What is ccSetMgr.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ccSetMgr.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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CcSetMgr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ccSetMgr
CcSetMgr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Symantec Settings Manager Service or Common Client Settings Manager Service belongs to software Client and Host Security Platform or Common Client or Symantec AntiVirus by Symantec (

Description: CcSetMgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ccSetMgr.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 169,576 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 169,320 bytes and 24 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. CcSetMgr.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. CcSetMgr.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with ccSetMgr.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramNorton AntiVirus, turn to the software developer, Symantec, for advice or verify that you have installed the latest version.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ccSetMgr.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ccSetMgr.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

I think many here are missing the point. You can't just look at the file name and decide good or bad. You have to consider the source/location. Just as the NOTE says above: If a "non-Microsoft" file is located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, then there is a high risk for a virus, spyware, trojan or worm infection! THe Symantec/Norton version of this file should rightly be located in Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\... If it's in Windows\System32, it's likely the TROJAN.
  Dave B  
Settings Manager for Symantec & Norton products including AntiVirus / AntiSpyware
  Block   (further information)
it has a virus
Norton. AVG free is a pathetic escuse for a good antivirus.
Uses Lots of memory it is however part of Norton Internet Security runs at about 19k
Ghost 10 loaded and no other Norton product
If you have Norton Antivirus installed, don't worry about this.
This file using more RAM and virtual memory also. Therefore System responding slow. it is using 14MB of RAM
  Raghuveer Singh  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ccSetMgr.exe: based on 46 votes with 9 reviews. 27 users think ccSetMgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 6 users think ccSetMgr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 9 users don't grade ccSetMgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ccSetMgr issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ccSetMgr. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ccSetMgr.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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