Exterminate It! Antimalware

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Known threats:6,393,916 Last Update:November 21, 14:34

Testimonials

Hi!
I just wanted to thank you. My computer was frozen last night thanks to an online Easter card that was sent to me via the funcards site. I couldn't do anything but open windows.
I tried to open the exterminate it program that I purchased last year but the funcards site was blocking it, too!
I decided to purchase a new year of service (knowing my current one is going to expire sometime this month). It took two hours of searching, but exterminate it fixed my computer last night.
I have no idea how you all do it, but I would be lost without your service.
Thank you!!!

Valerie

File: Antivirus.lnk

Location of Antivirus.lnk and Associated Malware

Check whether Antivirus.lnk is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific Antivirus.lnk file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus\Antivirus.lnk
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Antivirus.lnk
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Desktop\Antivirus.lnk
  • C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Desktop\Antivirus.lnk

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific Antivirus.lnk file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus\Antivirus.lnk
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Antivirus.lnk
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Desktop\Antivirus.lnk
  • C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Antivirus.lnk

If you find Antivirus.lnk file in any of these locations, your computer is very likely to be infected with the following malware:

IMPORTANT: Malware files can be camouflaged with the same file names as legitimate files. The Antivirus.lnk file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.

Notes:

Different Variations of Antivirus.lnk File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
5383A09F51200EBF8542F59E06D7C5F6384Mar 2, 2010
1876301F3E63C85C6628AABA016BA1433875Mar 31, 2010
36632C099B31DDAA12C6106814C9B0B3A5FApr 20, 2010
411F2748543E333DFDC24553CBB4713FF4BJun 12, 2010
829ED4E96078AA82032324B64F52110A0DDJun 28, 2010
9333A6E2857EF7CE5413039C4EEC3A40B8FJul 25, 2010
595AF394E15950C13C418D4EFC9313B7141Jul 29, 2010
628E084F01771A1C97AE5425C857231CBB0Jul 29, 2010
5959872C0B2B050DF92CAE9FF115A77A5D7Jul 30, 2010
595EAC2FE4B25B4FB00626955984D5A56F8Jul 30, 2010
6032359BED0C5AB5BC91F47B0A08FE6DFEBAug 1, 2010
717138165EEB3045BB0F41674D9B4E4F1C1Aug 1, 2010
6026A301BC44A4E75645060E220E3FA6FDAAug 2, 2010
59580DCCAA6B8F911A97EF42F27928C7545Aug 5, 2010
71195B8D4EB7FD1B5E96C53CD87209469C8Aug 6, 2010
5759D606D496B937AEFDF577AFEB44C8CE8Aug 6, 2010
5952F06960ACA16CCA6CE67E05521FDDEA0Aug 11, 2010
5095454AC5462A5B86A44137BFEB79F83CBAug 13, 2010
59508A7E578390A38F063A7BD46DAEBB5ABAug 13, 2010
631BB8BFD01CE2D6243162B54F6FE24FAF5Aug 14, 2010
595985F7A17DD53583682230776F1740A7AAug 19, 2010
709587A2BFF835389A483B5C4EBC43EE817Aug 20, 2010
595F94C6BEF4C78B4600847E5DF9F5C0BD5Aug 23, 2010
4274426C38B177998221FF78CA484646807Aug 23, 2010
595057B8496AEA433B6817B3F3864FE367BAug 27, 2010
72245787366C29C365C2AB43D66398EA8F9Aug 28, 2010
595BD09B8C8EC3C9E04F3C9E737B625986FSep 6, 2010
5957F0283D9371A52683FE390DA0D987AD2Sep 6, 2010
5958FDB3C53A15D0C3AC480DE258A55298CSep 10, 2010
