The genuine gStart.exe file is a software component of Garmin POI Loader by Garmin.
Installed with all Garmin products, this application starts with Windows and runs in the background. When a Garmin device is plugged into your machine, gStart determines which devices has been connected and simultaneously launches the Garmin user interface. Founded in Kansas in 1989, Garmin produces consumer level navigational hardware and software.
gStart stands for gStart Application
The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the gStart.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.
Description: GStart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file gStart.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,896,448 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,891,416 bytes.
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. GStart.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If gStart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 1,896,448 bytes. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows core file. GStart.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as gStart.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the gStart.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with gStart. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the gStart.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.