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Be careful! Full path on computer: %LOCAL APPDATA%\FILTERSTART\FILTERSTART.EXE

FILTERSTART.EXE is reported as Win32:PUP-gen (potentially unwanted program). I suggest you to remove FILTERSTART.EXE from your PC as soon as possible!
Tried to remove FILTERSTART.EXE? Cannot completely delete FILTERSTART.EXE, because it gets back?
Uninstall FILTERSTART.EXE, kill FILTERSTART.EXE process using Task Manager, delete FILTERSTART.EXE folder, remove FILTERSTART.EXE registry key, get rid of FILTERSTART.EXE scheduled task, disable FILTERSTART.EXE browser plugin, clean your shortcuts from FILTERSTART.EXE.
See how to fix FILTERSTART.EXE step by step using my removal guide.

How FILTERSTART.EXE got on my computer?

Like many potentially unwanted programs, FILTERSTART.EXE can be installed on your computer as part of a bundle with another tool you downloaded from the Internet. Since FILTERSTART.EXE manufacturer pays software developers for distributing FILTERSTART.EXE within their applications, FILTERSTART.EXE is often included as part of the installer.
FILTERSTART.EXE is also often distributed with free games and simple, one-click freeware tools developed specifically with the purpose of getting FILTERSTART.EXE onto as many computers as possible.
Usually, you have not only one FILTERSTART.EXE problem, but a bunch of similar WIN32:PUPs.

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How dangerous is FILTERSTART.EXE?

While FILTERSTART.EXE is not considered illegal and is not officially classified as malware, it poses a direct threat to your privacy. Since FILTERSTART.EXE runs alongside your Web browser, it can collect and transmit information such your search queries, Web forms and passwords, names and messages, track Web sites that you visit, and do much more on your computer without you even knowing. FILTERSTART.EXE was reported to cause significant slowdowns in browser performance, making Web page load times much longer compared to a clean system.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being "mostly harmless", 3 being "invasive" and 5 being "dangerous"), FILTERSTART.EXE can be rated as a 3.

How do I remove FILTERSTART.EXE?

Step-by-step Guide:

  • Uninstall FILTERSTART.EXE using Windows uninstallation applet (use Add/Remove Programs or Uninstall Program or Apps & features).
  • Open Task Manager to kill all "FILTERSTART.EXE" related processes.
  • Use Windows search to find and remove "FILTERSTART.EXE" files and folders.
  • Run services.msc to disable a "FILTERSTART.EXE" Windows service.
  • Execute taskschd.msc to get rid of "FILTERSTART.EXE" scheduled tasks.
  • Open regedit.exe and delete FILTERSTART.EXE registry keys and values.
  • Check your shortcuts on your desktop and in the Start menu for FILTERSTART.EXE presence. Fix infected shortcuts.
  • Open your browser and disable FILTERSTART.EXE plugins. Disable all unknown plugins. Reset the browser settings.
  • Clean your Recycle bin and temporary files.

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