What is StartService.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 StartService.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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StartService.exe file information

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

The file itself provides very little indication as to its creator. However, here are some useful tips about StartService.exe.

Description: StartService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The StartService.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 356,352 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 475,136 bytes, 409,600 bytes, 487,424 bytes or 479,232 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). StartService.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as StartService.exe. Therefore, you should check the StartService.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

Seems like a malware
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Summary: Average user rating of StartService.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving StartService issues

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