What is gStart.exe?

The genuine gStart.exe file is a software component of Garmin POI Loader by Garmin.
Installed with all Garmin products, this application starts with Windows and runs in the background. When a Garmin device is plugged into your machine, gStart determines which devices has been connected and simultaneously launches the Garmin user interface. Founded in Kansas in 1989, Garmin produces consumer level navigational hardware and software.

gStart stands for gStart Application

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 gStart.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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GStart.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with gStart
GStart.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as gStart Application belongs to software Garmin POI Loader by GARMIN (

Description: GStart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file gStart.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,896,448 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,891,416 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. GStart.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using gStart.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Garmin POI Loader) or look for help from the software company Garmin.

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If gStart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 1,896,448 bytes. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows core file. GStart.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using gStart.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Garmin POI Loader).

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

Its a Garmin GPS utility
  brian k  
gStard.exe hatte bei mir die Steuerung in meinen drei Explorern (IE, Mozilla Firefox und Chrome) über nommen. Es war so hartnäckig und ließ sich durch Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner und auch CCleaner nicht aufspüren. Im Programm DEmisisoft Emergency Kit wurde mir klar angezeigt, daß gStart.exe kein Windowsprogramm ist und auch für Windows nicht notwendig sei. Das war mir schon vorher klar, denn diese Programm mußte heimlich beim Herunterladen eines anderen Programmes (kein Windowsprogramm) auf meinen PC geschlichen sein. Dieses Programm hatte meine gesamten Einsellungen immer wieder verstellt und sich als Herrscher über meine Explorer hervorgetan. Lästig und wiederlich war das. Ich habe Mozilla deinstalliert und ein völlig andere Version wieder aufinstalliert. Aber das half nichts. Dann habe ich Mozilla erneut deinstaliert, habe nach verbliebenen Dateiordnern von Mozilla gesucht, nicht gefunden, denn mein Windows-Suchprogramm hatte mir nichts angezeigt. Ich besitzte etwas tiefere Kenntnisse und war dann durch das gesamte Windowsprogramm manuell gegangen und habe ganz versteckt noch zwei Mozilla-Ordner gefunden. Diese hatte ich gelöscht und war dann in den Registerschlüssel von Microsoft gegangen und habe dort unter HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version den Mozillaschlüssel gefunden und entfernt. Danach habe ich noch einmal die Registry mit CCleaner bereinigt und von da an war ich mir sicher, dieses lästige "Ding" loszusein. Es war auch so, denn im IE und im Chrome war diese Software verschwunden. Danach hatte ich erneut Mozilla installiert und nun bin ich befreit von dieser lästigen und aufdringlichen Software, die als gefährlich eingestuft wurde, weil sie Daten verbreitet.
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Summary: Average user rating of gStart.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think gStart.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving gStart issues

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