What is wgasetup.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 wgasetup.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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Wgasetup.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wgasetup
Wgasetup.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Setup belongs to software Microsoft Genuine Advantage by Microsoft (

Description: Wgasetup.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wgasetup.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 454,536 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 453,512 bytes or 455,048 bytes. 
It is digitally signed. The wgasetup.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on Windows Genuine Advantage in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on to visit the vendor's website.

Recommended: Identify wgasetup.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wgasetup.exe. Therefore, you should check the wgasetup.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.


User Comments

Microsoft "Genuine Advantage" execute file runs from intry in task manager every time computer starts up. It is safe as anything from MS, but delays startup, consumes resources, and is unnecessary. It only helps paranoid people at microsoft. Get rid of it! Go to ehow if you don't know how.

Summary: Average user rating of wgasetup.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 wgasetup issues

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

To help you analyze the wgasetup.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.

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