How to remove the wincfgs virus

Most antivirus programs identify wincfgs.exe as malware—e.g. Sophos identifies it as W32/Delf-DLW, and Avast identifies it as Win32:Delf-AQY.

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Wincfgs.exe file information

The process does not contain any indication of the producer (the software author) or the software with which it is associated.

Description: Wincfgs.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file wincfgs.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 47,104 bytes (76% of all occurrences), 32,256 bytes, 60,928 bytes or 79,360 bytes. 
The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: win.ini). The file is not a Windows system file. Wincfgs.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Wincfgs.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 84% dangerous.

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Important: You should check the wincfgs.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 wincfgs issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active wincfgs process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the wincfgs.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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