What is StartEAK.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 StartEAK.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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StartEAK.exe file information

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

The process known as STARTEAK belongs to software Compaq Computer Corporation STARTEAK by Compaq Computer (

Description: StartEAK.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file StartEAK.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\Compaq\Easy Access Button Support\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,768 bytes (68% of all occurrences), 28,672 bytes or 40,960 bytes. 
The StartEAK.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall Easy Access Button Support or Easy Access Button 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 StartEAK.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the StartEAK.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

Audio Driver
its only a support Process, which supports the "special" key on you keyboard and can be reinstalled without any risk
This program is used to run the proprietary Compaq Keyboard buttons unique to Compaq cpu - according to the process list in Spybot S&D
  elaine   (further information)
Comaq system file
  Florian C.   (further information)
Can suck up pc cpu on startup, has run at 99 for 5 mins untill i ended it with task manager
Got this file on a Compaq yes but it was taking me like an hour to be able to do something with the computer. After I killed the process the machine finally came to life. Can be something else that's causing this problem on this machine I don't know.
when i turn on my computer it takes so long to start after i log on and i didnt know what was going on so i start task manager when i log on and i see the process "starteak.exe" and it was using so much cpu so i closed it or ended the process and finally my computer loaded. but i have to do it everytime i log on
waste of cpu on under powered machines
Keyboard driver. But can drink CPU cycles. Kill it.
  Greg The Vet  
Issue solved by reinstalling the HP easy Access Keyboard driver
  Marc Delederray   (further information)
It comes with the driver for my Compaq Ku-9978 keyboard (also EAUSBKBD.exe and CPQEADM.exe)

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Summary: Average user rating of StartEAK.exe: based on 15 votes with 11 user comments. 8 users think StartEAK.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks StartEAK.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade StartEAK.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving StartEAK issues

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