Most antivirus programs identify winlogo.exe as malware—for instance F-Secure identifies it as Trojan-Banker.Win32.Banker.qbk, and McAfee identifies it as PWS-Banker.gen.i.
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Description: Winlogo.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winlogo.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 1,952,768 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 168,738 bytes or 193,024 bytes.
There is no file information. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\RunServices). The file is not a Windows system file. The winlogo.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. Winlogo.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous.
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If winlogo.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 189,192 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Winlogo.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.
If winlogo.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 144,896 bytes. The process has no file description. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. Winlogo.exe is able to connect to the Internet.
Important: You should check the winlogo.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 winlogo. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 winlogo.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.