How to remove the settdebugx virus

Most antivirus programs identify settdebugx.exe as malware—for example TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_RENOS.QIWA or TROJ_FAKEAV.MES, and Symantec identifies it as CoreGuardAntivirus2009 or Packed.Generic.277.

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Settdebugx.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with settdebugx
Settdebugx.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as RichText belongs to software RichText by Microsoft (

Description: Settdebugx.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The settdebugx.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in the Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 716,800 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 712,704 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). Settdebugx.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify settdebugx.exe related errors

Important: You should check the settdebugx.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.


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variant of trojan FakeAlert
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Summary: Average user rating of settdebugx.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks settdebugx.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving settdebugx issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active settdebugx process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the settdebugx.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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