Is setup.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of setup.exe:









File purpose and description:

Setup.exe is a program that most likely was installed by you. The actual disk location of this file is also listed below to verify this is not spyware or adware related. The purpose of this file can vary greatly, as it is a common name used by many software vendors for installing new software or updates. Setup.exe and install.exe are very commonly used. This name often appears in your tasklist or startup list, as the next time you reboot installs will finish during reboot on occasion. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
setup.exe

File type:
This is an executable program

File or folder location:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\{2EB4C530-C94F-4893-ABDC-C1E05A89956E}\Setup.exe or any other location similiar to this in your documents and folders path, as installations are often placed there to start during reboot.


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, setup.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of setup.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!