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6% remove it94% keep it
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Stardock Start8


Stardock Start8 is a program developed by Stardock. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 software installer includes 18 files and is usually about 10.11 MB (10,600,774 bytes). A majority of the PCs this is running on, most OS versions are Windows 10. While about 36% of users of Stardock Start8 come from the United States, it is also popular in Thailand and Russia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: stardock.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 10.11 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Stardock Start8

  • Start8tweak.exe
  • Start8Shell32.dll - Start8 Shell Extension
  • Start8Shell64.dll
  • DeElevate.exe - DeElevate Application (De-elevation tool)
  • DeElevate64.exe
  • hlp.exe - Stardock Start8
  • Start8.exe - Start8
  • Start8_32.dll - Start button for Windows 8
  • Start8_64.dll
  • Start8_64.exe
  • Start8Config.exe - Stardock Start8 Configuration Utility
  • Start8Srv.exe - Stardock Start8 Service
  • sddlc.dll - Stardock SDDLC (SDDLC)
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • Start8Srv.exe runs as a service named 'Stardock Start8' (Start8) "Stardock Start8 Service".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • Start8.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Start8' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8.exe".
  • Start8_64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Start8_64' and executes as C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8_64.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Start8_64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Start8_64' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8_64.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Start8Srv.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Stardock\Start8\Start8Srv.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:600 KB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001562677%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00011784%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003843%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,834
8,062,084 average
Memory:1.23 MB
Total CPU:0.0001232130%
Kernel CPU:0.00011434%
User CPU:0.00000888%
CPU cycles/sec:10,613
I/O reads/min:2 Bytes
Memory:1.11 MB
Total CPU:0.0000749037%
Kernel CPU:0.00006236%
User CPU:0.00001255%
CPU cycles/sec:89,535
I/O reads/min:767 Bytes

How do I remove Stardock Start8?

You can uninstall Stardock Start8 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 Stardock Start8, 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 Stardock Start8.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.56% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.56%
  Thailand 6.67%
  Russia 6.67%
  Brazil 4.44%
  Australia 4.44%
  India 4.44%
  Sweden 4.44%
  MM 4.44%
  Egypt 4.44%
  UG 2.22%
  Chile 2.22%
  Belgium 2.22%
  New Zealand 2.22%
  IQ 2.22%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.67%
Lenovo 20.00%
Acer 16.67%
Dell 10.00%
ASUS 6.67%
Toshiba 6.67%
Intel 3.33%
Common models
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TOSHIBA Satellite C40-A 3.23%
Samsung 350V5C/350V5X/350... 3.23%
LENOVO Lenovo IdeaPad Y58... 3.23%
LENOVO IdeaPad Z580 3.23%
LENOVO 80E1 3.23%

About Stardock

Stardock is a software development company that initially developed for the OS/2 platform, but switch to Windows.
Publisher URL: www.stardock.com


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