How to get rid of the msconf VirusSometimes the msconf file may cloak a virus, for example TrendMicro found BKDR_SDBOT.GOY or, as the case may be, WORM_SPYBOT.MCS, as well as Kaspersky found Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.hdm or, as the case may be, Backdoor.Win32.Poison.aiey. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with msconf.exe
The msconf.exe process is also known as sTemp and is a part of Humba or, as the case may be, MSI. This software is produced by Slayer. An obsolete or defective version of msconf.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- sTemp has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- sTemp has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- msconf.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module msconf.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about msconf.exe sTemp
msconf.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Msconf.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,301,504 bytes (25% of all these files), 139,264 bytes, 172,578 bytes or, as the case may be, 161,842 bytes.
The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. The file can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This msconf program can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run). Msconf.exe is capable of record keystrokes, hides its presence from system tools as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 97% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
Attention: If you find msconf.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about msconf?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
Summary: For this reason, one user has already deleted msconf.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Humba or MSI
To remove sTemp from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Humba or MSI in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if msconf.exe (sTemp) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of sTemp. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for sTemp or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or msconf.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.