winlogon.exe - Is winlogon.exe trojan, malware, or a virus?

what is winlogon.exe?
Purpose of winlogon.exe:



Process or task name:

Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and tasks: winlogon.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
winlogon.exe is a program which may have been on your computer since the day you first purchased your computer, as it may have been preinstalled software. The actual hard drive location and folder is also shown below, always verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware, adware, or virus related. Many spyware and virus writers often place files elsewhere on your computer, and use the same name in an attempt to fool you. This winlogon.exe file is needed for your Windows system to operate correctly. This handles user authorizations and is primarily for the Windows XP operating system (or later). You will not be able to terminate winlogon.exe from the tasklist. Note that many worms have tried to disguise their names like this, make sure your file is found in the correct location if you are concerned you may have a virus or worm. This file is considered safe and is not spyware, virus, or adware related software. Visit winlogon.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the winlogon.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
In the Windows \ System32 folder. Note many worms have used the name winlogon.exe to try and fool people. Make sure yours is located in the correct folder, with the correct name.


  • Is winlogon.exe spyware?
        No, this windows task is not spyware.

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        No, this windows task is not popup or adware related software.

  • Is winlogon.exe considered a virus or trojan?
        No, this windows task is not a virus or trojan program.

  • Would you recommend that I remove winlogon.exe?
        No, I would not remove this file.

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