How to remove the startdrv virus

Most antivirus programs identify startdrv.exe as malware—for example Sophos identifies it as Mal/Dropper-O, and Kaspersky identifies it as

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Startdrv.exe file information

The process contains no information about the creator.

Description: Startdrv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Startdrv.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 20,992 bytes (71% of all occurrences) or 21,504 bytes. 
Startdrv.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has a visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify startdrv.exe related errors

Important: You should check the startdrv.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

i would like to download this file
  gil shaked  
STARTDRV.exe, located in c:\windows\temp, is a Trojan Horse
Identified as trojan by AGV (Downloader.Agent.MMH)
it is a trojan downloader
Set at xx:/windows/temp/startdrv.exe . Impossible to remove on normal mode and invisible to taskmanager. Reboot in safe mode and delete the fle
  T. Taniguchi  
It's a Virus!
  Tim   (further information)
It's a virus that re-introduces it's self every time I reboot, even in safe mode.
  Stephen Miller   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of startdrv.exe: based on 12 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users suspect danger. 9 users think startdrv.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving startdrv issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active startdrv process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the startdrv.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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