What is msconfg.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 msconfg.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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Msconfg.exe file information

The process msconfg.exe contains no information about its author.

Description: Msconfg.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file msconfg.exe is located in a not unambiguous folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 0 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. Note: File does not exist any longer. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msconfg.exe. Therefore, you should check the msconfg.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

Wurm WS32/SDBot.AFS
Quarantined it and nothing went wrong
  John Hays  
Name is meant to mimick MSCONFIG without the "I" and prevented my system from shutting down
  Tim Fitz-Gerald  
If you see this file working on background then you shoud be suspicius about it, I use avast antivirus, avast detects it and put i into "chest" so far nothing is going wrong
  Mustafa Bedri Şen  
was reading remote assistance
  Yuvraj Singh Babrah  

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Summary: Average user rating of msconfg.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks msconfg.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users think msconfg.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving msconfg issues

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