What is PIconStartup.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 PIconStartup.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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PIconStartup.exe file information

The process known as PIcon startup utility or PIconStartup application belongs to software Intel® Management Engine Components or PIconSta Application or Intel® Management Engine or Intel® PIconStartup by Intel (

Description: PIconStartup.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PIconStartup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 134,616 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 111,640 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The PIconStartup.exe file is digitally signed. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The PIconStartup.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using PIconStartup.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Intel(R) Management Engine Components or Intel(R) Management Engine).

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If PIconStartup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 12% dangerous. The file size is 111,640 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 104,960 bytes. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The file is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file.

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


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Best practices for resolving PIconStartup issues

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