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Windows 7: What is winlogon.exe and how to remove it ?


02 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
What is winlogon.exe and how to remove it ?

Hi all,

In the Windows task manager I have a process called "winlogon.exe".
It is reluctant and no way to access its location!
There is no information available from all the right-click options!
There is no information in the Username Column nor in the Command Line! Only the Process name as "winlogon.exe" !
When I right-click to look up for its location, nothing happens! There is no location path!
When I righ(click to end the process I have a message:
The operation could not be completed. Access is denied" !
When I right-click > "Property", nothing happens neither!
None of the right-clcik menu is available except "end process" which is impossible too!
So, is this process safe or a malware?
How to kill it or remove it?
How to know where is it located?

Please advise!

Thank you

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02 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7
 
 

I found contradictory information:
1) winlogon.exe is a process which is registered as a trojan. This Trojan allows attackers to access your computer from remote locations, stealing passwords, Internet banking and personal data. This process is a security risk and should be removed from your system

2) winlogon.exe should not be disabled, required for essential applications to work properly. It is highly recommended that you run a FREE performance scan to automatically optimize memory, CPU and Internet settings.

So, what is the truth ?
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02 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

winlogon.exe is a vital part of the system you cannot remove it. Terminating it as well will blue screen the computer.
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02 Oct 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Jeez! Don't delete it...........! If you suspect malware has tampered with it, just scan as normal.
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02 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks guys, but if so, why I can't locate it when I right-click?
Also, there is no info available from "properties" ?

If it is safe, why the right-click menus are unavailable?
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02 Oct 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Its absolutely integral to your system - leave it alone!

As stated, if you suspect malware, scan as normal with your chosen AV software. Don't go trying to locate and delete files manually, or it will end in tears.
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02 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Because you don't have Task Manager running with administrative privileges. (i.e. click the "Show processes from all users" button)
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02 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7
 
 

For all other processes, I can access their location or their properties from the right-click, but for "winlogon.exe", it is impossible! Why?
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02 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Because you don't have Task Manager running with administrative privileges. (i.e. click the "Show processes from all users" button)
Yeah, it's true! Indeed, in this case I can access its location (System32) and Properties (Company Microsoft...). This is reassuring!

Thanks guys.
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