Is setup.exe safe?
Setup.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if setup.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Setup.exe file information
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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 7/XP are 32,768 bytes (9% of all occurrences), 116,880 bytes and 66 more variants.
The file is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Runonce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce). Setup.exe is able to monitor applications, record inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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If setup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 35% dangerous. The file size is 73,728 bytes (6% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes and 65 more variants. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Setup.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.
If setup.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 269,304 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 249,336 bytes and 10 more variants. The program has no visible window. The setup.exe file is not a Windows system file. Setup.exe is digitally signed. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.
If setup.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 54,272 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 32,256 bytes and 37 more variants.
If setup.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 24,576 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 36,864 bytes and 20 more variants.
If setup.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 11% dangerous. The file size is 104,792 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 286,720 bytes and 9 more variants.
If setup.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 205,248 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 111,174 bytes or 45,141 bytes.
If setup.exe is located in the folder "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 69% dangerous. The file size is 5,063,680 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 4,477,952 bytes.
If setup.exe is located in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder, the security rating is 29% dangerous. The file size is 548,864 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 60,416 bytes, 49,152 bytes, 809,840 bytes or 59,904 bytes.
If setup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 13% dangerous. The file size is 439,600 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 1,100,664 bytes or 439,160 bytes.
If setup.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 41% dangerous. The file size is 23,040 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 53,248 bytes.
If setup.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 589,824 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes or 463,152 bytes.
If setup.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 35% dangerous. The file size is 36,868 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 13,179,660 bytes.
If setup.exe is located in a not clearly defined folder, the security rating is 2% dangerous. The file size is 107,616 bytes.
External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:
- "InstallNAIProduct": Could be related to Network Associates Inc who own the McAfee VirusScan product amongst others. This was found in a directory called "VSC". Could it be an installation that failed and "SETUP.EXE" was left to run at startup as an error?
- "MM Install": Possibly Money Manager from Moneysoft?
- "RjLyraInstaller": ??
- "Tango": Tango Broadband access software. Is it required?
- "Windows Accelerators" can run at start up. KeySpy keylogger (monitoring program). Given a "U" recommendation because it depends if you intentionally installed it. If you didn't treat it as "X" and uninstall or remove
Important: Some malware also uses the file name setup.exe, for example not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.SaveNow.bv (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan.Generic.KDV.151955 or Trojan.WhenU.H (detected by F-Secure). 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.
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