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    Platinum+ Member z3n's Avatar
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    winlogon.exe

    Hello could someone give me any information on winlogon.exe file.

    I recently got jammed with some malicious malware which hammered my system.

    After turning off System restore and running a mountain of scanners (e.g. cwshredder, HijackThis, Ad-awareSE, SuperAntiSpyware, CCleaner, and a few others) It seemed my system was clean and back to normal.
    (BTW - I did also scan on startup so as to clear memory)
    However my Firewall started picking up an app called Windows NT logon application trying to connect.



    Now I have no recollection of ever seeing this before so I became immediately suspicious and blocked it.

    After doing some research I have found that it is indeed a vulnerable file for adware but also too critical a system file to remove.

    The correct version of this file is located in C:\WINDOWS\system32

    Which is where I found mine.



    Apparently my system is free of spyware/adware and othe viruses (according to all the scans) - but I have no knowledge of ever seeing this icon before, and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on it for me.

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by z3n; May 29th, 2006 at 23:08 PM.

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    Should be safe

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    Platinum+ Member z3n's Avatar
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    Cheers Rik,

    One of the main reasons it concerned me was me Sygate notification window kept popping up and alerting me of it trying to connect. Which would cause anything else I was doing to QTD (quit to desktop).

    I've since discovered that in Sygate you can go "Tools>Options>General> then click the "Hide notification message" box.

    Which is great cos when I deny something - it stays denied.

    The winlogon.exe has been denied for quite some time now with no marked changes in my computers performance or behaviour.

    See how I go.

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