602485A05F0ACA773FBEA14A9CEBDC2ED82Sep 10, 2010
728E3D08F4F473A08E124FD9F6AEC479576Sep 11, 2010
8315802EBD3E7AAB70BA4127B61550ABE52Sep 14, 2010
46333463C52872E232ABC19548767E64576Sep 16, 2010
886F109802FC32AB659E99A8905CA3F9923Sep 20, 2010
5957A9A2A2C2A18F8BB2A6A6FF6AAFCF85CSep 29, 2010
59529B9BCEA17AB75750F2EDA66CF63C7C6Oct 6, 2010
59581FD62D0E5F483C0AFF0765C980235ADOct 10, 2010
5959F84D1675E5FDC111E8DE117F93B1F68Oct 10, 2010
725B09BC02DCE5D9621406D343DE1A329B3Oct 12, 2010
595A78E2FC3F91CC37CF9329E81993B7E27Oct 13, 2010
59599E3C2FB770575EF172D7653D313E09COct 14, 2010
595F1B5658B790B89FAA497EFB4463C6F13Oct 15, 2010
599AD91D8287FF5CAD54D58BE9C715A7BA0Oct 16, 2010
5955480FEBD896D58E28DEDA07A829E8591Oct 16, 2010
6307E362CE3D6A5A9C89F38E7FBE1463E1COct 16, 2010
700643735D2D790CF17265000377BF01CE9Oct 18, 2010
63045F910F9B748CDB88C835075D014412COct 18, 2010
81201D7DE10A47E9606FB808BC2AB21EA20Oct 18, 2010
595148DA51B3D5125A6403D52DCB45F710BOct 19, 2010
732249493051323683EE9AC6536645B6C6COct 20, 2010
635898CF7B0760A97AA6157CB673E45E3F2Oct 20, 2010
595E72B45C13980B14C869B7723F7858C1EOct 21, 2010
600BB7022444A0BB5327253C346F5714354Oct 21, 2010
7847E09F1F112E6FDB491673CD35B480B5AOct 21, 2010
595871D6299F2230C496911574D515380F8Oct 21, 2010
595B29EDE476715EABAD9D1C5E9A5D2DC22Oct 23, 2010
59505D485EF94512DD65926A386928D140BOct 24, 2010
7173F80A236FE547D5C0727C0BE9C5269B3Oct 24, 2010
59553C2151DADB69C5052731F9C552FAE47Oct 24, 2010
5951C37011E955A41411FF03AB8BB3FBA39Oct 29, 2010
5951C3FAD640E5FD3536DE4544FD03FA70BNov 3, 2010
724C22F740F859A4E4CF851EED2AC627D19Nov 5, 2010
479A98886CDEC6451864F7F1298FFC5C9CCNov 6, 2010
597BC80698D81A820877ABCE9AB82AA93AFNov 10, 2010
57581E72FAD629C8DCEF0FA7636F6BAF13FNov 10, 2010
17728FA641497A0BD3A2519353FE1CF9E0BADec 18, 2010
7276CD881880E4853A7759AE0DB61916FC8Dec 28, 2010
834BE102C4106C527B8E8D02012F44C9875Dec 29, 2010
38633930FF8D1C8B2E0804F1EF741DDC30FJan 15, 2011
794099934FD38B8D1B0257F59CBB243FDFBJan 27, 2011
350F13D21B8ED9929FA8445C401ED8BA608Feb 21, 2011
1206EB42AAAE26D28869E4E001D4E2D5AAEBMar 9, 2011
70372973E5EB803AA16355A7D0F6727ACF2Mar 17, 2011
55215809EE2E3548A3E88CD0D5B90FE55A5Mar 19, 2011
14793DDEB80E47167A96ECCBBBF90B80D9AFMar 21, 2011
6150560563F29058C428411B43396CB9775Mar 24, 2011
724F25703D1F2D1EB285D027CEFF383945FApr 1, 2011
726E179098E049036777F491F113E99EDECApr 1, 2011
2090CB849D1DFBEE9AC98B64AD42B7CE61BCJul 25, 2011
947820F7FFB2272F1A69401CA6F39CE0070Aug 11, 2011
24003DC2A74F8BEB7957304C2984DB960474Oct 12, 2011
29691914183A8EE95985A611B99A55BDAD9Oct 19, 2011
95203D74328237D46674CCA04D82DD73CC2Oct 22, 2011
817156BDB399123BDB722200B23313F4178Oct 23, 2011
6199AC6108BFABE7A4BE63334E5DFA5AB63Oct 28, 2011
154628DFF92E88AAB6971D8AC10333B5CA95Dec 6, 2011
450BE938D217C07467D26F4AF31CA4D8820Dec 8, 2011
1868E6D63BE54140BA0159A1316DCCB73349Oct 11, 2010
661C12454355C3D956E76ABF18F3570A061Apr 13, 2010
1847BD091F3913BB3DA711E17DD586BB4276Apr 14, 2010
2361D998B3D1A904E58BF43CAADA5E3A1E51Apr 28, 2010
16716A1B6C83E1FD920A952C2A8E9F1635C5May 3, 2010
2016CBE938D5DB1F027DA6800E0E5E8CFE6DMay 28, 2010
1046035A76E25DECD64C0FCA994EB451158BJun 10, 2010
1709781F569E094CE3D2541FE40F9D5E8CECJun 22, 2010
1700C647178A4C74E40BA4C48C384821DD0CJun 23, 2010
191457C8F6C38411E9DACE3B1F8FB3E4A722Jul 8, 2010
19684A7B5207D0E3556DC138925EAC4B75A3Jul 8, 2010
17793B48CBD48F4BFFFCBE6A71D757CD88D5Oct 8, 2010
