Is Dot1xcfg.exe A Genuine Process, A Virus, Or Both?

Dot1xcfg.exe – An Introduction

This process is recorded to be associated with Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection Software. By default, the file is located in the C:\Program Files\Dot1XCfg folder.

A malicious version of the process is also known. The malicious file is identified as a variant of the Trojan-Downloader Win32.Adload.pr malware. We will talk about the virus process later on in this article. For now, let’s focus our attention on the genuine process.

Startup Information

The dot1xcfg.exe process loads automatically every time you boot Windows. If you don’t want this process to run itself at Windows startup then perform the following steps:

  1. Click the Windows icon in your taskbar.
  2. Type msconfig in the Start Search dialog box to open the System Configuration dialog box.
  3. Click the Startup tab.
  4. Locate and clear the checkbox before dot1xcfg.exe.
  5. Click Apply, and then click the OK button.

Is this an essential process?

The answer is both Yes and No. This process is required only if you use a wireless network. So, if you use an Intel wireless network, it is best that you leave this process alone. On the other hand, if you don’t use wireless network, you can safely disable the process.

Here are the tasks you need to perform to disable this process:

  1. Terminate the dotxcfg.exe process.
  2. Disable Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection Service.

Terminate the process

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  2. Click Processes.
  3. Locate and select dot1xcfg.exe.
  4. Click End Process.

Disable Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection Service

  1. Click the Windows icon on your desktop.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Administrative Tools.
  4. In the right-pane, double-click Services.
  5. Locate and select Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection service.
  6. In the General tab, click the Stop button under the Service Status section.
  7. Next, select Disabled in the Startup type drop-down menu list.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Click OK.

Names of threats associated with the dot1xcfg.exe.exe virus

Here are the names of the Internet threats that are known to be associated with this file:

  • Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Adload.pr [Kaspersky Lab]
  • TROJ_DLOADER.DKV [Trend Micro]
  • Trojan:Win32/Drastwor.A [Microsoft]
  • Downloader.MisleadApp [Symantec]
  • Downloader.gen.a [McAfee]
  • Adware.Maxifiles [PC Tools]
  • Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Adload [Ikarus]
  • TROJ_DRASTWOR.A [Trend Micro]
  • TROJ_AGENT.GAA [Trend Micro]
  • Downloader [Symantec]

Dot1xcfg exe Virus – Behavior Report

This virus is known to show the following behavior:

  • Executes processes
  • Creates other processes.
  • Adds an entry in the Windows registry to auto start programs when Windows loads.
  • Registers a DLL file.
  • Displays pop-up ads.
  • Does process hijacking, that is, the virus writes to another process’s virtual memory.
  • Has the ability to record or control mouse contents and keyboard input.

How to determine if the process running on your computer is genuine

If two instances of this process are running on your computer then it indicates that your PC is infected. Also, if the process is running on your computer even after you have deleted this file, then it is likely that your PC is infected.

How to get rid of the dot1xcfg.exe virus

Install an advanced anti-virus tool on your computer and run a virus scan on your entire computer to get rid of the virus.