What is StarWindService.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 StarWindService.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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StarWindService.exe file information

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

The process known as StarWind iSCSI Target Alcohol Edition belongs to software StarWind or Alcohol (version 120%) or StarWind iSCSI Service or Space Synthesizer or StarWind iSCSI Service, StarWind iSCSI Service by Rocket Division Software (

Description: StarWindService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. StarWindService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 217,600 bytes (99% of all occurrences) or 234,496 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of StarWindService.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAlcohol 120% or get help from the software vendor Alcohol-soft.

Recommended: Identify StarWindService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as StarWindService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the StarWindService.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

it's maybe not dangerous, but i think it is to hard for good condition for my computer. I will uninstall alcohol 120%
evidently also runs with alcohol 52% services.msc enables network access to local burners via iSCSI protocol gonna change it from auto to manual or disabled
application is running, so u cant delete it. Open task (ctrl+alt+dlt) processes choose "all processes from all users" find "starwind" and END PROCESS open C: program files delete "alcohol"
There is now a new file called StarWindServiceAE.exe located in Root:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\Star\WindserviceAE.exe and is again associated with Alcohol120 full download edition The AE varient is not yet listed on
Starwindservice.exe belongs to iSCSI-Drivers eg. Trekstor. It is used to mount network drives.
Alcohol 120% process. Periotically checks for updates now and again. If you are leary about it running in the background communicating to the internet, you could restrict it's access via Firewall.
  IT Tech Guy  
part of alchol 120% which let to mount images via network
Its a part of Alcohol!!! i searched my pc , and he found it at the alcohol files
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of StarWindService.exe: based on 112 votes with 9 reviews. 64 users think StarWindService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 16 users think it's probably harmless. 20 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users suspect danger. 3 users think StarWindService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade StarWindService.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving StarWindService issues

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