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What does the GhostStartService.exe file do?

The GhostStartService.exe process is also known as Norton Ghost Start and is a part of Norton Ghost Start Service. This software is produced by Symantec (www.symantec.com). An obsolete or defective version of GhostStartService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about GhostStartService.exe Norton Ghost Start

GhostStartService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. GhostStartService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - normally C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost 2003\ respectively C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Ghost\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 200,704 bytes (87% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 212,992 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 19% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves GhostStartService.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about GhostStartService?

Norton Ghost. Service File. But what does it do ?
Norton Ghost Service
Ghost start service.Can be turned off in services but causes no probs.
Belongs to Norton Ghost
It belongs to Northon ghost, (image drive backup)

Summary: 7 users judge GhostStartService.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall Norton Ghost Start Service

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To remove Norton Ghost Start from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Norton Ghost Start Service in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if GhostStartService.exe (Norton Ghost Start) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Norton Ghost Start. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Norton Ghost Start or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or GhostStartService.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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