How to remove the sndcfg16 virus

Most antivirus programs identify sndcfg16.exe as malware—for instance Symantec identifies it as W32.IRCBot, and TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_SHAREBOT.A or PAK_Generic.001.

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Sndcfg16.exe file information

The process does provide any valid information about its producer.

Description: Sndcfg16.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sndcfg16.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 12,835 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 27,201 bytes, 11,808 bytes or 15,912 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). Sndcfg16.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 92% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify sndcfg16.exe related errors

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Important: You should check the sndcfg16.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

Nistet sich im Autostart ein. Bei jedem Start werden ca. 200Dateien in zufällig ausgewählte Verzeichnise entpackt. Verlangsamt das gesamte System.
  Kreuzburg F.  
this is a snippit from a highjack post- that file is not a windows Me
  Igoreshka   (further information)
apparently a spyware you get if you use limewire, etc. Good luck trying to remove it
it bogs my comp.

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Summary: Average user rating of sndcfg16.exe: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. One user suspects danger. 5 users think sndcfg16.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sndcfg16 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active sndcfg16 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the sndcfg16.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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