What is SettingSyncHost.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 SettingSyncHost.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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SettingSyncHost.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with SettingSyncHost
SettingSyncHost.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Host Process for Setting Synchronization belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original SettingSyncHost.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The file SettingSyncHost.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 524,288 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 465,760 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The file is a Windows core system file. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with SettingSyncHost.exe, you can also do the following:
  • get help from the software vendor Microsoft
  • uninstall Microsoft Windows software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify SettingSyncHost.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as SettingSyncHost.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SettingSyncHost.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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After reading this, only it is important to Windows. Other than that, nothing else.
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Best practices for resolving SettingSyncHost issues

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