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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #726
United States Rank #997
Reach 0.9397%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.46 days
220.02 days >
Average installed length: 115.61 days


VersionDistribution 0.03% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.05% 0.17% 0.26% 0.02% 0.35% 1.44% 0.01% 0.08% 0.03% 0.02% 0.31% 1.02% 3.00% 1.95% 1.12% 2.22% 0.49% 1.75% 1.85%
2.2.0 9.70%
2.1.0 9.93%
2.0.1 6.19% 1.27% 6.17% 13.71% 21.48% 7.86% 1.53% 5.36% 0.60%

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Start Menu 8

What is Start Menu 8?  (from IObit)

Start Menu 8 is specially designed for Windows 8. It offers a perfect solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time and are not accustomed to the new Metro start screen in Windows 8. This smart tool brings back both the start button and Windows Start Menu, and offers the option to skip Metro start pa...  Read more


Start Menu 8 is a software program developed by IObit. The most common release is, 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The programs's main executable is startmenu8.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 12.74 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 59 files and is usually about 14.71 MB (15,426,401 bytes). The installed file AutoUpdate.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. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 45% of users of Start Menu 8 come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\IObit\Start Menu 8\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\IObit\Start Menu 8\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 14.71 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Start Menu 8

Program executable:startmenu8.exe
Signed by:IObit Information Technology
Path:C:\Program Files\iobit\start menu 8\startmenu8.exe
Additional files:
  • taskmgr.dll - IObit TaskSchedule Dynamic Link Library
  • IObitDownloader.exe - Advanced SystemCare 8 (Action Center Downloader)
  • Start_Menu8_FreeSoftwareDownloader.exe
  • UninstallPromote.exe - Advanced SystemCare
  • AutoUpdate.exe - StartMenu Updater
  • LiveUpdate.exe - Product Updater
  • NTFSScan.dll - NTFSScan Module
  • StartMenu_Index.exe - StartMenu_Index
  • AUpdate.exe - IObit AUpdate
  • AutoShutdown.exe - Auto Shutdown (Shutdown your computer automatically at a specified time.)
  • datastate.dll - Runtime Library for ASC
  • IObitStartMenuExtension.dll - IObitUnlocker (IObitUnlockerExtension)
  • startmenu-setup.exe - Start Menu 8 (Start Menu 8 Setup)
  • InstallServices.exe - StartMenu8 (StartMenu8 InstallServices)
  • StartMenuDll.dll - StartMenu8 StartMenuDll
  • StartMenuServices.exe - StartMenu8 Services
  • BuildIndex.exe - StartMenu
  • NewUpdater.exe - IObit (Reminder)
  • FileSearch.dll
  • InstallServices32.exe
  • InstallServices64.exe
  • Sendbugreport.exe
  • SendBugReportNew.exe - Send Bug Report
  • StartMenu_Hook.exe
  • StartMenu8_About.exe
  • StartMenu8_frmStartMenuLibrary.exe
  • StartMenuDll32.dll
  • StartMenuDll64.dll
  • StartMenuDll64Old.dll
  • StartMenuSetting.exe
  • ToggleDesktop.exe
  • Check.exe
  • KillAllStartMenu.exe
  • MetroAppStart.dll
  • pri.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • winkey.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • IObitStartMenuExtension.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'IobitStartMenu' with a class of {AF8FA9C9-9907-463e-BDC3-4CC1200D6310}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • StartMenu8.exe is scheduled as a task named 'StartMenu8Start'.
  • AutoUpdate.exe is scheduled as a task named 'StartMenuAutoupdate'.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • AutoUpdate.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named StartMenuAutoupdate.
  • StartMenuServices.exe runs as a service named 'StartMenu8 Service' (StartMenuService) "StartMenu8 Service".
Startup File (User Run)
  • StartMenu8.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'StartMenu8.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\IObit\Start Menu 8\StartMenu8.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • StartMenu8.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'StartMenu8.exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\IObit\Start Menu 8\"StartMenu8.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • StartMenu8.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\IObit\Start Menu 8\StartMenu8.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:12.74 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0012967374%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00057684%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00071990%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:688,794
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:6.12 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:6 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:5.63 MB
Total CPU:0.0028578615%
Kernel CPU:0.00185175%
User CPU:0.00100612%
CPU cycles/sec:98,564
I/O reads/min:8 Bytes
I/O writes/min:1.14 KB
Memory:6.84 MB
Total CPU:0.0010200450%
Kernel CPU:0.00069251%
User CPU:0.00032754%

How do I remove Start Menu 8?

You can uninstall Start Menu 8 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 Start Menu 8, 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 Start Menu 8.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 99.51%
Windows 7 0.43%
Windows XP 0.04%
Windows Vista 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 39.14%
Windows 8.1 Pro 15.43%
Windows 8 12.76%
Windows 8 Pro 8.56%
Windows 10 Home 5.70%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 2.87%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.59% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.59%
  Germany 7.91%
  United Kingdom 5.44%
  Italy 5.09%
  Canada 3.06%
  France 2.89%
  Netherlands 2.17%
  Sweden 2.09%
  Australia 1.86%
  Brazil 1.79%
  Belgium 1.12%
  Czech Republic 0.83%
  Japan 0.83%
  India 0.82%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.47%
Acer 18.10%
Dell 12.68%
ASUS 12.61%
Toshiba 9.16%
Lenovo 8.14%
Samsung 3.83%
Medion 3.06%
Intel 0.79%
MSI 0.69%
Sony 0.59%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.68%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.34%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.94%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.62%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 3.38%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.30%

About (from IObit)

Founded in 2004 by two creative and enthusiastic programmers, IObit is focused on providing consumers with innovative and comprehensive system utilities and security software for superior PC performance and security.
Publisher URL: www.iobit.com


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