What is swsetup.exe? How To Remove or Fix swsetup.exe

Have you ever seen a swsetup.exe on your computer and wondered what the heck? Personally, I have. If you haven’t, maybe one day you will. I tried to gather information about it, and I thought it would be wise to create this post. I know it will help many, even you who have already seen it.

To answer the first question that you wanted to know about this file, the swsetup.exe file is an executable file that that is part and parcel of the SmartWhois program. This program was developed by TamoSoft.

In findings, I realized that this software is usually about 7.34 MB in size. This is the average size of the file on almost all computers.

If it is your first time hearing about a .exe file, then don’t be shocked. The .exe file extension means nothing much. It is just a name that is given to an executable file.

Additionally, you will come across several executable files on your PC as you continue to use it. Some executable files are not as good as you might think. There are cases where such files can harm your computer and other components including worthy software and files that are on your machine

If you want to find out more about the swsetup.exe file, continue reading.

In this article, I will teach you several ways to remove this file. But before you decide on whether the swsetup.exe file on your computer is a virus or trojan horse that you should delete, I will first tell you how you can determine if it is a valid Windows operating system file or a reliable application.

Is swsetup.exe safe, or is it a virus or malware?

The location of an executable file itself is the first thing that can help you to find out if a given .exe file is a valid Windows process, or maybe it is a virus.

If you want to check if the executable file in question is legit, you have to confirm its location. When you do, make sure that the swsetup.exe is running from C:\Program Files\smartwhois\sw.exe and not in any other location.

Checking the file location of swsetup.exe using the task manager

To confirm that this executable file is running from a required location, you will have to use the task manager.

Here are the steps:

  1. Press the Windows logo button on your keyboard and the X button all at the same time.
  2. From the small menu that opens, select the task manager. This operation will open the Task Manager.
  3. Now go ahead and click at the View option.
  4. Select Columns and then choose “Image Path Name”. This will help you to add a location column to your Task Manager.
  5. Browse through the list of running tasks and locate the swsetup.exe process. Navigate across the columns and check if you can find a suspicious directory from the Image Path name column. If you find out that the location that this executable file is running from to be suspicious, it will be wise for you to start running extra checks. It will be good because you will be able to figure out if it is harmful or not. This file should be running from C:\Program Files\smartwhois\sw.exe

Detect Bad Processes Using the Microsoft’s Process Explorer

When I was doing my checks trying to find out the location of this file on my PC, I realized that the Microsoft’s Process Explorer tool could be used to detect harmful processes.

This method has been handy and me together with other users, we managed to figure out if we should remove it or leave it.

Check out the instructions below for how you can use this method to figure out the location of this file.

  1. Start the program. Please note that there is no installation required.
  2. Next, under Options, activate “Check Legends”.
  3. Go ahead and click on to View.
  4. From the list of options that are displayed, select Columns, and then click add “Verified Signer.” This will add the Verified Signer column to the default columns.
  5. Now what you have to do is find out if the status of the process is listed as verified or unable to verify. If the process “Verified Signer” status is listed as “Unable to Verify”, this means that the file can be a threat and can harm your PC. You should take a moment and end the process.


Not all good or verified Windows processes have a valid Verified Signature label. Therefore, you should investigate it before you decide to leave the file on your PC. Don’t just fall for the verified signature. Also, none of the bad processes are good

The most important facts about swsetup.exe:

For you to be able to determine if the file you have on your computer is valid, you will need to compare it with the below file information.

You will need to cross-check each aspect before you delete it. Keep in mind that deleting .exe files that are not harmful can lead to other severe problems with your computer.

Make sure that the file meets the following:

  1. Located in C:\Program Files\SmartWhois subfolder.Publisher: TamoSoft.
  2. Full Path: C:\Program Files\smartwhois\sw.exe.
  3. Help file: www.tamos.com/support.
  4. Publisher URL: www.tamos.com/products/smartwhois.
  5. They are known to be up to 7.34 MB in size on most Windows.

If this file has been giving you problems, you should determine if it’s trustworthy before deciding to discard it. You can easily do this using the Task Manager process described above. Find its location (it should be in C:\Program Files\SmartWhois) and compare the size and other aspects with the above facts.

What if the file has suspicious info?

What should do after you do the above checks and realize that the file has suspicious information; here is what you should do.

