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Is userinit.exe safe?

Userinit.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if userinit.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Userinit.exe file information

The process known as Userinit Logon Application or honey or hello or love or task

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 folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 24,576 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 25,088 bytes and 36 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/userinit.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. Userinit.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
You could also completely remove AVM ISDN CAPI Port (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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Viruses with the same file name

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 Trojan:Win32/Vhorse.Q (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_FAKEAV.AML or WORM_AUTORUN.UP (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 folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 78% dangerous. The file size is 69,632 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 112,128 bytes and 30 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: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). Userinit.exe is able to monitor applications, record inputs and hide itself.

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 software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The userinit.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file.
You could also completely remove Codec Pack - All In 1 (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

If userinit.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", 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 55% dangerous. The file size is 1,448,448 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 33,792 bytes, 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.



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User Comments

userinit.exe is a key process in the Windows operating system. On boot-up it manages the different start up sequences needed, such as establishing network connection and starting up the Windows shell. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated. userinit.exe is a system process that is needed for your PC to work properly. It should not be removed.
  karthik  
when userinit.exe does not exec, my win7 fails to show desktop.
  kameh  
I have report that my friend detected as a virus under System32. Once it was deleted, she is stuck at the window Logon screen with the user avatar etc. Everytime it is clicked, the laptop proceed to shutdown instead of logon.
   
I deleted it after reading it was 55% dangerous. The computer could not be started and I had to reinstall from my back up
  stanley canning  
Userinit is a useful application. Never delete it. It must be only in the system32 folder in windows and also in the startup folder.
   
Its a virus whenever you connect an internet this makes connection disconnected withing a few seconds after connecting internet. you need to delete all tmp files from %temp% folder some files can not be deleted but you have to delete forcefully any how this files after the removal of the file you can get rid out from the virus.
  Avirat  
when starting up my computer it slow down my computer,it sometines can't start up,it need to restart,after start up also it slow down the computer
  siama  
If this file is the unexpected size, it blocks security websites such as microsoft.com
  Gruntkiller4000  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of userinit.exe: based on 83 votes with 9 reviews.
35 users think userinit.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 16 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 10 users suspect danger. 16 users think userinit.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 16 users don't grade userinit.exe ("not sure about it").


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