What is Setup.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 Setup.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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Setup.exe file information

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

The process known as Setup program or Setup Installer or Suite Integration Toolkit Executable or Arrowhead Setup or Google Chrome Installer or Google Chrome or Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper or Adobe Bootstrapper for Single Installation or Microsoft .NET Framework (version 3.5 SP1, 3.0) or Setup Launcher ( SETUP.EXE) or Setup MFC Application or Setup Launcher or InstallScript Setup Launcher or InstallShield® Setup Launcher or Conexant Universal Device Install/Uninstall (version x86 Application) or Safari or Sdiwjiq Ynkvtgg Atxymh or Setup Launcher Unicode or Download Manager

belongs to software Microsoft .NET Framework (version 3.5 SP1, 4 Client Profile, 4 Extended) or Software Installation or Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2008, 2005, 2010) or InstallShield or Neuber GmbH / Setup or Google Chrome or Google Chrome Installer or Bootstrapper Small or Setup Application or CyberLink PowerDVD (version 15) or SetupClickHere or Safari or Sdiwjiq Ynkvtgg Atxymh or stub or Download Manager or Microsoft Office Single Image (version 2010)

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Description: Setup.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Setup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (6% of all occurrences), 121,064 bytes and 68 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Setup.exe is able to monitor applications, manipulate other programs and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name Setup.exe, for example not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.lrc (detected by Kaspersky), and Gen:Variant.Kazy.613303 or Trojan.Generic.KDV.151955 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the Setup.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

setup.exe is the name of the installation program of the many software
I recieve message "new version found" and I though that it is my internet modem update and I downloaded file with name setup.exe Now i cant even find it
to launch a program/software
It is an installer, but it can be a virus.
Probably, it took 25-30 CPU for some reason just close it using task manager
On my task manager under "Mem Usage" I found this at more than 260,000 K. I was not attempting to download anything at the time. It took several attempts to kill it.
  Michael Hardy  
Setup.exe is also used in Windows Setups, as well as installing download software from the internet, the Setup.exe should always be scanned, because it can extract malware. As well as slow down the performance, since it uses most of the machines CPU on it.
It seems to be related to game programs or poker programs. It just arranges files, runs for a minute or two. It does 'consume' the system for the time being.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Setup.exe: based on 66 votes with 9 reviews. 27 users think Setup.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 22 users think Setup.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 12 users don't grade Setup.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Setup issues

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