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 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.
The process known as Userinit Logon Application or honey or hello or task or love
belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or honey or F YOU or thanhminh or Hav_online or THANHMINH or ??1 or Project1
by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or .
Description: The original userinit.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file userinit.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 24,576 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 26,624 bytes and 32 more variants.
The program has no visible window. Userinit.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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Is userinit.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true userinit.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Userinit Logon Application".
However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are e.g. TrojanDownloader:Win32/Renos.BAH or Worm:Win32/VB.HA (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_FAKEAV.AML or WORM_AUTORUN.SM3 (detected by TrendMicro).
To ensure that no rogue userinit.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.
How to recognize suspicious variants?
If userinit.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 69,632 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 112,128 bytes and 29 more variants. There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Userinit, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). Userinit.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
If userinit.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 5% dangerous. The file size is 24,576 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 25,088 bytes and 4 more variants. The program has a visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Userinit, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). Userinit.exe is not a Windows core file. The userinit.exe file is a Microsoft signed file.
If userinit.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 12,288 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 29,696 bytes and 6 more variants.
If userinit.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 1,448,448 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 12,800 bytes or 24,576 bytes.
If userinit.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 222,208 bytes.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as userinit.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the userinit.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.
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 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.