What is swstrtr.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 swstrtr.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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Swstrtr.exe file information

The process known as DataDirect SequeLink Service Starter belongs to software Macromedia ColdFusion MX or Macromedia ColdFusion (version MX 7) by DataDirect Technologies (

Description: Swstrtr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Swstrtr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 118,853 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 102,469 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Swstrtr.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You might want to remove the entire program Macromedia ColdFusion MX or Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify swstrtr.exe related errors

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

So far it freeses my windows taskbar and when i terminate the application from task manager, after a while i loose dial-up connection and pc never re-connects...Prolly not dangerous, but the pc freezing stuff pisses me off :)
ColdFusion MX ODBC Server
  Richard Cox   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of swstrtr.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks swstrtr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving swstrtr issues

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