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Should I remove ASUS FancyStart?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
44% remove it56% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #624
United States Rank #942
Reach 1.0755%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.50 days
427.63 days >
Average installed length: 224.69 days


1.1.1 20.01%
1.1.0 20.03%
1.0.8 41.07%
1.0.6 14.12%
1.0.5 2.75%
1.0.4 0.74%
1.0.3 0.16%
1.0.2 0.69%
1.0.1 0.42%

Other programs by ASUS

ASUS FancyStart

What is ASUS FancyStart?

FancyStart is a utility that allows you to change the boot logo at computer startup. You can access this utility in Windows via the Start menu. It has options to completely customize your bootup including backgrounds, photos, and sounds.


The most common release is 1.0.8, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named _6FEFF9B68218417F98F549.exe. The setup package generally installs about 62 files and is usually about 8.14 MB (8,536,576 bytes). The installed file hd-updaterservice.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.
Some users and experts alike have reported that this program is considered bloatware or bundleware. Such software is optional and can be safely removed if you do not utilize the features of the progam.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the ASUS PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
URL: www.asus.com
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{2B81872B-A054-48DA-BE3B-FA5C164C303A}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{C944B4C5-1C4D-4D95-8AC0-7CEF13914131}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 8.14 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by ASUS FancyStart

Program executable:_6FEFF9B68218417F98F549.exe
Additional files:
  • _06A25776E43957E4BCFF7B.exe
  • _6FEFF9B68218417F98F549.exe
  • _5598CE641C54B66A23693F.exe
  • _8FECA0B7E1E0D1C736F74A.exe
  • adbwinapi.dll (by Google, inc) - Android SDK (Android ADB API)
  • adbwinusbapi.dll (by Google, inc) - Android ADB API (WinUsb)
  • d3dcompiler_43.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® DirectX for Windows® (Direct3D HLSL Compiler)
  • d3dcompiler_47.dll (by Microsoft) - Direct3D HLSL Compiler for Redistribution
  • devcomponents.dotnetbar2.dll (by DevComponents.com) - DevComponents.DotNetBar
  • hd-adb.exe
  • hd-agent.exe (by BlueStack Systems) - BlueStacks (BlueStacks Agent)
  • hd-apkhandler.exe (by BlueStack Systems) - BlueStacks Apk Handler
  • hd-audio-native.dll - BlueStacks Audio Native Library
  • hd-blockdevice.exe - BlueStacks Block Device Helper Process
  • hd-camera-native.dll - BlueStacks Camera Native Library
  • hd-confighttpproxy.exe - BlueStacks HTTP Proxy Configuration Tool
  • hd-createsymlink.exe - BlueStacks Symlink Creator
  • hd-dxcheck.exe - BlueStacks GLCheck Utility
  • hd-frontend.exe - BlueStacks Frontend
  • hd-frontend-native.dll - BlueStacks Frontend Native Library
  • hd-glcheck.exe
  • hd-gpslocator-native.dll - BlueStacks Gps Locator Native Library
  • hd-gps-native.dll - BlueStacks Gps Native Library
  • hd-guestcommandrunner.exe - BlueStacks Guest Command Runner
  • hd-hypervisor-amd64.sys - BlueStacks Hypervisor for amd64
  • hd-hypervisor-x86.sys - BlueStacks Hypervisor for x86
  • hd-inputmapper-native.dll - BlueStacks InputMapper Native Library
  • hd-libraryhandler.dll - BlueStacks Utility Library
  • hd-logcollector.exe - BlueStacks Log Collector
  • hd-logger-native.dll - BlueStacks Logger Native Library
  • hd-logrotator.exe - BlueStacks Log Rotator
  • hd-logrotator-native.dll - BlueStacks Log Rotator Native Library
  • hd-logrotatorservice.exe - BlueStacks Log Rotator Service
  • hd-network.exe - BlueStacks Network Helper Process
  • hd-opengl-native.dll - BlueStacks Opengl Native Library
  • hd-opensensor-native.dll - BlueStacks OpenSensor Native Library
  • hd-optipng.exe
  • hd-png2ico.exe
  • hd-quit.exe - BlueStacks Quit Utility
  • hd-quitmultiinstance.exe
  • hd-restart.exe - BlueStacks Restart Utility
  • hd-runapp.exe - BlueStacks App Runner
  • hd-runtimeuninstaller.exe - BlueStacks Runtime Uninstaller
  • hd-sensor-native.dll - BlueStacks Sensor Native Library
  • hd-service.exe - BlueStacks Service
  • hd-service-native.dll - BlueStacks Service Native Library
  • hd-sharedfolder.exe - BlueStacks Shared Folder Helper Process
  • hd-shortcuthandler.dll
  • hd-sslcertificatetool.exe
  • hd-startlauncher.exe - BlueStacks StartLauncher
  • hd-systemdeviceinfo.dll - BlueStacks System Device Info Library
  • hd-tilecreator.exe
  • hd-unzip.exe (by Info-ZIP) - Info-ZIP's UnZip for Windows (Info-ZIP's UnZip for Win32 console)
  • hd-updatehelper.exe
  • hd-updaterservice.exe - BlueStacks Updater Service
  • hd-vmcommand-native.dll - BlueStacks VM Command Runner Native Library
  • hd-vtxcheck-native.dll - BlueStacks VtxCheck Native Library
  • hd-zip.exe
  • json.dll (by CodeTitans)
  • libegl.dll - ANGLE libEGL Dynamic Link Library

