What is SetIcon.exe?

The genuine SetIcon.exe file is a software component of SMSC USB Custom Icons Application by Standard Microsystems.
The file "SetIcon.exe" is a Windows executable that gets installed with 6-in-1 card readers and it monitors for inserted cards. Upon insertion of a card, it updates the icons. Because the file is always running when the reader is inserted, it tends to consume a good amount of resources. It can be disabled if desired. Standard Microsystems started as a semiconductor supplier in 1971 and later evolved into networking products and technology. It was acquired in 2012 by Microchip Corporation, which was founded in 1987 when General Instruments spun off into several divisions.

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 SetIcon.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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SetIcon.exe file information

The process known as Custom Icons Application For USB Drives or USB97C210 Custom Icons Application belongs to software SMSC USB Custom Icons Application or SMSC USB97C210 Custom Icons Application by Standard Microsystems ( or USB 2.0 Card Reader.

Description: SetIcon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SetIcon.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 42,496 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 39,936 bytes or 46,080 bytes. 
SetIcon.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SetIcon.exe, you may also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > WD Media Center Driver or Belkin F5U249 Driver and Icon).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SetIcon.exe. Therefore, you should check the SetIcon.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

Standard USB driver
It puts nice memorycard icons with the USB drives
Constantly updates Icons for USB Card Readers
It made the computer hang when using Explorer
Used to create icons for 4in1 card readers (USB connected)
Installed by a 6-in-1 (4 Media Card slots, a floppy drive and a USB connection) device. Constantly updates the icons for the four Media Card slots that it has and is a resource hog
  Macambo   (further information)
Sets all desktop icons to the left when NIS run, returns after being removed with mscofig when certain applications run. a pain in the ****.
  J Ford  
It is often involved when the system hangs at startup time
  Wim de Winter  
inutil pour le demarage de msconfig

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SetIcon.exe: based on 11 votes with 9 user comments. One user thinks SetIcon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SetIcon issues

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