How to remove the winlogons virus

Most antivirus programs identify winlogons.exe as malware—for example Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Coinbitminer, and Microsoft identifies it as Worm:Win32/Phorpiex.W or VirTool:Win32/Injector.gen!DD.

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Winlogons.exe file information

The process known as Desktop Window Manager belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Winlogons.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winlogons.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 278,528 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 727,040 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Runonce, MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows system file. Winlogons.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify winlogons.exe related errors

Important: You should check the winlogons.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

Keylogger zeichnet alle Tastatur eingaben auf und versendet sie via e mail
perfekt funktionierende recordsoftware, versteckt installierbar, alles custom-mässig einstellbar!
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Das Programm zeichnet Tastenanschläge auf, außerdem können minütlich screenshots gemacht werden, die logdateien können per e-mail oder ftp verschickt werden.
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Summary: Average user rating of winlogons.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks winlogons.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think winlogons.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winlogons issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active winlogons process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the winlogons.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.

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