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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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 8/7/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: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce, Run, DEFAULT\Run, User Shell Folders, RunOnce, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Runonce, MACHINE\RunOnceEx, MACHINE\RunServicesOnce). Setup.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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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: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.
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 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 setup.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.