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What is Starter.exe]?

Starter.exe is a trojan downloader, which is used for various illegal activities. It is one of those nasty infections that only cause problems to users, so do not be surprised when you find out that you can no longer open your personal files (e.g. Once executed, the threat displays the setup screen. It also attempts to delete vital Windows files and folders, and thus destroy the entire system. If you want to check your computer and make sure that it hasn’t been affected by any of these threats, you should rely on a reputable anti-spyware, such as Anti-Malware Tool. If you continue reading, you will learn why that might be risky.


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When Starter.exe Ransomware encrypts your files – and it is believed to use AES encryption algorithm – it attaches the “.Starter.exe” extension to all of the corrupted files. In addition, it creates some registry entries of its own so that it could launch every time PC is rebooted. Starter.exe functions just like any other program of this classification; The malicious link, of course, is supported by a misleading tag or message just to trick you into clicking it without thinking about it. Although the creator of Starter.exe promises to decrypt your files via the ransom note it creates, these promises are most likely to be empty.

2. Using anti-Starter.exe tools for Starter.exe removal

We do NOT recommend trying to remove Starter.exe manually because it is complex Starter.exe In order to get rid of this threat for good, run a full system scan with   This executable is run automatically, and it scans for specific file types because the cyber criminals are only interested in encrypting personal files — not all files that may render the PC inoperable. It goes without saying that such a tool is critical to your overall system security because it can automatically detect and delete any malicious application. Unless you have this key, the encrypted files – the ones with the “.~HLN3WQG” extension attached to them – will remain unreadable.

Albeit various reports say that some infected users have already paid for the decryption key, you should not send a single cent to these criminals. Currently, it only replaces background image and drops numerous warning messages in different locations. Once you are sure the computer is secure and the infection is gone, you could try special recovery tools or restore encrypted files by switching them with copies from external hard drives, cloud storage, and so on. Furthermore, you must know that those same traces could be used to restore this malware silently. Our research team agrees that even experienced users should install anti-malware software because it is good at more things than just automatically removing malware.

How to remove Starter.exe] virus?

Our research has concluded that this ransomware is set to encrypt more than a hundred file formats and in this case, these formats include but are not limited to xml .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .php, .jpg, .png, .exe, .dll, and .odt, .csv, .sql, .mdb, and .hwp. Not to one of these addresses, but to all of them. If you had a security application installed on your PC before this infection occurred, you will have to download the security program of your choice once again, because Starter.exe will have encrypted its executable file, too. We recommend that you Starter.exe it manually using the guide included below this article that includes using Anti-Malware Tool to detect the malicious file. Our research has revealed that Starter.exe drops its executable file named Videoplugin.exe in %APPDATA%\Drive Manager Support. Check the removal guide below to learn more about the retrieval of your password as well as the removal of the malicious ransomware.

Download Removal Toolto remove Starter.exe

* WiperSoft scanner, available at this website, only works as a tool for virus detection. To have WiperSoft in its full capacity, to use removal functionality, it is necessary to acquire its full version. In case you want to uninstall WiperSoft, click here.


Learn how to remove Starter.exe from your computer

Step 1. Remove Starter.exe via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Press the Start menu, select Shut down and press Restart. win7-restart Remove Starter.exe
  2. Tap the key F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter. win7-safe-mode Remove Starter.exe
  4. When your computer loads, download anti-malware software and use it to delete Starter.exe.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Start → the shut down button.
  2. Hold Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Remove Starter.exe
  3. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings. win-10-startup Remove Starter.exe
  4. Enable Safe Mode → Restart. win10-safe-mode Remove Starter.exe
  5. When your computer loads, download anti-malware software and use it to delete Starter.exe.

Step 2. Remove Starter.exe via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Press the Start menu, select Shut down and press Restart. win7-restart Remove Starter.exe
  2. Tap the key F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode Remove Starter.exe
  4. When the Advanced Boot Options appears, type in cd restore.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt Remove Starter.exe
  7. In the System Restore Window, press Next.
  8. Choose restore point, and press Next . win7-restore Remove Starter.exe
  9. Press Yes.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Start → Shut down button.
  2. Hold Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Remove Starter.exe
  3. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Command Prompt. win-10-startup Remove Starter.exe
  4. When the Advanced Boot Options appear type in cd restore.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt Remove Starter.exe
  7. In the System Restore Window, press Next.
  8. Choose restore point, and press Next . win10-restore Remove Starter.exe
  9. Press Yes.

Step 3. Recover your data

Below are three ways you can attempt to recover files. However, depending on a few factors, they might not necessarily work for you. Thus, to ensure you do not lose your files, create copies of all important files and store them safely.

a) Method 1. File recovery via Data Recovery Pro

  1. You will need to download Data Recovery Pro from a reliable source.
  2. After installation, open the program and launch a scan. data-recovery-pro Remove Starter.exe
  3. If encrypted files are recoverable, the program will allow you to do that.

b) Method 2. File recovery via Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled, file recovery via Windows Previous Versions is possible.
  1. Right mouse click on the file you want recovered.
  2. Properties → Previous versions. win-previous-version Remove Starter.exe
  3. Select the version of the file you want, press Restore.

c) Method 3. File recovery via Shadow Explorer

Shadow copies are copies of your files that your computer automatically creates in order to ensure you do not lose anything in case of computer crash. However, some ransomware is sophisticated enough to delete them. If the ransomware that infected your computer did not do that, there should be no problem with file recovery.
  1. Download Shadow Explorer from shadowexplorer.com.
  2. Open the installed program, select the disk and the date. shadowexplorer Remove Starter.exe
  3. If the folders/files appear, Export them.

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