What is Start8Srv.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 Start8Srv.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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Start8Srv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Start8Srv
Start8Srv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

Description: Start8Srv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Start8Srv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 142,960 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 143,288 bytes, 143,024 bytes or 143,624 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is digitally signed. Start8Srv.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Start8Srv.exe come up, you can also do the following:
  • ask for help from Support
  • update the program to the latest version
  • uninstall Stardock Start8 or Start8 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify Start8Srv.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Start8Srv.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Start8Srv.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 Start8Srv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Start8Srv. 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 Start8Srv.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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