What is StartupMonitor.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 StartupMonitor.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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StartupMonitor.exe file information

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

The process known as StartupMonitor belongs to software StartupMonitor or Startup Mechanic by Mike Lin (

Description: StartupMonitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. StartupMonitor.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 folder—normally C:\Windows\ or C:\Program Files\Startup Mechanic\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 86,016 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The StartupMonitor.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, Run). The program is not visible. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > StartupMonitor).

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware disguises itself as StartupMonitor.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the StartupMonitor.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

Small program that monitors your startup folders and pops up of a process tries to add an entry there.
  Rune Melhus   (further information)
Very handy - warns you when something tries to add a startup process
  Thom Chesshyre  
Terrific little program that warns you whan an application registers something to run at startup.
Best little program i have found helps stop programs form add parts of it self to reg......unless you want to.
A very handy user-friendly program which controls whatever program that tries to add into your system startup list. It also scan and remove or disable unnecessary harmful program fromyour startup list. works incredibly together with a antispyware and antiadware program
Works great ! Prevents adware dragons from growing new heads in the registry as you chop them off.
Used this great utility for years and consider it essential. Use without fear - it's clean.
the best program ever
Great program to run, gives you back control
I'm suspicious that it did not stop when I attempted to disable it. I find traces of it in various monitoring utilities and wonder what it's doing and what it's reporting to whom or where? as mentioned by others, it often erroneously identifies programs as useless or dangerous that are not. For example, it doesn't like nwiz, a program that my NVIDIA graphics card apprarently installed. Security Task Manager shows it as "potentially dangerous" because it starts with Windows, messes with the Registry, has no visible window and operates invisibly.
  Rick Cooper  
Have had the program for some time; very satisfied.
Used it for years, excellent startup control, not a virus!
excellent utility!
  ark   (further information)
Mike Lin's program to monitor unanticipated changes in startup file.
startup monitor & startup control panel are must have programes!
  Phill.   (further information)
It does not identify any program as useless or dangerous; rather, it notifies you when a program tries to insert itself into the Windoze start queue and asks whether you want to allow the program to do this or not. One of the greatest little Windoze utilities around!
Good utility which stops installers starting 'thier' program at system startup without your permission.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of StartupMonitor.exe: based on 23 votes with 17 user comments. 22 users think StartupMonitor.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving StartupMonitor issues

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