What is HWSetup.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 HWSetup.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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HWSetup.exe file information

The process known as HWSetup belongs to software TOSHIBA Hardware Setup or HWSetup by TOSHIBA Electronics or TOSHIBA CO.,LTD (

Description: HWSetup.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file HWSetup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 423,936 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 28,672 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The HWSetup.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > TOSHIBA Face Recognition or TOSHIBA Hardware Setup) or visit the website.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HWSetup.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HWSetup.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

hwsetup.exe is part of TOSHIBA Hardware Setup, utility that allows you to change various hardware settings on your computer.
on toshiba servicestation,doesn't seem essential
  Maggie E.  

Summary: Average user rating of HWSetup.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving HWSetup issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HWSetup. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the HWSetup.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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