What is start.vbs?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the start.vbs 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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Start.vbs file information

The process belongs to software PC Data App by unknown.

Description: Start.vbs is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Start.vbs is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 205 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 189 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, RunOnce, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Start.vbs is not a Windows system file. start.vbs appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous.

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If start.vbs is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 43% dangerous. The file size is 178 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 157 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, RunOnce, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file. start.vbs appears to be a compressed file.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramPC Data App.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as start.vbs, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example W32/Malit-A (detected by Sophos), and Trojan.Vbs.UAT (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the start.vbs 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 start issues

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