What is quickset.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 quickset.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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Quickset.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with quickset
Quickset.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as QuickSet or QuickSet MFC Application belongs to software QuickSet Application or Quickset64 or QuickSet32 or v2.3 NSHP CECPV Calculator by Dell (

Description: Quickset.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Quickset.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mostly C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,032,192 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 606,208 bytes and 61 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows core file. It is able to record keyboard inputs. Quickset.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with quickset.exe, you may want to remove the entire program QuickSet using Windows Control Panel, turn to the software developer, Dell, for advice or update to a possibly bug-fixed version.

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If quickset.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 212,992 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. Quickset.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as quickset.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_VBKRYPT.AG (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the quickset.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

It causes my Dell laptop to change colour scheme
  frank woods  
Dell quickset caused problems with my windows 8.1 computers it worked okay on windows 7. I think it is unnecessary. It does have the ability to log keystrokes.
  Chris Cummings   (further information)
Causes a lot of impact on startup. I disabled it.
Nothing dangerous about it. It manages Dell's performance settings on laptops.
it caused a problem of stealing window's focus. take it out of star-tup programs
Killing the process causes unavailability of seeing the volume and brightness controls which is not comfortable.
It keeps pop up all the time in my dell labtop and I cn't get rid of it -- it really bothersome
  Leda Summer  
Its a dell application enabling the use of the the fn keys
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of quickset.exe: based on 62 votes with 9 reviews. 38 users think quickset.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 12 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 4 users think quickset.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade quickset.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving quickset issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with quickset. 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 quickset.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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