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What percent of users and experts removed it?
26% remove it74% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #673
United States Rank #586
Reach 1.0238%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.71 days
315.94 days >
Average installed length: 166.00 days


VersionDistribution 0.01% 0.03% 0.70% 0.08% 0.01% 0.32% 0.43% 0.01% 0.01% 0.04% 0.01% 0.01% 0.73% 0.25% 1.80% 0.05% 2.79% 0.01% 1.64% 0.11% 0.01% 2.27% 0.81% 0.07% 1.19% 0.06% 0.21% 0.03% 0.01% 0.08% 0.84% 0.04% 0.10% 0.32% 5.60% 1.82% 0.06% 3.04% 2.89% 0.05% 0.89% 0.95% 6.55% 1.02% 0.04% 2.56% 0.01% 0.01% 0.04% 0.01% 0.14%
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What is Start Menu?  (from SweetLabs)

Find and open your programs, files, control panel, and power options with one click of the Pokki start button. Search and access your apps, files, control panel, and power options with Pokki’s Windows 8 Start Menu. Pin and organize your favorite apps and websites just like you would on your smartphone. Discover and in...  Read more


Start Menu is a program developed by SweetLabs. The most used version is, with over 57% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The main program executable is hostappservice.exe. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 98.61 MB (103,397,001 bytes). HostAppServiceUpdater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 8.1. While about 56% of users of Start Menu come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pokki.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\pokki\engine
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pokki\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 98.61 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Start Menu

Program executable:hostappservice.exe
Name:Host App Service
Additional files:
  • HostAppServiceUpdater.exe (by Pokki) - Host App Service Updater
  • ServiceHostAppUpdater.exe (by Pokki) - Service Host App Updater
  • ServiceStartMenuIndexer.exe - Start Menu Service
  • StartMenuIndexer.exe
  • ServiceHostApp.exe - Service Host App
  • Launcher.dll - Pokki (Pokki support library.)
  • icudt.dll (by The ICU Project) - International Components for Unicode (ICU Data DLL)
  • libGLESv2.dll - ANGLE libGLESv2 Dynamic Link Library
  • libEGL.dll - ANGLE libEGL Dynamic Link Library
  • libPokki.dll (by The Chromium Authors) - Chromium
  • avcodec-54.dll
  • avformat-54.dll
  • avutil-51.dll
  • nacl_irt_x86_32.nexe
  • nacl_irt_x86_64.nexe
  • ppGoogleNaClPluginChrome.dll
  • wow_helper.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • ServiceHostAppUpdater.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SweetLabs App Platform.
  • HostAppServiceUpdater.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Pokki.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • HostAppServiceUpdater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Pokki' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pokki\Engine\HostAppServiceUpdater.exe" /LOGON.
  • Launcher.dll is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Pokki' and executes as C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pokki\Engine\Launcher.dll",RunLaunchPlatform.
2 Startup Files (User Run Once)
  • HostAppService.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #5' which loads as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pokki\Engine\HostAppService.exe --disable-internal-flash --noerrdialogs --no-message-box --disable-extensions --disable-web-security --disable-web-resources --disable-clie.
  • ServiceHostApp.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #6' which loads as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pokki\Engine\ServiceHostApp.exe --disable-internal-flash --noerrdialogs --no-message-box --disable-extensions --disable-web-security --disable-web-resources --disable-clie.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Launcher.dll is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Pokki' which loads as C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pokki\Engine\Launcher.dll",RunLaunchPlatform.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:10.71 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002254694%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00013306%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00009241%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,259,178
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:12.54 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:2.31 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:19.89 MB
Total CPU:0.0018348910%
Kernel CPU:0.00103271%
User CPU:0.00080218%
CPU cycles/sec:2,429,857
I/O reads/min:1 MB
I/O writes/min:10.83 KB

How do I remove Start Menu?

Quickly and completely remove Start Menu from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Start Menu 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Start Menu, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Start Menu.

Win 10 100%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 26%
Keep it 74%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 99.98%
Windows 7 0.02%
Windows XP 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 58.46%
Windows 10 Home 17.08%
Windows 8.1 Connected 10.42%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 7.31%
Windows 8.1 Pro 1.98%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 1.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.53% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.53%
  United Kingdom 7.37%
  Italy 5.02%
  Germany 3.20%
  Canada 2.72%
  Netherlands 2.07%
  France 1.96%
  Spain 1.80%
  Australia 1.51%
  Sweden 1.50%
  India 1.40%
  DK 1.19%
  Norway 1.12%
  Poland 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 75.62%
Hewlett-Packard 23.31%
Toshiba 0.88%
Dell 0.19%
Common models
LENOVO 80E3 8.15%
LENOVO 20351 8.15%
LENOVO 20378 6.80%
LENOVO 20354 6.65%
LENOVO 80G0 5.72%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 5.47%

About SweetLabs

SweetLabs has two platforms, Pokki, a platform which brings media-rich web apps to the desktop and the OpenCandy Software Network, which offers installer based software bundles through the download and installation process.
Publisher URL: www.pokki.com


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