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What is SetupHost.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 SetupHost.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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SetupHost.exe file information

The process known as Modern Setup Host belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: SetupHost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SetupHost.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 749,248 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 272,192 bytes and 6 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/setuphost.exe.html 
It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with SetupHost.exe, you can also do the following:

Recommended: Identify SetupHost.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SetupHost.exe. Therefore, you should check the SetupHost.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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User Comments

it is a Modern Setup host for windows 8, 8.1 and 10. it is mainly used for installing or preparing an update for another build of windows. this is intentional for windows 10.
  Callum Owen  

Summary: Average user rating of SetupHost.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.


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Best practices for resolving SetupHost issues

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