What is NeroStartSmart.exe?

The genuine NeroStartSmart.exe file is a software component of Nero StartSmart by Ahead Software AG | Nero AG.
"NeroStartSmart.exe" is a Windows file that launches and operates an easy-to-use menu for Nero software. It basically displays all Nero products within a suite of software in one main launcher-style console for easy access. This can include software that creates data backups, copies discs, burns data discs, makes video DVD discs, converts and burns video, and much more. Anything within a particular Nero suite of software will be included in the "NeroStartSmart.exe" file for that suite. Nero AG is owned by Ahead Software AG and their focus is on providing ways to enjoy video, music, photos, and more, and then provide it to consumers across the globe. Ahead started in 1995 and they created Nero AG in 2001, but had Nero software since they began in 1995.

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 NeroStartSmart.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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NeroStartSmart.exe file information

The process known as Nero StartSmart (version 9 Application, 8 Application) belongs to software Nero StartSmart or Nero 8 Essentials by Nero AG ( or Ahead Software AG (

Description: NeroStartSmart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. NeroStartSmart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 4,706,390 bytes. 
NeroStartSmart.exe is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. NeroStartSmart.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using NeroStartSmart.exe, you could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramNero 8 Essentials.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as NeroStartSmart.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the NeroStartSmart.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

needs to know more about it
it is a very good program
  tirla razavn  
Nerostartsmart.exe is a burning program created by Ahead Software AG. The file is usually found in Program Files\Ahead\Nero StartSmart folder.
  Dr. Ashley   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of NeroStartSmart.exe: based on 12 votes with 3 user comments. 10 users think NeroStartSmart.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving NeroStartSmart issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with NeroStartSmart. 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 NeroStartSmart.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.

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