What is SettingsService.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 SettingsService.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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SettingsService.exe file information

The process known as Lenovo Settings Service belongs to software Lenovo Dependency Package or Lenovo Settings Dependency Package by Lenovo Group (

Description: SettingsService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SettingsService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,085,184 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 2,012,208 bytes, 2,016,040 bytes or 1,628,664 bytes. 
The program is not visible. SettingsService.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. SettingsService.exe is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. SettingsService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Lenovo Dependency Package or Lenovo Settings Dependency Package occur, you can visit the vendor’s support site [1][2], find out if there is a newer version available or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify SettingsService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SettingsService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SettingsService.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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Best practices for resolving SettingsService issues

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