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What is ZCfgSvc.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 ZCfgSvc.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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ZCfgSvc.exe file information

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

The process known as ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application or Intel® PROSet/Wireless Zero Config Service or Intel R PROSet/Wireless Zero Config Service

belongs to software ZeroCfgSvc Application or Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software or Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi or Intel® Network Connections or Intel® PROSet/Wireless or mZConfig or ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application or Intel R PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software

by Intel (www.intel.com) or Intel R .

Description: ZCfgSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ZCfgSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\WINDOWS\system32\ or C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 667,718 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 389,120 bytes and 26 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/zcfgsvc.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). ZCfgSvc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you are having problems with ZCfgSvc.exe, you can also visit the www.intel.com support page, update the program to the latest version or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Intel Zero Config MFC Application or Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless WiFi).

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

I work on computers, and for any computer with less than 1GB of RAM or an older processor I recommend running msconfig.exe and removing this from statup. However, if you're not good with computers Do not do this yourself. Doing this may cause side affects that are quickly solved by somebody who knows what hey are doing, but which can make life miserable for anybody who doesn't. After all, it is part of your wireless configuration.
  Peter Hubbell A+ Certified  
I uninstalled the ENTIRE intel wireless manager because it was asking for some crazy access code and basically not working. I then let windows detect the wireless card and choose the driver from the driver subdirectory on my computer. It works without the intel stuff and just windows wireless.
  Bruce  
It will not let me connect to the internet.
  mary  
ZCfgSvc.exe is a required file for wireless management software.
  Bijunath  
it is an Intel wifi driver and my laptop has an Atheros card, which explains why it uses almost no resources, a nessesary driver if i had an Intel wifi
  David Ewoldt  
Its not malware or a virus, but a driver for an early model wireless network card. This driver is only useful for early model Inspiron's and gets installed by mistake quitte often. I did it once and it took me 13 hrs of windows not loading and 98-100% CPU clogging to find that simple problem. Like I said, its not harmful for your computer but it definately ranks high in human health concerns...LOL Just delete it, download the right wireless driver needed-BOOM away she goes once more..
  Garret  
Microsoft Wireless Zero Configuration Sevice. Part of Windows wireless drivers, NOT Intel PROset wireless utilities with which it actually conflicts. Disable this via services.msc if using Intel drivers, or vice versa. Source: IT Analyst since 1998
  Hexadecimus  
Yay Tomasso Motorini. Your solution worked wonders
  Michael  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ZCfgSvc.exe: based on 74 votes with 9 reviews. 26 users think ZCfgSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 21 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 10 users suspect danger. 8 users think ZCfgSvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 15 users don't grade ZCfgSvc.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving ZCfgSvc issues

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