What is configuration.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 configuration.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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Configuration.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with configuration
Configuration.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as configuration.exe belongs to software Award Keylogger Pro (version x64 Edition) by unknown.

Description: Configuration.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Configuration.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 338,735 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 338,803 bytes or 265,031 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file. configuration.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous.

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If configuration.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 6,584,320 bytes. The process has no file description. The program is not visible. The configuration.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as configuration.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Worm.Win32.AutoIt.abk or Trojan-Spy.Win32.AutoIt.l (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_PATCH.QT or TROJ_EMBEDDED.AY (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the configuration.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 configuration issues

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