What is userinit.exe,mhosts.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the userinit.exe,mhosts.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Userinit.exe,mhosts.exe file information

Here is some of what is known about the process. Up to now, our technical analysts have not been able to relate it to any particular software.

Description: Userinit.exe,mhosts.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Userinit.exe,mhosts.exe is located in a not clearly defined folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 0 bytes.,mhosts.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. Note: File does not exist any longer. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Userinit). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as userinit.exe,mhosts.exe. Therefore, you should check the userinit.exe,mhosts.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It replaces Microsoft program and it makes it so you cant open windows
it makes it so you cant open windows

Summary: Average user rating of userinit.exe,mhosts.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think userinit.exe,mhosts.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving userinit issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with userinit. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the userinit.exe,mhosts.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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