How to remove the msconf virus

Most antivirus programs identify msconf.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.hcn or Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.hdm, and TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_SDBOT.LE or BKDR_SDBOT.GOY.

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Msconf.exe file information

The process known as sTemp appears to belong to software Humba or MSI by Slayer.

Description: Msconf.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msconf.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 1,301,504 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 1,311,744 bytes and 5 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Msconf.exe is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). Msconf.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 98% dangerous.

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If msconf.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 24,576 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet.

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Important: You should check the msconf.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 msconf issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msconf. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 msconf.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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