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What is msconfig.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 msconfig.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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Msconfig.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msconfig
Msconfig.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 msconfig.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/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 keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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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?

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

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 recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving msconfig issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msconfig. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 msconfig.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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