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.
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)
by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Neuber Software (www.neuber.com) or Google (toolbar.google.com) or Macrovision (www.macrovision.com) or InstallShield Software (www.installshield.com) or Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com) or A. & M. Neuber Software (www.neuber.com) or Acresso Software (www.flexerasoftware.com) or CyberLink (www.gocyberlink.com) or InstallShield Corporation or Conexant Systems (www.conexant.com) or AirInstaller or Sdiwjiq Software or Corel (www.corel.com) or Hewlett-Packard Company (www.hp.com) or Download Assistant or Microcorps.
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.
Recommended: Identify Setup.exe related errors
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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.
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.