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What is start.exe?

Start.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if start.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Start.exe file information

The process known as Security Application Launcher or Aquarius Soft PC Remote Shutdown Pro Client Window or RedDwarf

belongs to software Authentium ESP (version 3) or MAGIX music maker (version 2004 deLuxe) or rgc:audio Triangle II or BT Internet Security Pack or Aquarius Soft PC Remote Shutdown

by Authentium (www.authentium.com) or Aquarius Soft (www.aquariussoft.com) or Motive Communications (www.motive.com).

Description: Start.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. start.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 108,421 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 62,952 bytes and 5 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/start.exe.html 
The start.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The application has no file description. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you are having problems with start.exe, you could also remove the entire program rgc:audio Triangle II or MAGIX music maker 2004 deLuxe using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify start.exe related errors

If start.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 1,484,597 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes, 127,073 bytes or 192,512 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is not a Windows core file. Start.exe is able to record inputs.

If start.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 3,072 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 98,304 bytes, 1,089,598 bytes or 1,105,982 bytes. There is no file information. Start.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The application uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet.

If start.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 11,920 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 478,720 bytes.

If start.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 45% dangerous. The file size is 929,854 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 3,042,309 bytes.

If start.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 256,085 bytes.

If start.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 34,321 bytes.

If start.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 62% dangerous. The file size is 633,856 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "Secret-Crush" definitely not required. Hijacker that may reset your browser's home page and/or search settings to point to undesired sites
  • "start": ??

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as start.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example Heuristic.ADH (detected by Symantec), and Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Boltolog.klh or not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.CheatMonitor.a (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the start.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

Spyware/Virus/Trojaner - Gefahr
Error message when trying to load Grammar Rocks
  Tomi Deevers  
Installed as launcher for Sandboxie service
  Rich M (Richm470 at y'hoo)   (further information)
Tagged by Avast as generic rootkit.
it comes up when you start your computer asking to install anti-spyware software, when infact the program itself is the spyware
It is part of the well-known Sandboxie application (a program to secure the running of applications) when starting sandbox
  Eric de Jong   (further information)
It's a process installed with Sandboxie, but should not be running.
  Gerald Savvin   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of start.exe: based on 12 votes with 7 user comments.
6 users think start.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think start.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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