Most antivirus programs identify setup2.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic or Trojan-Downloader.Win32.FraudLoad.ejh, and Microsoft identifies it as Rogue:Win32/FakeSmoke or Trojan:Win32/FakeSmoke.
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Description: Setup2.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Setup2.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,097,216 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 830,976 bytes or 715,776 bytes.
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The software has no file description. Setup2.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). Setup2.exe is able to 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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If setup2.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 20,480 bytes. The software has no file description. The program is not visible. Setup2.exe is not a Windows core file. setup2.exe appears to be a compressed file.
If setup2.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 16,384 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. Setup2.exe is not a Windows core file.
Important: You should check the setup2.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active setup2 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the setup2.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.