What is StartMenu_Hook.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 StartMenu_Hook.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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StartMenu_Hook.exe file information

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

The process known as StartMenu_Hook.exe belongs to software Start Menu (version 8) or StartMenu8 by IObit (

Description: StartMenu_Hook.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. StartMenu_Hook.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 62,752 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 33,056 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. The StartMenu_Hook.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. It is certified by a trustworthy company. StartMenu_Hook.exe is not a Windows core file. StartMenu_Hook.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Start Menu 8 or StartMenu8.

Recommended: Identify StartMenu_Hook.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as StartMenu_Hook.exe. Therefore, you should check the StartMenu_Hook.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 from Iobit "Start Menu 8"

Summary: Average user rating of StartMenu_Hook.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving StartMenu_Hook issues

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