What is quickset.exe?

The genuine quickset.exe file is a software component of Dell QuickSet by Dell.
Dell QuickSet is a general configuration utility for Dell laptops. Quickset.exe runs the Dell Quickset program. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The Dell QuickSet was a utility that offered an interface to configure general purpose settings for user laptops including power management, display brightness, icon and font size, volume controls, and other functions. The program is often preinstalled on laptops manufactured by Dell. Dell Quickset has been replaced by ControlPoint and then by Dell Feature Enhancement Pack on newer laptops. Dell Inc. is an American company that develops, distributes, repairs and supports computer related products and services all across the world. Founded by Michael Dell in 1984, today it sits at number 51 in the Fortune 500 list. With many new corporate acquisitions under its belt, such as Alienware, a company that produces custom gaming rigs. Dell is one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 103,300 people worldwide.

Quickset stands for Dell Quickset Application

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 or QuickSet64 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 (27% of all occurrences), 606,208 bytes and 68 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The quickset.exe file is not a Windows system 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 59% 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 description of the program. The program has no visible window. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows core 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 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 quickset.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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