What is cfgwiz.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 cfgwiz.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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Cfgwiz.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cfgwiz
Cfgwiz.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Symantec Internal Component belongs to software Symantec Shared Components or Norton SystemWorks (version 2005 Premier) by Symantec (

Description: Cfgwiz.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file cfgwiz.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\ or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 132,248 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It is a Verisign signed file. The cfgwiz.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of cfgwiz.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramNorton SystemWorks 2005 Premier.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cfgwiz.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the cfgwiz.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.


User Comments

slowing computer 100%
think it's used to display the configuration wizard when the product is first installed.
it appared when I first installed norton internet security then became a dead file so it got ride of it (no problems)
after installing Norton SW Premier 11.0 after NIS, this file make a window at boot up. Window is blank, with Norton Internet Security at top, and "Collecting information..." or something to that effect. Symantec's solution was to install NIS after all other products. I uninstalled NIS and the cfgwiz window still pops up. The Norton center shows NSWP as needing configuration, and when you click "here" the cfgwiz window pops up again. cfgwiz is in ProgramFiles\CommonFiles\SymantecShared\OPC\{31011D49-D90C-4da0-8788-78D28AD507AF}\. Vista will not let me delete the file.

Summary: Average user rating of cfgwiz.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think cfgwiz.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving cfgwiz issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cfgwiz. 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.

To help you analyze the cfgwiz.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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