How to remove the appconf32 virus

Most antivirus programs identify appconf32.exe as malware—such as Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan-Banker.Win32.Agent.fsf or Trojan.Win32.Menti.mtkd, and McAfee identifies it as Artemis!87BEF406CEF3.

Appconf32.exe is an executable file that has been reported as being a trojan, a malicious computer program that downloads and installs malware. This file can harm your computer and be removed immediately upon discovery with a good anti-virus program.

AppConf32 stands for Application Configuration (32-bit)

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Appconf32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with appconf32
Appconf32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process belongs to software unknown by Zinger or 3GComm or Xerdor or Adobe Systems (

Description: Appconf32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Appconf32.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 50,240 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 53,752 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Userinit, Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If appconf32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 45,576 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 52,000 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Userinit, Run). Appconf32.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: You should check the appconf32.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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Best practices for resolving appconf32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active appconf32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the appconf32.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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