What is starter.exe?

The genuine starter.exe file is a software component of CodeStuff Starter by CodeStuff.
Starter.exe is an executable file that runs Starter, a program that lets users manage applications that run automatically after the operating system has booted. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Starter is a freeware utility application that displays a list of all running programs and their complete process information, such as used DLL files, memory usage, thread count, process priority, and more. Starter also lists hidden registry entries which users can safely edit or disable. Expert users may even add and delete their own entries.

Starter stands for Starter: Startup Manager for Windows

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 starter.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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Starter.exe file information

The process known as Bing Avatar or Starter MFC belongs to software Data Deposit Box by Acpana Business Systems ( or Microsoft (

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 10/8/7/XP are 516,608 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 308,512 bytes and 5 more variants. 
Starter.exe is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run). Starter.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramData Deposit Box or NetSoftware.

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

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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Best practices for resolving starter issues

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