If you suspect that your computer is infected with a virus because of this file, you must attempt to fix it immediately.

One of the best ways I used to fix it was to delete it completely from the system.

To do this, you will have to download and install a full security application like Malwarebytes

The above tool is totally different from other tools you can find out there. It has a great capability to detect even the undetectable files that other tools might not be able to remove. Not all tools on the web can detect every type of malware. If you want to use other tools, you may need to try several options before you’re get the best for the job.


You might also encounter several challenges when trying to remove this file because the functionality of this executable file may affect the deletion process.

If that happens, you should try enabling Safe Mode with Networking. Working in a secure environment like this will disable most processes that could be interfering with the removal process. Only the most required services and drivers will be loaded.

Once everything is set, you can now go ahead and run a security program and a complete system analysis.

Can I remove or delete swsetup.exe?

Well, if you are looking forward to deleting an executable file, leave alone the swsetup.exe, I will advise you that you should not delete a safe executable file without a valid reason.

Deleting executable files that are safe and not causing harm to your PC may affect your computer’s performance. Apart from that, any associated programs that use that file will also be affected and will start misbehaving.

They might bring more trouble than what you already have. That said, make sure that you always keep your computer software and programs up to date. Updated operating system and software help you to avoid unnecessary problems that are caused by corrupted files.

Also, to avoid other software functionality issues, make sure to frequently check driver and software updates. This is just to ensure that you don’t run into any risks.

Why do people remove the swsetup.exe file?

As I was going through the stats of this file, I found out that most people, about 11%, delete this file so that it doesn’t harm their machines. This is according to various sources. It is good that they are taking precautions but, for your case, before you hit that delete button or uninstall, make sure that you check the trustworthiness of this executable yourself to determine if it is safe or a virus.

There are many tools that you can use to run the checks for this file. Most of them are free, but the best system diagnosis analysis should be done with Reimage. This file will classify the file as malicious or safe. In cases where the file is classified as malicious, this app will help you to delete the swsetup.exe file and also get rid of any associated malware.

Also, you can uninstall SmartWhois from your computer using its uninstaller, which should be located at C:\Program Files2\SMARTW~1\swsetup.exe -uninstall.

What if I can’t find the Uninstaller file?

If you are not able to find swsetup.exe uninstaller, then you will have to uninstall SmartWhois completely for you to be able to delete swsetup.exe.

You can use the Add/Remove Program function in the Windows Control Panel.

  1. Hit Windows Key + Q to open a search box.
  2. Type Control Panel, and then click on the first option to open the control panel window.
  3. Under Programs, for Windows Vista/7/8.1/10: Click Uninstall a Program and for Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Browse through the programs listed and then locate the program SmartWhois.
  5. Now click it, and then if you are using Windows Vista/7/8.1/10: Click Uninstall and for those of you using Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  6. Finally follow the on-screen instructions to remove SmartWhois
  7. Restart your computer and check if you were able to remove the SmartWhois executable fie.

Common swsetup.exe error messages

If this file starts causing problems to your computer, here are several error messages that will be displayed. Please check the error message you get on your computer with the below error messages so that you can be able to identify if it is associated with this executable file or another one.

The most common swsetup.exe errors that can appear are:

swsetup.exe Application Error.

  1. Faulting Application Path: swsetup.exe.
  2. swsetup.exe failed.
  3. swsetup.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
  4. Cannot find swsetup.exe.
  5. swsetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
  6. Error starting program: swsetup.exe.
  7. swsetup.exe is not running.
  8. swsetup.exe not found.

When do error messages associated with swsetup.exe occur?

Well, the above .exe error messages can pop up when you are installing a particular program. There are cases where users had reported this issue when they were executing or running associate software programs that depend on the SmartWhois.

Also, during the startup or shutdown of Windows or even during the installation of the Windows operating system, one of the above errors can show up.

It is imperative to keep a record of when and where your SmartWhois error occurs. This information will be useful when it comes to troubleshooting.

How to fix swsetup.exe

You can avoid any SmartWhois related problems if you maintain a clean and tidy computer. This is just one of the best practices you can adopt.

You will need to regularly perform malware and virus scans and clean your hard disk with cleanmgr and sfc /scannow.

