How to remove the SettingsManager virus

Most antivirus programs identify SettingsManager.exe as malware—for example F-Secure identifies it as Application.SearchProtect.CQ, and McAfee identifies it as Artemis!9E7F86A5A30B or Artemis!C203B160B498.

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SettingsManager.exe file information

The process known as Settings Manager appears to belong to software unknown by Spigot (

Description: SettingsManager.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SettingsManager.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,008,480 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 897,520 bytes and 10 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). It is digitally signed. SettingsManager.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with SettingsManager.exe, you can uninstall Settings Manager or Spigot, Inc. software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7) or ask the developer,, for support.

Recommended: Identify SettingsManager.exe related errors

Important: You should check the SettingsManager.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Settings Manager has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving SettingsManager issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active SettingsManager process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the SettingsManager.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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