Is userinit.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of userinit.exe:









File purpose and description:

Userinit.exe is a program that most likely has been on your computer since the day you purchased it. Be sure to check the proper disk location for this file, which is shown below. Many spyware writers use the same names in attempts to fool you, so always verify the location of the file to be sure it is correct. Userinit is a system related module that has many important tasks. This program performs many system related functions, and it is required for a stable system. One of the main purposes of userinit.exe is to start the windows shell program, which is a critical piece of your Windows operating system. This program is considered safe and is not considered to be spyware, virus, or adware related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
userinit.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
You will find this at C:\WINDOWS\system32\Userinit.exe It may also be listed at C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, userinit.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of userinit.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!