What is ViStart.exe?

The genuine ViStart.exe file is a software component of ViStart - The Vista Start Menu by Lee Matthew Chantrey & Windows X.
Lee-Soft, a website, was formed in mid-2007 by a university student. ViStart is a program that changes the appearance of the Menu in Windows Vista. The different looks are called 'skins' and ViStart is completely skinnable. Though it might seem trustworthy, many users complain about a possible malware attack. Certain anti-malware programs might even quarantine the program.

ViStart stands for Vista Start

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 ViStart.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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ViStart.exe file information

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

The process known as ViStart belongs to software ViStart - The Vista Start Menu or ViStart - The (version 7 Start Menu) by Lee Matthew Chantrey & Windows X ( or (

Description: ViStart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ViStart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 593,920 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 589,824 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The ViStart.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. ViStart.exe is not a Windows system file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). ViStart.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ViStart.exe, you might want to do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ViStart.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ViStart.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 is used for mimicing the Vista start menu in Windows XP. I don't think it's dangerous.
    (further information)
ändert das startmenue von windows xp in vista Style
ViStart is a theme modifier that makes your start bar look like Vista's start bar.
  stephen w   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ViStart.exe: based on 5 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think ViStart.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ViStart issues

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