• Valid program

    USERINIT.EXE Information

    This is a valid program that is required to run at startup.

    This program is required to run on startup in order to benefit from its functionality or so that the program will work. The following information is a brief description of what is known about this file. If you require further assistance for this file, feel free to ask about in the forums.

  • Name
    <not used>
  • Filename
    userinit.exe
  • Command
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,
  • Description
    The userinit.exe is a program that is launched directly after a user logs into Windows. This program restores your profile, fonts, colors, etc for your username. This startup is a required and important system file for Windows.
  • File Location
    %System%
  • Startup Type
    This programs starts by appending itself to the Userinit registry key.
  • HijackThis Category
    F0, F1, F2, F3 Entry
  • Note
    %System% is a variable that refers to the Windows System folder. By default this is C:\Windows\System for Windows 95/98/ME, C:\Winnt\System32 for Windows NT/2000, or C:\Windows\System32 for Windows XP/Vista/7.
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