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What is PIconStartup.exe?

PIconStartup.exe is part of PIconSta Application according to the PIconStartup.exe version information.

PIconStartup.exe's description is "PIconStartup application"

PIconStartup.exe is digitally signed by Intel Corporation.

PIconStartup.exe is usually located in the 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\Privacy Icon\' folder.

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about PIconStartup.exe.

If you have additional information about the file, please share it with the FreeFixer users by posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Vendor and version information [?]

Product namePIconSta Application
File descriptionPIconStartup application
Internal namePIconStartup
Original filenamePIconStartup.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright © 2009, Intel Corporation..
Product version6, 0, 0, 0
File version6, 0, 0, 0

The following is the available information on PIconStartup.exe:

Product namePIconSta Application
File descriptionPIconStartup application
Internal namePIconStartup
Original filenamePIconStartup.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright © 2009, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
Product version6, 0, 0, 0
File version6, 0, 0, 0

Digital signatures [?]

This file has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameIntel Corporation
Certificate issuer nameVeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2004 CA
Certificate serial number48ee2c9dad71450944a11371a80c0069

VirusTotal report

None of the 46 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the PIconStartup.exe file.

None of the 46 anti-virus programs detected the PIconStartup.exe file.

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Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to piconstartup.exe:

piconstartup.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

piconstartup.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

PIconStartup application has stopped working.

End Program - piconstartup.exe. This program is not responding.

piconstartup.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

piconstartup.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

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What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what users chose to do with the file. 44% have voted for removal. Based on votes from 78 users.

User vote results: There were 34 votes to remove and 44 votes to keep

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Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

Roger Karlsson writes

2 thumbs

PIconStartup.exe is signed by Intel Corporation. It is a legitimate file.

# 5 Sep 2011, 13:02

Romaena writes

0 thumbs

This arrived in my start-up list after downloading new drivers from Intel. It's legitimate.

# 24 Nov 2011, 20:33

Gaius Gracchus writes

8 thumbs

To understand the purpose of PIconStartup.exe, you need to know that Intel has something called Active Management Technology (AMT) built into its chips that will allow IT administrators to remotely support and manage a user’s computer, even if the user is not present or has turned off the computer.

So Intel wanted to provide a way for the end user to tell if AMT was enabled on the system or not, and this is the IMSS (Intel Management and security Status) icon application.

When PIconStartup.exe is in the startup of msconfig, an IMSS icon will show in the system tray. If you click on the icon, you can see if AMT is on or off and turn it off if you want to. In Windows7, this icon looks like a small blue key in a box outlined in blue.

Removing PIconStartup.exe from startup just means the icon won't show up in the system tray and give a shortcut to the application interface for end user control of this AMT software.

Removing PIconStartup.exe will not cause harm to the system.

# 29 Apr 2012, 9:29

Gaius Gracchus writes

1 thumb

Actually, the IMSS interface allows just the turning off of the icon in the tray. To turn off AMT itself you need to go into the Configuration of your BIOS.

# 29 Apr 2012, 9:51

Roger Karlsson writes

0 thumbs

@Gaius: Thank you for the detailed info on PIconStartup.exe.

# 3 May 2012, 12:32

Anthony Procter writes

0 thumbs

Doesn't actually TELL ME what it does ????

Your spam bot detector didn't accept II (Roman numerals) for no of eyes a cat has.....

# 17 Dec 2017, 0:41

Roger Karlsson writes

0 thumbs

@Anthony: Gaius Gracchus gives a pretty detailed description of the piconstartup.exe file.

Good point on the spam bot detector question. "II" is not accepted.

# 26 Dec 2017, 3:23

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