What is ZCfgSvc.exe?

The genuine ZCfgSvc.exe file is a software component of Intel® PROSet Wireless WiFi Software by Intel Corporation.
Intel’s Zero Configuration Wireless Service is an integral component of Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software Management. (Under some Windows versions it may be named “ZeroConfigService.exe.”) If it is disabled some of the PROSet product’s background features may stop working without the end user knowing. It helps maintain reliable WiFi connections in areas with radio frequency difficulties by monitoring the link status and automatically invoking the adapter’s driver, if it is down, to scan for a profile match and reconnect. Originally designed to replace Windows XP’s Zero Configuration Service, Intel® PROSet/Wireless continued into versions for Windows Vista, 7, and 8. It provides tools, statistics and diagnostics not available in Microsoft Native WiFi. Once Intel PROSet/Wireless management software is installed it must be used to configure the Intel wireless device and manage the network connections. Intel Corporation, in Santa Clara, CA, USA, founded in 1968, is the world’s largest and highest-valued semiconductor manufacturer.

ZCfgSvc stands for Intel® PROSet/Wireless Zero Configure Service

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® Network Connections or Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi or Intel® PROSet/Wireless or mZConfig or or Intel R PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software

by Intel ( 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 10/8/7/XP are 667,718 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 802,816 bytes and 17 more variants. 
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 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with ZCfgSvc.exe, you can also visit the support page, update the program to the latest version or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Intel Zero Config MFC Application or Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless WiFi).

Recommended: Identify ZCfgSvc.exe related errors

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.


User Comments

Part of Intel Zero Config
I rated it as Dangerous because Annoying, Misbehaving, Buggy are not options. On my Toshiba Satellite PC75-27310 running Windows 8.1, it fills the admin's documents folder with .csv files like this: #Event,Source,Time,Error Severity,Domain,User,Description 1,ZCfgSvc,04/05/2014 11:09:19,Information,General,SYSTEM,ASTK: The adapter does not suppport Asset Tracking! 2,Profile Manager API,04/05/2014 11:09:19,Error,Profile,jmcneely,An unexpected error occurred! 3,Profile Manager API,04/05/2014 11:09:19,Error,Profile,SYSTEM,An unexpected error occurred! 4,EvtEngine,04/05/2014 11:54:26,Success,Connection,SYSTEM,iAMT - Failed to read Windows Events Log 5,EvtEngine,04/05/2014 11:54:28,Success,Connection,SYSTEM,iAMT - Failed to read Windows Events Log 6,EvtEngine,04/05/2014 11:54:28,Information,General,SYSTEM,WTS_SESSION_LOGOFF:Start trace 7,EvtEngine,04/05/2014 11:54:28,Information,General,SYSTEM,WTS_CONSOLE_DISCONNECT:Start trace
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.
It will not let me connect to the internet.
ZCfgSvc.exe is a required file for wireless management software.
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..
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ZCfgSvc.exe: based on 76 votes with 9 reviews. 27 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. 9 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 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 ZCfgSvc.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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