What is ipconfig.exe?

The genuine ipconfig.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
Microsoft's Internet Protocol configuration utility, this application has been incorporated into Windows since the release of Windows XP. Accessible through the command prompt, this utility allows you to display IP information, as well as release it, renew it, and other options. This utility replaced the previous winipcfg.exe file. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

IPConfig stands for IP Configuration Utility

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 ipconfig.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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Ipconfig.exe file information

The process known as IP Configuration Utility belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Microsoft Windows Ýþletim Sistemi by Microsoft (

Description: The original ipconfig.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Ipconfig.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 27,136 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 29,184 bytes. 
The file is a Windows core system file. The program has no visible window. Ipconfig.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is ipconfig.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true ipconfig.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "IP 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 for instance HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (detected by Kaspersky), and RDN/Generic.dx!d2r (detected by McAfee).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If ipconfig.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 89% dangerous. The file size is 132,096 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 129,024 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. Ipconfig.exe is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: RunOnce, User Shell Folders, Run). Ipconfig.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as ipconfig.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ipconfig.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

when shutdown is occured
correct utility
ipconfig.exe is part of Windows and a console application that displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol DHCP and Domain Name System DNS settings.
  Kelly   (further information)
ipconfig.exe is a console application that displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values such ip address and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings.
  Alienreplikat   (further information)
As said its a service provided by Microsoft. Acgually its not a virus..but some kinda malware. I tried to resolve it permanently..but i couldn't. But one great way to temporarily disable it by using Rkill.exe s/w. It disables ipconfig.exe flashing cmd until u shutdown. when u startup again the problem persist and u need to run rkill again..its the solution i found after trying a million ways!
  Thomas Martin  

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Summary: Average user rating of ipconfig.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think ipconfig.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 2 users think ipconfig.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade ipconfig.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ipconfig issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ipconfig. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ipconfig.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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