What is StartApps.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 StartApps.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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StartApps.exe file information

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

The process known as Starting up the applicaiton belongs to software Startup for Main Application or TWEAK REPAIR ENHANCE & PROTECT by Xportsoft Technologies.

Description: StartApps.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. StartApps.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 434,968 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 349,464 bytes or 504,544 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. StartApps.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to go to the support area of the Pcoptimizerpro website or uninstall PC Optimizer Pro or TWEAK REPAIR ENHANCE & PROTECT software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

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