What is winlog.exe?

The genuine winlog.exe file is a software component of Salfeld Personal Security Tools by Salfeld.
This process runs in the background as part of Salfeld's Personal Security Toolset. It monitors internet usage and controls what the user sees based on preset control levels. A German company, Salfeld features offers three security products as part of the toolset: Win Control, User Control, and Child Control.

WinLog stands for Windows Logger

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 winlog.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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Winlog.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winlog
Winlog.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Winlog.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winlog.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 144,384 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 2,117,632 bytes and 19 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, User Shell Folders). The application has no file description. Winlog.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 65% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name winlog.exe, for example Mal/Inet-Fam (detected by Sophos), and Win32:Trojan-gen {Other} (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the winlog.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

its a virus. once it gets in to your computer, the files where it is in become shortcuts.
where i know that it is a type of virus and any type of virus is virus so it is dangerious.
  chandra prakash   (further information)
it's a log spoofer. will alter your log files to make seem size appropriate even though you might have just had some srpize trojans uploaded, some files exfiltrated.
This process name is used as the default name for many RATs. Be warned, its a virus.
Automatically copies itself onto your flashdrive from local user directory AppData along with an autorun.ini. When you click to open your flashdrive from My Computer, it copies the winlog.exe file to your computer. Just delete from startup (run=msconfig) and do a search and delete all instance of the file

Bad virus keylogger if im not mistaken
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of winlog.exe: based on 22 votes with 9 reviews. One user thinks winlog.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 13 users think winlog.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade winlog.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving winlog issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with winlog. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the winlog.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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