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What’s StartMenuExperienceHost.exe (Windows Start Experience Host)? Is it safe or a virus?

How is your Windows Start Menu experience lately? Mine is super groovy... I click it, see some apps there, click again, find some files... Groovy, isn't it?

OK, so I work at SpyShelter's cybersecurity lab here in Austin, Texas and I should be more serious about this... So, just to be clear, I've found that StartMenuExperienceHost.exe (Windows Start Experience Host) is a safe process to find running in your Task Manager, as long as it's signed by Microsoft.

StartMenuExperienceHost.exe is a process in Microsoft Windows that is responsible for managing the Start menu and its user interface. It provides the functionality and visual elements of the Start menu, such as live tiles, search features, and app launching capabilities. This process is essential for the smooth functioning of the Start menu, which is a central feature of the Windows operating system.

I hope you are having a good "Start Menu Experience" today. If you're not sure about this process on your PC, use the Windows Task Manager, or our free SpyShelter Antispyware software to confirm this popular .exe is signed. If it's signed, you should be good to go, and you should continue to have many excellent Start Menu experiences!

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes StartMenuExperienceHost.exe (Windows Start Experience Host)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of StartMenuExperienceHost.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is StartMenuExperienceHost.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find StartMenuExperienceHost.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 3, 2024

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