What is Start8.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 Start8.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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Start8.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Start8
Start8.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Start8 belongs to software Stardock Start8 or Stardock by Stardock Software.

Description: Start8.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Start8.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 240,816 bytes. 
It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows system file. Start8.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with Start8.exe, you could do the following:
  1) uninstall Stardock Start8 or Start8 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) go to the support area [1][2] of the Stardock website
  3) update to a possibly bug-fixed version.

Recommended: Identify Start8.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Start8.exe. Therefore, you should check the Start8.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 Start8 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Start8. 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 Start8.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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