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Is this a false positive userinit.exe


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We are not aware of this false positive. Can you post the malwarebytes log please? Also, what was the detection?


Edited to add, userinit.exe is whitelisted, so it's most probably a userinit.exe file not located in system32 folder, a malicious file, but using userinit.exe as a name (as we see this all the time)

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Hi, please see below, its being detected as Trojan.agent






<windows>Windows 7 Service Pack 1</windows>



<msie>Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.19377</msie>



<date>Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:05:03 GMT</date>

<log>mbam-log-2019-07-04 (12-05-03).xml</log>
















<path>HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon</path>















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That's the valuedata under the winlogon key, we target when the default data userinit.exe isn't properly set, but hijacked.

However, given you run a way out of dated version of Malwarebytes here (, please update malwarebytes to the latest version: https://www.malwarebytes.com/premium/, run a scan again and post the new malwarebytes log here, as that might show a lot more info.

Additionally, real old versions of Malwarebytes are less stable than recent versions, plus, detection rate is 50% less than current Malwarebytes versions. Hence why updating is recommended, as you aren't protected from latest threats anyway with this real old version you are having.

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Can you post the malwarebytes log please? Please post the log from latest version of malwarebytes.

It might be a valid detection though, where malware adjusted the Winlogon|Userinit valuedata, so when we detect, we replace it again with the correct data.

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Same here on one of my machines. Running Win7 on both. One computer is clean but the other reports a TrojanAgent in the userinit.exe found in the C:\\WINDOWS\SYSWOW64 directory.

I'm running latest Premium version of Malwarebytes with latest virusdefinitions.

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Yes, we found the culprit. Just unquarantine again and wait until next database update.

@Mikebob, can you post the malwarebytes detection log please, where it shows the C:\WINDOWS\SYSWOW64\IMAGERES.DLL

Because it really helps us faster with logs. Thx!

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