Most antivirus programs identify startpoint.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/Bayads, and TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_SEARCH.
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Description: Startpoint.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Startpoint.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 631,064 bytes.
The program has no visible window. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). Startpoint.exe is not a Windows system file. Startpoint.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous.
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If startpoint.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 44% dangerous. The file size is 644,376 bytes. The program has no visible window. The startpoint.exe file is digitally signed. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The startpoint.exe file is not a Windows core file. Startpoint.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
Important: You should check the startpoint.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If startpoint.exe has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active startpoint process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the startpoint.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.