Uninstalling programs you no longer need could also do the trick. In addition, you will need to monitor all auto-start programs (with msconfig) and enable automatic Windows updates. Remember, updates usually incorporate best bug fixes that tend to fix most of the Windows-related problems.

It is also important to make regular backups of your files, data, and settings. You can do this by defining recovery points that will later be used to restore your PC to a state when it was working just fine.

Also, you can try to use the resmon command in the command prompt terminal to identify some of the processes that are causing your problem.

You might find the problem to be very serious and canning such that you are convinced o to reinstall Windows, my advice is to try to repair your installation instead of doing a complete reinstallation.

You can repair Windows 8 by executing the command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth. This allows you to repair the operating system without data loss.


The Security Task Manager can help you analyze the Helper Compact.exe process on your computer. It is such a reliable software since it displays all Windows tasks running, including built-in hidden processes such as the keyboard and browser monitoring or auto-start entries. A single security risk rating indicates the probability that it is spyware, malware, or a potential Trojan horse. This anti-virus detects and removes spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware, and trackers from your hard disk.

Method 1: Use cleanmgr

As mentioned above, your Operating system may slow down because of the overloading of processes.

In this case, you can take advantage of the Disk Cleanup tool, which will help you fix any errors associated with this executable file in no time.

Here is what you should do:

  1. Hit the Windows key +Q. This command will open the search box.
  2. Type the word cmd in the search box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys simultaneously in order for it to run.
  3. Grant the administrator privileges when prompted
  4. After the CMD window/terminal opens, type in this command cleanmgr.
  5. Now press the enter key on the keyboard in order to initiate the clean process.

The error message should now be fixed.

Method 2: Use sfc/scannow

When you install an operating system on your PC, it will install an inbuilt system application which you can always use to find any bugs and errors on your PC.

The System File Checker (sfc) is one of those apps that you can use in Windows to scan for bugs.

To fix any errors associated with the Compact.exe, simply follow the steps that are described below. This should work with the latest version of Windows that: Windows 8 and Windows 10.

  1. Start by pressing Windows + Q keys on your keyboard in order to fire up the windows search box.
  2. In the search box type CMD and then simultaneously press of the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys.
  3. Click on yes button in order to grant admin permission for you to open the Command Prompt terminal
  4. Now, type this command sfc/scannow into the command prompt window and then press the Enter key.
  5. Be patient for the process to finish and then proceed with the task that triggered the error and see if it is fixed.

Method 3: Use MSConfig

If you don’t know what the Msconfig command means, then don’t worry. It is nothing that can harm your PC or files.

What it means in less technical terms is that it is the Microsoft System Configuration Utility that you can use to solve problems regarding any issue.

In order to have only the most important and crucial Windows drivers, you can follow the given steps:

  1. Hit the Windows key + R on your keyboard in order to open the Run dialogue box
  2. In the text field, type in the word CMD and then click OK or hit the Enter button.
  3. The above steps will open the Command Prompt terminal. Now you need to type in this command msconfig 
  4. Afterward, press the enter key on your keyboard.
  5. Click on yes if you are asked for administrator permissions.
  6. Be patient and wait for the entire process to complete then text to see if the error associated with the .exe file is fixed.


Method 4: Download or reinstall swsetup.exe

Downloading and reinstalling this app can also help fix any errors that might be associated with it. However, you need to be very careful when doing this. Experts advise that you should not download replacement .exe files from any download sites. As we mentioned earlier, some of these executable files are not safe if you download them from any harmful site. These files may contain viruses and other dangerous codes.

If you need to download or reinstall swsetup.exe, then we recommend that you reinstall the main application associated with its SmartWhois.

Also, the problems that come with this file are distributed in most operating systems. The swsetup.exe errors have been reported to occur in the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:

  • Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME, and Windows 2000.

Over To You

I have that you found this article to be useful and that you have learned all the things you wanted to know about swsetup.exe.

If you have any questions regarding this article, then feel free to comment in our comment section.

We will try our best to answer your queries as soon as possible.

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About James Abuti

James Abuti is a Windows Technical expert and being a passionate Windows Blogger, he loves to troubleshoot system issues and help others. If you wish to contact him directly, you can do so at james@techzonar.xyz. He is also the founder of https://techzonar.xyz and https://affordany.com/blog.

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