What is SetConfig.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 SetConfig.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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SetConfig.exe file information

The process known as SetConfig Application belongs to software hp LaserJet (version 1010 Series, 1160/1320 series) by Hewlett-Packard (

Description: SetConfig.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SetConfig.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 28,672 bytes. 
The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). SetConfig.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with SetConfig.exe, you can also uninstall hp LaserJet 1010 Series or hp LaserJet 1160/1320 series from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SetConfig.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SetConfig.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 bought an HP 1010 lazer printer. Every time I booted up I got an error message, re SetConfig Application. I checked the Google Message Board and was advised to change the name of the HP Printer file from SetConfig.exe to SetConfig.xex. The HP Printer file was in fact absent .exe I added .xex and I the problem disapeared.
setconfig application is the beginning of an error message that is causing me tremendous grief. My 1 month old HP Media Center often runs very slow, then shuts down when I get this error message. If it's spyware, malware, or a virus, Both Lavasoft, Microsoft spyware, as well as Norton's can't find it. Here's the error message: "set config application has encountered a problem and needs to close.
If you go to the HP drivers download page for the laserjet 1300 there is a removal tool for this program.
  ChrisG   (further information)
i bought HP 1010 lazer printer and i do have the same problem, "SetConfig applications encountered a problem" appeared every time i open my computer... so i did what he said and after that the problem disappeared after i open my computer...
It is part of hp 1012 installation. I found it gave me an "encountered an error" at bootup. I deleted setconfig.exe and the registry entry with no loss of function locally or with the network share.
ChrisG - On the money. your link sent me to the correct palce and the removal tool worked great

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Summary: Average user rating of SetConfig.exe: based on 9 votes with 6 user comments. 5 users think SetConfig.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users don't grade SetConfig.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SetConfig issues

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