What is StarWindServiceAE.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 StarWindServiceAE.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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StarWindServiceAE.exe file information

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

The process known as StarWind iSCSI Target Alcohol Edition belongs to software StarWind Alcohol Edition or Seagate Manager Installer or Proxy Finder Enterprise Edition or Microsoft Age of Empires Gold or C5500n (version C5800Ldn Series GDI) or SAMSUNG USB Driver for Mobile by Rocket Division Software ( or StarWind Software.

Description: StarWindServiceAE.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. StarWindServiceAE.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 275,968 bytes (73% of all occurrences), 370,688 bytes, 295,936 bytes, 448,944 bytes or 283,136 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. StarWindServiceAE.exe is not a Windows system file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to use the software publisher's support or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Alcohol 120% (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify StarWindServiceAE.exe related errors

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

Part of program Alcohol
Alcohol 120%, not dangerous
Heard it caused my friend's computer some problems, like spyware or something. I'm trying to remove it off my computer but it won't let me.
It's part of Alcohol, ignore the comments claiming it's a virus.
  your mum  
Rocket Division Software is data storage, optical media and networking solutions vendor. We offer SDKs for CD/DVD recording and mastering, iSCSI and AoE virtual storage, local and network file systems.
  zagor   (further information)
its a service of Alcohol120%. You can go to C:/Program Files/Alcohol Soft/Alcohol 120/StarWind/StarWindServiceAE.exe and see that its the real deal.
Comes with Alcohol 120% I've had this program on my computer for almost two years, it has done absolutely nothing harmful to it; it's a burning program and this process creates a virtual drive. Nothing more.
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"
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of StarWindServiceAE.exe: based on 49 votes with 9 reviews. 31 users think StarWindServiceAE.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 4 users think StarWindServiceAE.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade StarWindServiceAE.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving StarWindServiceAE issues

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