What is quickset.exe? Should I remove it?

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quickset.exe

Quickset.exe – a legitimate file used by Dell software

Quickset.exe is an executable program which is a part of Dell QuickSet configuration utility for Dell computers. It runs Dell Quickset program that can be accessed via the system tray. The program comes pre-installed with Dell laptops and is used for various software and hardware configurations, such as display brightness, power management, volume, icon size, etc. On newer Dell laptops, QuickSet program has been replaced by Dell Feature Enhancement Pack. Quickset.exe is not an essential Windows file and can be removed if it is causing problems.

SUMMARY
Name quickset.exe
Type System file
Developer Dell
Associated program QuickSet
Distribution Comes pre-installed with Dell laptops
Potential dangers Any executable can be replaced or duplicated by a malicious file
Elimination Only needed if malicious (use Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes)

The Quickset.exe executable was produced for Windows operating systems, and it is typically located in C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet. The size of the file typically ranges from 606kB to 1MB. Because the application is capable of recording mouse and keyboard inputs it can be considered dangerous if misused.

While Quickset.exe might be useful when it comes to system configuration, several users reported that the computer resources that are used by this program are immense. Thus, because the application is not an essential Windows component, users can perform Quickset.exe removal in case it hinders the normal operation of the PC.

Unfortunately, Quickset.exe can also be malware in disguise, for example, Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.co or  TROJ_VBKRYPT.AG are known to use the executable to obfuscate its presence.

The very first symptoms that your computer might be infected with a virus is the location of the file. To find out where the executable is located, perform the following:

  • Open Task Manager and locate Quickset.exe
  • Right-click on it and pick Properties

If Quickset.exe file is located in C:\Windows\System32, it is highly likely that it is malicious. Additionally, users might experience computer slowdowns or crashes, software crashes, an increased amount of adverts on Google Chrome or other browsers, frequent system and program errors, increased CPU/GPU usage and similar. 

Nevertheless, trojans especially rarely show any signs of the presence. Therefore, the easiest way to find out if your system is affected by malware is by installing security software and performing a full system scan. We recommend using Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes for that purpose.

Malware can infect even the most computer-savvy users

Unfortunately, not that many people are aware of malware infiltration techniques or even its effects on the PC. The situation creates heaven for hackers, whether they crave to steal the sensitive information or retrieve money as a ransom payment for personal files that are locked using the ransomware virus.

Therefore, in the rise of technological advances and information digitalization, users should also be aware that bad people exist on the internet as well, and they will try to use victims' lack of knowledge to their advantage. Therefore, Practice these simple security measures:

  • Employ reputable security software and keep it up to date;
  • Backup your files on a regular basis;
  • Patch your software and the operating system as soon as updates are out (make sure you set all updates to be installed automatically so that fake pop-ups would be avoided as well);
  • Take great care when opening emails from unknown sources. Some of the phishing emails that hackers use might look legitimate but actually contain a malicious hyperlink or a compromised document attached to the email;
  • Avoid visiting file-sharing websites. Remember that any executable (including keygens, cracked software, etc.) can be used by criminals to spread malware.

Uninstall Quickset.exe if the file is malicious

We do not recommend you to remove Quickset.exe if the file is legitimate and is not causing you any troubles (like software crashes or is using an excessive amount of CPU power). The application can be used to customize your PC.

However, if you performed the scan and it revealed that the file is indeed malicious, it is time to take care of Quickset.exe virus removal as soon as possible. We recommend using Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes for that purpose. Be aware that certain malware can prevent security software from operating or even starting correctly. In such case, you should enter Safe Mode with Networking and perform the scan from there.

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