Winlogon86.exe (Winlogon86) Trojan Virus File Removal

Danger Winlogon86.exe is a dangerous file which creates activities on a user’s computer which may be highly undesirable. This file is unsafe.

Type: Trojan Virus (Click Here To Learn More)
Location: C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon86.exe (Click Here To Learn How To Locate)
Risk Level: Moderate (Learn More About Risk Levels)

The file is generally bundled with Winupdate86.exe and with Advanced Virus Remover, which is a fake antivirus program.

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Winlogon86.exe File Details -
File Type – EXE – Winlogon86.exe is a executable file
First Identified – November 26 2023

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9 Responses to “Winlogon86.exe (Winlogon86) Trojan Virus File Removal”

Bradley December 21st, 2022 at 8:41 pm

How do you get rid of winlogon86.exe if it doesn’t let you log on to the log in screen?

Grace Davis December 27th, 2022 at 12:13 pm

it doesnt let me log into the desktop
im on the notebook and i dont want to format\delete my datas

Antonio December 27th, 2022 at 7:27 pm

Same fate over here. Computer boots up but as soon as it logs in it automatically logs out. Can’t do anything even tried safe mode. No luck.

Josh December 29th, 2022 at 3:05 pm

It appears that when a computer has been infected with this file Windows is then set to use this file to login to a profile. If the file goes missing then there you can’t login. To fix this:

1. Boot into the Recovery Console with a Windows disc
2. When the prompt comes up (C:\Windows) type: cd system32
3. Then type: copy userinit.exe winlogon86.exe

Restart and this should allow you to boot into Windows.

Now you need edit the registry so it uses the userinit.exe file to login again.
1. Open up the run box and open regedit
2. Navigate to HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
3. In the right pane you should see a key named “userinit”
4. Modify this file so it’s value is: C:\Windows\system32\userinit.exe

That should about do it. After I changed the registry settings I browsed back to the System32 directory and deleted winlogon86.exe. I just didn’t want that file sitting in there even if it was harmless.

yuns December 31st, 2022 at 4:05 am

Hey i have been having the same problem as the three above, and it wont even let me log into my desktop. But i have a netbook and it does not have a cd-rom drive…. is there another way i can boot into the recovery console?

purpledawg January 16th, 2023 at 3:11 am

how does that restart work with a password log in?

AME January 23rd, 2023 at 4:53 pm

thank you thank you thank you. finally got this to work after trying options from other sites for DAYS.

woodyintx January 23rd, 2023 at 11:14 pm

I have tried all day to follow these instructions to actually get into windows but I am still stuck: I cannot log in to any account. Any ideas?

bethers February 12th, 2023 at 1:30 am

Hi not sure if you fixed your issue by now, but, if you dont want to lose your data, you can buy a cable to put on the end of your hard drive and you can get all of your important data of it, by plugging it into any other computer with a usb connection. Once you have everything off of it, you can then put a windows cd in the second computer and tell it to repair the hard drive attached to the usb port. You can also just reinstall windows, once it is on the usb drive. If you need more info, email me at [email protected].

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