What is ISStart.exe?

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 ISStart.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.

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ISStart.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ISStart
ISStart.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Logitech QuickCam Startup Application or ImageStudio Startup Application

belongs to software Logitech QuickCam Software or Logitech QuickCam or Labtec WebCam Software or Logitech ImageStudio or Labtec WebCam or Software Logitech QuickCam or Logiciel WebCam de Labtec

by Logitech ( or Labtec (

Description: ISStart.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ISStart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 458,752 bytes (97% of all occurrences), 155,648 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. File is hidden. ISStart.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with ISStart.exe, you can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Logitech Image Studio or Logitech QuickCam Software (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) look for help from the software company Logitech
  3) verify that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify ISStart.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name ISStart.exe, for example TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.anxi (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the ISStart.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.


User Comments

LogitechGalleryRepair / LogitechVideoRepair - part of Logitech Image Studio - installed with Logitech QuickCam cameras. Required from version 8.11 onwards if you use the software to take pictures and capture videos, not if you don't. Also not required for versions up to and including 7.30 and after version 8.30
  Josef S  
Logitech ImageStudio
Internet Information services. Runs on startup so you can host your own webserver on a PC that has a static IP. Other uses.
Not Much on start up menu
Addition to previous comment: I was no longer able to change the webcam's settings *in QuickCapture*. I had access to all the normal audio and video settings through all other programs
This info applies to Logitech QuickCam driver version for the QuickCam Pro 4000. As Josef S says, ISStart.exe is loaded on startup under the name LogitechVideoRepair. I have run the Logitech QuickCam software, including capturing images and video using QuickCapture successfully with ISStart.exe at least not loaded on startup. The only anomaly that I noticed was that I was no longer able to change the webcam's settings.

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Summary: Average user rating of ISStart.exe: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think ISStart.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks ISStart.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ISStart issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ISStart. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ISStart.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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