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What is msconfig.exe?

Msconfig.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if msconfig.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Msconfig.exe file information

The process known as System Configuration Utility or 1:00-7:00 or VIRUS or uslotttery or X1iqfopNgnDUz6mjRTLC3fAVijUgsiiDBRYeC9W1nW1UK or Qk0t1E

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Description: The original msconfig.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file msconfig.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 158,208 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 160,768 bytes and 10 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/msconfig.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. The msconfig.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. Msconfig.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify msconfig.exe related errors

Viruses with the same file name

Is msconfig.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true msconfig.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "System Configuration Utility". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as WS.Reputation.1 or Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_GEN.R0CBC0DFN13 or TROJ_SPNR.0AKL12 (detected by TrendMicro).
To ensure that no rogue msconfig.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.

How to recognize suspicious variants? If msconfig.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 57% dangerous. The file size is 844,288 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 107,520 bytes and 12 more variants. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit). The file is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. Msconfig.exe is able to monitor applications.

If msconfig.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 62% dangerous. The file size is 557,056 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 473,088 bytes and 16 more variants. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit). The msconfig.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software has no file description. Msconfig.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Msconfig.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications and hide itself.

If msconfig.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 1,916,928 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 145,408 bytes, 6,230,016 bytes, 2,781,696 bytes or 433,664 bytes.

If msconfig.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 28,874 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 158,208 bytes.

If msconfig.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 68% dangerous. The file size is 484,868 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 26,624 bytes.

If msconfig.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 83,210 bytes.

If msconfig.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 225,280 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "MSConfigReminder" is not required to run at start up. Entry that appears when you uncheck an item in the MSConfig Startup group, and will disappear if on the next reboot you select the option to not be reminded that you are running in Selective Startup mode
  • "msconfig" definitely not required. CoolWebSearch parasite related. Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebooting
  • "Msconfig" definitely not required. Added by the WINUR WORM! Note - this is not the real msconfig.exe as it's located in C:\winrun\
  • "Msconfig lptt01" definitely not required. Variant of the RapidBlaster parasite (in a "msconfig" folder in Program Files). It is not recommended you manually uninstall RapidBlaster but use RapidBlaster Killer - see here. Note - this is not the valid Windows Msconfig which has the same executable name
  • "msdev" definitely not required. Added by the AGOBOT.AAU WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate msconfig.exe which should only appear in Msconfig/Startup if you leave the warning box unchecked after changing an Msconfig entry and rebooting
  • "winrun" definitely not required. Added by the WINUR.A WORM! Note - this is not the real msconfig.exe as it's located in C:\winrun\

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msconfig.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the msconfig.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.



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User Comments

ist das systemkonfig program msconfig
  Frank Wassner  
if it is running you probably launced it yourself. It can be use to manage running processes. Type msconfig in the run dialog box.
  horizen  
this is a worm...virus...
  akhilesh  
msconfig is a cool window utility to manually manage the system processes
  Muhammad Fareed Mehmood  
my bluetooth not on my computer
  luis  

Summary: Average user rating of msconfig.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments.
3 users think msconfig.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks msconfig.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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