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 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

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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 8/7/XP are 380,928 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 516,608 bytes and 12 more variants. 
Starter.exe is not a Windows core file. Starter.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ CodeStuff Starter or NetSoftware.

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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 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 Starter.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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