What is winlogon.exe? winlogon.exe stands for “Windows Logon Process”. Its role is to manage log on and log off. This file is located in C/Windows/System32.
The function of winlogon.exe is to create window station desktops and manage time-out operations. It checks the legitimacy of Windows copies as well.
Desktop protection is one of the functions of winlogon.exe. Other functions are standard SAS recognition, user profile loading, SAS routine dispatching, screen saver control, and supporting multiple network providers.
Is My winlogon.exe Valid?
If you start having errors with this file, you should check its location. Some viruses use winlogon.exe to camouflage themselves, so you will not be able to detect them. However, there is something you can do.
Open the task manager to see where the file is running from. If it is not running from where it should, this can indicate a virus infection. Scan your computer for viruses. This file’s memory and functions can be modified by malicious programs, so if you see any changes in memory usage, it can be a sign that you have a malicious program in your system.
Now, things can be more complicated with winlogon.exe. There can be several copies of this file in your system. There can be more than three or four copies and each one is valid, so this may be misleading.
How can you tell which one is invalid, if there are several of them? Well, the best you can do is to ask for some professional help. Do not delete files you are not certain about. If you find several copies of winlogon.exe, that doesn’t mean you have a virus, but if you find too many, you may have a malicious program in your system.
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