What is ZeroConfigService.exe?

The genuine ZeroConfigService.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 "ZCfgSvc.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.

ZeroConfigService 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 ZeroConfigService.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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ZeroConfigService.exe file information

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

The process known as Intel® PROSet/Wireless Zero Configure Service belongs to software Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software or Intel® PROSet/Wireless for Bluetooth or Intel® Cloud Access Manager or Intel Corporation-Mobile Wireless Group by Intel (

Description: ZeroConfigService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ZeroConfigService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,667,696 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 3,674,864 bytes and 20 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The ZeroConfigService.exe file is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. ZeroConfigService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Intel provides direct support ( and update information ( or You could uninstall Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software or Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless for Bluetooth(R) + software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

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