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I've been having more than one instance of winlogon.exe recently, am I infected?

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Hey there, so a few days ago, I noticed I have maybe 7 or 8 instances of winlogon.exe in task manager. I did a full kaspersky and malwarebytes scan but nothing bad was detected. So I then restarted my computer and upon doing so I noticed that the other winlogons had gone and I was left with just one (yet again). Anyway I booted into safe mode after that and did a system restore to about a week back.


I suspected this solved the problem but when I checked task manager a few hours ago, there were two instances of winlogon.exe. It had always been to my knowledge that if you had more than one winlogon.exe in task manager then you have a keylogger. Although I am an extremely vigilant and paranoid internet user and I never click any dodgy links and pay for all my services and softwares. Anyway, when I went to the properties of these two winlogon.exe's they were both pretty much the same and were both the same file size and were both kept in the same location (system 32).


So that's pretty much the gist of it, and now I'm worried I may be infected. I suppose to add to what I've already said, I'd say that this is also just my laptop I'm using and I am the only user there has ever been on this laptop. It's just weird that the amount of winlogon.exe's have appeared to vary gradually these past few days.


I'd greatly appreciate some help on this


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