- you have msconfig.exe in the expected legitimate places
- your msconfig.exe is a legitimate size
This article describes the new Tools tab that is available in the System Configuration utility (Msconfig.exe). The new Tools tab is available after you install the 906569 update on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer.
Tools tab does not appear
However, there is a malware msconfig.exe exactly the same size as the legitimate one I have, so there could be one exactly the same size as you have:
What is NOT normal is
- it loading automatically in normal mode, unless you have neglected to mention you are ALSO getting the two System Configuration Utility windows pop up every time you boot
- posiibly, the 11,000k or so it is using while running
(it MIGHT help if you quoted the exact amount it is using, or if you searched the web using msconfig.exe along with the exact figure)
- the fact you can't stop the process
"I also have the following entry in the registry:
Which has the data:
Those are fine, but you should have a lot more than just one registry entry for msconfig.exe.
2000 and XP regedit has this annoying tendancy of saving where you were in the regisry when you last used regedit when you closed it. When you use regedit the next time, that's here it goes to when you open it, not necessarily to the begining of the registry.
To properly search the whole registry, you have to make sure My Computer is highlighted at the top of the list at left BEFORE you search.
More task manager stuff
Mine - run from desktop shortcut 4,784K
click shortcut again without closing 4,788K
I can easily stop the process.
Even if yours uses more, it's unlikely it would use about 11,000K with just one more feature.
Bogus registry enties to look for:
"The new Tools tab is available after you install the 906569 update on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer."
You could try un-installing 906569 or KB 906569 if it's listed in Add/Remove Programs.
The System Configuration Utility starts when you start your computer"
That's as intended, but
- you always get the two System Configuration Utility windows pop up every time you boot as the desktop is loaded as well
- you DO NOT have any problem stopping the process in Task Manager
That article tells you to Enable All on the Startup tab
- you don't necessarily want to to that, in fact it's often a good idea NOT to do that. You often have way too many programs loading as Startup programs there.
- you can prevent msconfig from loading and the two System Configuration Utility windows from loading while booting into Windows without having to enable loading of all of them!
See Response 4 in this: