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What does the ZCfgSvc.exe file do?

The ZCfgSvc.exe process is also known as ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application or, as the case may be, Intel® PROSet/Wireless Zero Config Service and is a part of ZeroCfgSvc Application or, as the case may be, Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software. This software is produced by Intel (www.intel.com). An obsolete or defective version of ZCfgSvc.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about ZCfgSvc.exe ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application

ZCfgSvc.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. ZCfgSvc.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (often C:\WINDOWS\system32\ respectively C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 667,718 bytes (26% of all these files), 802,816 bytes as well as 14 other variants.
ZCfgSvc.exe was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. To remove the file and its related software from your computer, click Programs in Control Panel Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run). ZCfgSvc.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes as well as monitor other applications. For this reason, 34% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves ZCfgSvc.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about ZCfgSvc?

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Zero Config MFC Application Windows 2000/XP/2003 Service, part of Intel’s ProSET utilities and installed by the drivers for many of Intel wireless network cards, whether onboard as seen in some laptops (e.g. Intel Pro Wireless 2100 in Dell laptops amongst others), or in the shape of PCMCIA wireless network cards (e.g. Intel Pro Wireless 2011). This task provides background support functions for the Intel ProSET utilities which enable you to configure your wireless adapter and connection through the Intel ProSET icon in the System Tray. (further information...)
Everytime my intel centrino laptop logs on line wirelessly, after about 2 minutes i get an error message and it disconnects and then reconnects. The error message is the send or dont send m/soft one.
mike girling
I found my PC very slow...after examining in task manager discovered the cpu at 100%...this pgm was causing the prob...after I ended it PC ran fine...it seemed to affect mcshield causing it to use a lot of cpu. After stopping ZCfgSvc.exe mcshield was fine
I found my PC very slow...after examining in task manager

Summary: 21 users judge ZCfgSvc.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 8 users consider it harmless. However, 8 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 8 users have already deleted ZCfgSvc.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall ZeroCfgSvc Application or Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software

ZCfgSvc.exe ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application fix

To remove ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for ZeroCfgSvc Application or Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if ZCfgSvc.exe (ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application) 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 ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ZeroCfgSvc MFC Application 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 ZCfgSvc.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.

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