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What is Starter.exe?

Starter.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if Starter.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Starter.exe file information

The process known as Startup Manager for Windows (version 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003, 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP/.NET) or This program launches the mixer and configurator or Bing Avatar or Starter MFC or starter MFC Application

belongs to software CodeStuff Starter or Data Deposit Box or UnInstall Envy24 Family Audio or DC-Sakura Boyish-Downloader or Microsoft Fighter Ace II

by CodeStuff (codestuff.tripod.com) or Acpana Business Systems (www.kineticd.com) or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or The Boyishsoft or Creative Technology (www.creative.com).

Description: Starter.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file Starter.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 380,928 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 516,608 bytes and 12 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/starter.exe.html 
Starter.exe is not a Windows core file. Starter.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ CodeStuff Starter or NetSoftware.

Recommended: Identify Starter.exe related errors

If Starter.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 29% dangerous. The file size is 155,714 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 22,528 bytes. The program has a visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The Starter.exe file is not a Windows system file.

If Starter.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 14% dangerous. The file size is 382,464 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Starter.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "Creative PCI Audio Configuration Utility" is not required to run at start up. System Tray icon to configure a Creative Soundblaster PCI soundcard. Not required and re-instates itself when un-checked. Try one of the solutions on this special page. Similar to EnsoniqMixer
  • "EnsoniqMixer" can run at start up. Puts the Ensoniq mixer in system tray. From Ensoniq Technologies "Our mixer is a critical part of the soundcard as it fixes sound problems and replaces the MS mixer which can no longer be used". Similar to Creative PCI Audio Configuration Utility
  • "precpop2" definitely not required. PrecisionPop adware

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Starter.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Starter.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

its a startup monitor, like security task manager
  R3ND3R   (further information)
Also the name of the application process for Encyclopedia Britannica DVD edition
starter MFC Application has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Summary: Average user rating of Starter.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments.
One user thinks Starter.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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