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 NICCONFIGSVC.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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NICCONFIGSVC.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with NICCONFIGSVC
NICCONFIGSVC.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Internal Network Card Power Management Service belongs to software Internal Network Card Power or Internal Network Card Power Management by Dell (

Description: NICCONFIGSVC.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The NICCONFIGSVC.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 380,928 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 356,352 bytes, 475,136 bytes, 376,832 bytes or 592,464 bytes. 
The program is not visible. NICCONFIGSVC.exe is not a Windows core file. NICCONFIGSVC.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with QuickSet or Internal Network Card Power Management occur, you can also ask for help from Support, update the program to the latest version or uninstall the software using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

Pre-Installed on Dell XPS Gen2
same as last comment
Starts the built-in NIC, part of device driver install
  Dan L  
Pre-Installed on Dell XPS M170 (as well)
Came with Dell XPS Gen 2
network power managment utility
It is installed as part of Dell's Quick Set applications, for providing power management fot the NIC. It does not need to be installed for the system to function
Caused following error after applying latest Microsoft Update patch set on 2007-07-11: Faulting application NicConfigSvc.exe, version, time stamp 0x45528821, faulting module NicConfigSvc.exe, version, time stamp 0x45528821, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x00001b7c, process id 0xed0, application start time 0x01c7c3988f4338a6.
  Fred M.  

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Summary: Average user rating of NICCONFIGSVC.exe: based on 9 votes with 8 user comments. 8 users think NICCONFIGSVC.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving NICCONFIGSVC issues

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