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Windows cannot find logon.exe – Fixing Manual

November 30th, 2009

Windows cannot find logon.exe Error

When Windows cannot find logon.exe you can see the particular error message:

“Windows cannot find ‘logon.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button and click Search.”

windows cannot find logon.exe error

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This can happen on the computer startup. If Windows cannot find logon.exe error shows up so it is very obvious that there are some other attendant problems, for example you cannot use your Internet Connection, or your user settings are not going to load. Sometimes it is impossible to open some programs, usually exactly those that are related to security of the computer, for example McAfee Security Center and even System Restore.

It can happen also that it is impossible to install and uninstall programs or even copy and paste files and folders. This problem is a very annoying one and if you are not going to eliminate it, so be ready to bear this and some other unexplained conjury on your computer.

Most likely logon.exe is not a Windows System File but a viral one that changed the System Registry. This virus was created to put its files into Autorun entries and because of them you can see the error message. Sometimes this virus uses explorer.exe and shows you some pop-ups advertisement windows (mainly in Chinese).

In order to eliminate this problem you should remove all files of logon.exe from the Startup and from the Windows Registry. After that you should check your computer for viruses and other malware with the help of new updated antivirus. Firstly we are going to explain how to remove it from the Startup:

1. Open the Command Prompt (Windows+R)
2. Type msconfig and press enter on your keyboard.
3. Open the Startup tab, find logon.exe and remove it.
4. Reboot your computer.

Then you should fix this problem in the System registry:

1. Do a backup copy of it.
2. Open the registry editor: type in the Command prompt “regedit” and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Winlogon
3. Double click Shell
4. If you see “Explorer.exe” and then “Logon.exe,” delete the “Logon.exe” part only, and then click OK.
5. Close the System Registry and reboot you computer.

After that all the problems can be solved but still just in case scan your computer for viruses. If you don’t have any good anti-virus, then download it, install and of course don’t forget to update it. Don’t delay it, because malware can return to your computer again and cause some more harmful problems on your computer.