How to Use msconfig

The below video talks about msconfig AKA System Configuration or Startup Manager.

Written  instructions

The System Configuration manager can be used to manage the programs that auto start when your computer boots.  In most cases malware clients and plenty of other virus threats will be shown here.  You can use the Startup Manager to stop the virus threat from starting when your computer starts.  It can also be used to help locate the file location of the virus so you can delete the virus.

1. Click the Windows Start Button on the Bottom left

2. In the run command box type in "msconfig" with out the quotes and hit enter.

3. Select the Startup Tab as shown below

All the checked boxes in the Startup Item Column means the program will start when the computer boots up.  If you have a virus trace you can un-check the box so the program will not start.  You can also view the file location in the command column and browse to that file trace and re-name or delete the offending file.

So now I can uncheck the virus threats and re-boot my computer.  On boot up they should no longer load and I also now know the location of the virus threats and can delete them.

Ask your questions if you got them.


  1. Thanks much for the info, It was very helpful. God Bless. T. D

  2. C Shanmukha says

    it was helpfull cleaned virus 100%

  3. Thankful_t says

    Thanks so much for this info! It worked! But now my only thing is from the MSConfig how does a person delete the virus? From the Run prompt?

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