What is Startup.exe?

The genuine Startup.exe file is a software component of Quick Startup by Glarysoft.
Quick Startup is a utility program to manage startup applications that automatically run on system bootup. Startup.exe runs the Quick Startup application. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Quick Startup is a freeware tool to manage Windows startup entries. The program lets users browse, add, edit, disable, delay or delete all startup entries that are present on the system. The program also displays security risk ratings, and allows individual comments to be written for each startup entry. Quick Startup supports the Windows platform. Glarysoft Ltd is an American Internet company that develops multimedia, system and network applications for the Windows and Android platforms. The company was founded in 2003.

Startup stands for Quick Startup Launcher

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 Startup.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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Startup.exe file information

The process known as Startup MFC Application or Creative Element Power Tools Startup module belongs to software Startup Application or Data Deposit Box or Creative Element Power Tools by Creative Element ( or Kaspersky Lab (

Description: Startup.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Startup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 72,208 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 179,200 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The Startup.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run, DEFAULT\Run). Startup.exe is a file with no information about its developer. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using Startup.exe, you might want to completely remove Absolute Startup manager or Data Deposit Box (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify Startup.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Startup.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example PUA.Gen.5 or Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec), and Adware.Generic.1197017 (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the Startup.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Startup module 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 ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Lotus Notes
  Jason Huber  
Quick StartUp (Startup Manager) is a program integrated in Absolute Uninstaller 2.1 suite that was developed to provide quick access to all of the programs that are automatically started when you turn on or logon to your computer. Such programs consume a good part of your system's resources, and can slow down other programs. Using Quick Startup, you can inspect, edit, and/or temporary disable such programs and so on.
The name sounds suspect, it could be a trick or malware.
takes up a whole hell of a lot of CPU!
It always disturb when anything goes wrong with the DVD/CD Drive in my computer, and the system automatically start up itself.
  Supam B. Chakma  
It appeared in my startup folder...
it is useful to remove virus entry from computer
  Amit ughade  
Startup Control Panel is a nifty control panel applet that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts.
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Notifications. Should be harmles. Just turn it off.
  Payed Monkey  
not able to play a VCD
A program to monitor registry. I use it and it is very useful. When there is something tries to change registry, the Startup Exe informs me about that and gives me option whether I want to accept that or not.
  Eko Hermiyanto  
missing rtl120.bpl
  koloman tiser  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Startup.exe: based on 11 votes with 12 user comments. 4 users think Startup.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks Startup.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade Startup.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Startup issues

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