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What is hstart.exe?

Part of hstart by Dell

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How is hstart.exe loaded?

Startup files (all users) run once - hstart.exe is registered with the run identifier 'DSUpdateLauncher' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Local Backup\Components\DSUpdate\hstart.exe" /NOCONSOLE /D="C:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Local Backup\Components\DSUpdate" /RUNAS "C:\Program Files\' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce. RunOnce keys are used to launch a service or background process whenever a user logs into Windows. Once the application is launched for the first time its entry will be removed from the Registry so it does not run again when the user logins again. Applications here are designed to be used primarily by Setup programs.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the hstart.exe file.Of the 0.5% of hstart.exe users, 11.1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\dell datasafe local backup\components\dsupdate\hstart.exe

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
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File details

File name: hstart.exe
Publisher: Dell (verified)
Name: hstart
Description: Hidden Start
Size: 17.73 KB
Original file name: hstart.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Dell Inc.
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 12/14/2006
Expiration date: 1/10/2010

Startup files (all users) run once details

Name: DSUpdateLauncher
Command: "C:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Local Backup\Components\DSUpdate\hstart.exe" /NOCONSOLE /D="C:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Local Backup\Components\DSUpdate" /RUNAS "C:\Program Files\

Image hashes

MD5: 9c16105d3216aee5a6928ceca7bb42f4
SHA-1: bf0a150e5ab26fa963d7cc1a82b0100c4eca272b
SHA-256: 181b28eb80bcca39512b5684ef976611cb713a59e9053052bfe05f391679efd3

PE image details

File packed: No
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