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • hd-startlauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9478AAEF-E672-4C01-9928-7EAB3CE6F846}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • hd-agent.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named BlueStacks Agent.
3 Services
  • hd-logrotatorservice.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Log Rotator Service' (BstHdLogRotatorSvc).
  • hd-updaterservice.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Updater Service' (BstHdUpdaterSvc).
  • hd-service.exe runs as a service named 'BlueStacks Android Service' (BstHdAndroidSvc).
Startup File (User Run)
  • hd-agent.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'BlueStacks Agent' and executes as C:\Program Files\Bluestacks\HD-Agent.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • hd-agent.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BlueStacks Agent' which loads as C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-Agent.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • hd-adb.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\HD-Adb.exe'.

How do I remove ASUS FancyStart?

You can uninstall ASUS FancyStart from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ASUS FancyStart, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove ASUS FancyStart.

Win 7 (SP1) 81%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 44%
Keep it 56%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 88.77%
Windows 10 9.32%
Windows Vista 1.64%
Windows XP 0.27%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 74.92%
Windows 10 Home 7.03%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.42%
Windows 7 Professional 4.36%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.50%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 1.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.09%
  France 8.28%
  Germany 7.27%
  Italy 5.78%
  United Kingdom 3.56%
  Netherlands 3.56%
  Canada 3.34%
  Australia 2.84%
  Taiwan 2.04%
  Sweden 2.01%
  Spain 2.00%
  Iran 1.79%
  Poland 1.48%
  Belgium 1.35%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 98.67%
Dell 0.51%
Acer 0.42%
Hewlett-Packard 0.39%
Common models
ASUSTeK K53E 9.13%
ASUSTeK K52F 6.56%
ASUSTeK K54C 6.29%
ASUSTeK K53SV 5.24%
ASUSTeK K50IJ 4.83%
ASUSTeK K53U 3.74%

About ASUS

ASUSTeK Computer, also often called ASUS is a computer hardware & electronics company.
Publisher URL: www.asus.com

comments2 comments

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Phillip Nguyen 327over a year ago
The more "Fancy Stuffs" you get, the more heavy you have to carry. I get remove all unnecessary thing which I never need or use for less headache.
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Benyamin Limantoover a year ago
Now I remove the fancy start program because that things never works any-more for me and make me confused really... at least I make my computer lighter than before by removing that apps from my windows OS.