How to remove the winIogon virus

Most antivirus programs identify winIogon.exe as malware—e.g. BitDefender identifies it as Backdoor.Generic.460683, and Microsoft identifies it as VirTool:MSIL/Injector.gen!A or Trojan:Win32/Ircbrute.

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WinIogon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winIogon
WinIogon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: WinIogon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file winIogon.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 90,112 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 56,687 bytes, 68,608 bytes, 175,104 bytes or 62,464 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, win.ini, Run). It 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 process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. WinIogon.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 84% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If winIogon.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 377,436 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The winIogon.exe file is not a Windows core file. WinIogon.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: You should check the winIogon.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

blocks registry and task manager
Virus and/or spyware
Back-Door ASB.gen
It disable system restore and msconfig.
  Adam King  
Blocks access to registry, task manager, and command prompt. Disables Integrated Firewall in Windows XP SP2. Extremely difficult if not impossible to remove without a complete reinstallation of windows. Currently being hosted on but CJB is not doing anything about it after several notifications.
constantly getting attacked
This is a confirmed spyware.
  FarriJ   (further information)
Can only be deleted in Reconvery Console. Set attributes -RHS to make acessible to delete.
WinIogon (as opposed to Winlogon - I not L) is a dropper from an exploit of the LSASS vulnerability in Windows. Patch it and all is fine
  Albinus   (further information)
Have this on my computer, turned firewall off for 10 mins and got it. It closes task manager as soon as you open it so you can't end the process, if you have this problem get Security Task Manager
always getting attacked, high cpu-usage, internet connection problems
Removed with RegRun, McAfee, and Norton AntiVirus
  Death of the Virus   (further information)
steals part of my bandwidth, it's one of a series of infected files that i keep getting like algs.exe and logon.exe which keep popping up which somehow avoid any detection/deletion by the programs i've tried (McAffee, CA Antivirus and Antivir Guard). I got it off a p2p site
is a confirmed trojan.

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Summary: Average user rating of winIogon.exe: based on 16 votes with 15 user comments. 2 users suspect danger. 14 users think winIogon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving winIogon issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active winIogon process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the winIogon.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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