What does the Startup.exe file do?
The Startup.exe process is also known as Startup MFC Application or, as the case may be, Creative Element Power Tools Startup module and is a part of Startup Application or, as the case may be, Data Deposit Box. This software is produced by Creative Element (www.creativelement.com) or, as the case may be, Kaspersky Lab (www.kaspersky.com). An obsolete or defective version of Startup.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Startup MFC Application has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Startup MFC Application has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Startup.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module Startup.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about Startup.exe Startup MFC Application
Startup.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Startup.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 24,576 bytes (40% of all these files), 139,264 bytes, 72,208 bytes or, as the case may be, 254,944 bytes.
The Startup file is not part of the Windows operating system. This file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. This particular software is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run). Startup.exe is capable of modify other Windows tasks. For this reason, 27% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A Startup.exe file has a 36% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 65,536 bytes. This particular software is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. There is no internal description of the file. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run). This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Startup.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
- A Startup.exe file has a 36% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 57,344 bytes (50% of all these files), 53,248 bytes or, as the case may be, 36,864 bytes. The program appears as a window on the desktop. It does not supply any version information or other description. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run). It is no part of Microsoft Windows.
- A Startup.exe file has a 46% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 367,104 bytes.
- A Startup.exe file has a 28% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder. In this case, the file size is usually 77,824 bytes.
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 Startup.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 Startup?
|Lotus Notes |
|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
Summary: 2 users judge Startup.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted Startup.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Startup Application or Data Deposit Box
To remove Startup MFC Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Startup Application or Data Deposit Box in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if Startup.exe (Startup MFC Application) 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 Startup MFC Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Startup MFC Application 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 Startup.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.