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What is hstart.exe?

hstart.exe is part of hstart and developed by Dell according to the hstart.exe version information.

hstart.exe's description is "Hidden Start"

hstart.exe is digitally signed by Dell Inc..

hstart.exe is usually located in the 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell DataSafe Local Backup\Components\DSUpdate\' folder.

Some of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal detected hstart.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 namehstart
Company nameDell
File descriptionHidden Start
Internal namehstart.exe
Original filenamehstart.exe
Legal copyright© 2009 Dell
Product version2.2.0.0
File version2.2.0.0

The following is the available information on hstart.exe:

Product namehstart
Company nameDell
File descriptionHidden Start
Internal namehstart.exe
Original filenamehstart.exe
Legal copyright© 2009 Dell
Product version2.2.0.0
File version2.2.0.0

Digital signatures [?]

This file has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameDell Inc.
Certificate issuer nameVeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2004 CA
Certificate serial number18a686a1229059017a672136ac2e7265

VirusTotal report

1 of the 47 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the hstart.exe file. That's a 2% detection rate.

ScannerDetection Name
ESET-NOD32 a variant of Win32/HiddenStart.A
1 of the 47 anti-virus programs detected the hstart.exe file.

Hashes [?]


Error Messages

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

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

hstart.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.

Hidden Start has stopped working.

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

hstart.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

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

What will you do with hstart.exe?

To help other users, please let us know what you will do with hstart.exe:

What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what users chose to do with hstart.exe. 53% have voted for removal. Based on votes from 19 users.

User vote results: There were 10 votes to remove and 9 votes to keep

NOTE: Please do not use this poll as the only source of input to determine what you will do with hstart.exe. Only 19 users has voted so far so it does not offer a high degree of confidence.

Malware or legitimate?

If you feel that you need more information to determine if your should keep this file or remove it, please read this guide.

Please select the option that best describe your thoughts on the information provided on this web page

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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.

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