What is gconfd-2.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 gconfd-2.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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Gconfd-2.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with gconfd-2
Gconfd-2.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as gedit 2.28.0 or Xiphos belongs to software Xiphos or gedit by unknown.

Description: Gconfd-2.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file gconfd-2.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 43,008 bytes (85% of all occurrences), 98,119 bytes or 98,980 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with gconfd-2.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > T-Mobile Internet Manager or congstar Internet-Manager).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as gconfd-2.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the gconfd-2.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

For heaven's sake, it is the GNOME registry file. If you did not install any program which uses GNOME GUI, then feel free to delete it, but the installed programs will certainly need it. Currently no Microsoft programs uses GNOME, as far as we know, so you shouldn't meet this program on a just (re)installed machine. But if you want to be sure, check the program directories and program home pages, and look for the words GTK, GNOME, GPL, etc.
  DJS   (further information)
gconfd-2.exe is a daemon process for GConf, an open source system for storing user preferences, ported from Linux to Windows
  Google user   (further information)
Dieser Dienst ist (wohl) Bestandteil des T-Mobile Internet-Managers, der als Software auf dem T-Mobile-Web'n'Walk-Surf-Stick-II enthalten ist. Nach Deinstallation dieses Internet-Managers verschwindet auch dieser Dienst. Stand: 14.02.2011
  Robin D. K├Ânig  
Included in some GNOME-based software including GnuCash. Required for whatever software it was installed with.

Summary: Average user rating of gconfd-2.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think gconfd-2.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving gconfd-2 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with gconfd-2. 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 gconfd-2.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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