How to remove the SMSetup virus

Most antivirus programs identify SMSetup.exe as malware—such as F-Secure identifies it as Application.SearchProtect.CG, and Sophos identifies it as Spigot Toolbar (PUA).

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SMSetup.exe file information

The process known as SMSetup.exe appears to belong to software unknown by Spigot (

Description: SMSetup.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SMSetup.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,063,416 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 967,416 bytes and 11 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. SMSetup.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSpigot, Inc.
  2) visit the website.

Recommended: Identify SMSetup.exe related errors

Important: You should check the SMSetup.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SMSetup.exe has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving SMSetup issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active SMSetup process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the SMSetup.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 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

SMSetup.exe [all]