What is startup.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 startup.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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Startup.exe file information

The process known as Startup MFC Application or Creative Element Power Tools Startup module or This is a component of Creative Element Power Tools or Start-Up or Program Starter or Absolute StartUp provides absolute control on startup programs

belongs to software Startup Application or Creative Element Power Tools or Data Deposit Box or Absolute Startup manager or Norton Ghost or Program Starter

by Creative Element ( or Acpana Business Systems ( or ExtraMile Software or F-Group Software ( or Kaspersky Lab (

Description: Startup.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Startup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 24,576 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 72,208 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The startup.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, Winlogon\Shell, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The process has no file description. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In case you experience problems using startup.exe, you might want to completely remove Absolute Uninstaller or Absolute Startup manager (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name startup.exe, for example Win32:VB-IZG (detected by Avast), and Trojan-Downloader.Win32.AutoIt.aa or Backdoor.Win32.IRCBot.qmo (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the startup.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

Lotus Notes
  Jason Huber  
Quick StartUp (Startup Manager) is a program integrated in Absolute Uninstaller 2.1 suite that was developed to provide quick access to all of the programs that are automatically started when you turn on or logon to your computer. Such programs consume a good part of your system's resources, and can slow down other programs. Using Quick Startup, you can inspect, edit, and/or temporary disable such programs and so on.
The name sounds suspect, it could be a trick or malware.
takes up a whole hell of a lot of CPU!
It always disturb when anything goes wrong with the DVD/CD Drive in my computer, and the system automatically start up itself.
  Supam B. Chakma  
It appeared in my startup folder...
it is useful to remove virus entry from computer
  Amit ughade  
Startup Control Panel is a nifty control panel applet that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts.
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Notifications. Should be harmles. Just turn it off.
  Payed Monkey  
not able to play a VCD
A program to monitor registry. I use it and it is very useful. When there is something tries to change registry, the Startup Exe informs me about that and gives me option whether I want to accept that or not.
  Eko Hermiyanto  

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Summary: Average user rating of startup.exe: based on 9 votes with 11 user comments. 2 users think startup.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks startup.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade startup.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving startup issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with startup. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 startup.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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