66076B2408D3B2CBE37C5B089B3787FEB27Oct 30, 2010
74123ECF8475F54CEA1F76B5BC2AC43E741Dec 14, 2010
16357C5C0B6C72D315C8AD634068719B15C5Dec 18, 2010
1711F58FE3498EAD7AAD090E3F3F72B2759BDec 30, 2010
1700EEFA59AA91EB93724E0632E88BA979B8Jan 4, 2011
1561AAF5D2CF504D9D729DB2C230CE12BD6CJan 13, 2011
67963E3F25BB49CD8EDC298CD59559DCA69Jan 24, 2011
146859A1581185C2E4A3EC58FDE0ECF9C97FMar 4, 2011
969CD15841EADF9C4FF83691FC74FBFF41EMar 9, 2011
1709483DF6F545EB785E3A50D6AC0EF08EADApr 4, 2011
170088C10557003A88FD4CCF5E16C42AD03CApr 19, 2011
11491D5AE2237B33508743C5A3B96EA627B4Jun 9, 2011
18437953BB46F2B850F979AD82F660B57D92Jun 28, 2011
201270F9A6D1FAF55FACA9EFFD76028C6074Jul 2, 2011
1671BDD36C58912EAB48A23FC01429828F34Jul 16, 2011
1867BC318309435FDBCC6B994AA5708A6215Oct 20, 2011
18411020B42E9E174F05C78C7C80CCF09BB9Oct 20, 2011
1689138F1BECF53FA0271060E225573740B6Nov 13, 2011
1689DEB6FC7052ADE6DF011301EC0A2A8EE1Jan 13, 2012
2052B7A1E29B5368C2AF8B30343D506CCDFBMar 29, 2012
1069069BE9EF65A49BF914F85FA55FE16849Apr 12, 2012
2747A60137DF01809B93DB9EF155D4BEED92May 3, 2012
1859FD75A48502323B0072480C8809356D42May 26, 2012
2016CD0F54F23E81AD5F8F8B1141E9F3D811Jul 30, 2012
205234E4BE8EEB79FAC52A7147E0EBE3FDFCSep 12, 2012
1841F749CF0581C97B21B335800EE1DF983CSep 15, 2012
42736C6FB30C2EE5B7951232A8F0AB8DD1ENov 17, 2012
2076CB98272ADF722B5D30F7AAC58C933CEEDec 7, 2012
75641967A4D6DB48B4D72FE6F9B0E83F8EAFeb 6, 2014
1102F4AEC11916FE0309C4CBE38C2004C1E9Nov 1, 2014
646E07029831DF94D632898273833EBB32BJul 29, 2010
613B3A7428065BEEA55D081C98B54D923FBJul 29, 2010
61378A87DF27696B804245BF72D14BC0E81Jul 30, 2010
613AA13FE118DAB2F9DAB56F11F618ECD9EJul 30, 2010
61301C9E72C52F6614F852866F7F554F96DJul 30, 2010
61392E6674F625F977E644063494BC91895Jul 31, 2010
613C5C024C6C64445D030508929F4E0C734Jul 31, 2010
768740EBE5C0EEFB1A279C1DA1458F4769DJul 31, 2010
621EFAD6F43BE9E93B0404152BE78A5F193Aug 1, 2010
741140094B93F936B3BFBB419FA569AF25CAug 1, 2010
613CBB0B8569759AC89B55B7007720E7A12Aug 1, 2010
6152B595B6C24E2642FC6A6223B62C3DF20Aug 2, 2010
62427BE70B99F4C24BA81CBA9BFFEF374A1Aug 2, 2010
6130DF6C729C0D60098ABD364B5FAF1F1A9Aug 2, 2010
613B67C00C9D8CF321F2CA772D3D0EC772FAug 5, 2010
593019E55DBA590C7D83D16AA68D7A1496BAug 6, 2010
69148FB07F11A512B1610E18E052DE5B8EDAug 6, 2010
779C20DDB344EEF4D004D8CD805D1BC7008Aug 6, 2010
61793B7612A26E6394ADC17CA2D4C6D64D3Aug 6, 2010
613FD10F00A826AA20FFA41604754CB9DFFAug 8, 2010
613320D3C9934FB71143E25E4129954D624Aug 8, 2010
6246486666F9030B3D9BB4186C2354DCEA5Aug 9, 2010
7153DC18B402262F95C61D8AC2CEB506AE7Aug 11, 2010
5632527A483276A81B533FE6F8E505DFD0DAug 11, 2010
763E8009108FB3A5397522196EC13558B4BAug 11, 2010
613B58C0573A0444B2914FAEAEE96422BCAAug 11, 2010
706303B94A4E487CEB4B83A5806E9F7E1DFAug 12, 2010
613D5F629D55930C487E1FE5CFB11EC1363Aug 13, 2010
64954C9715E5D89015E4332A8A4773FB7DCAug 14, 2010
712990B7E081838C69D6E10B383C2CD38D7Aug 15, 2010
800BFF6EB99C6D3530C79A121E1E7CDB992Aug 16, 2010
613E521E737774A6280378430F1517F9A37Aug 19, 2010
613B1DD757C41AEDF01079043706C451EB2Aug 19, 2010
68922B37620EC9794820E8E2BAD1EB7AC21Aug 20, 2010
613EFB0C30B9BF0887B0AFD9C9298445255Aug 20, 2010
685CED8320872839EB198FFA65D498470D5Aug 20, 2010
694951EC31D215AC65EDC2214126B811FF6Aug 22, 2010
6131608F7629ACA6CF44A83F3478BDB2593Aug 23, 2010
613F9B227A1EF7DFE8B56337AF6A21775EBAug 23, 2010
6136F8BB8AD0B9DD8C7156CE8E81CC4CD6FAug 24, 2010
6224755174E6A1C8AF9322C2344FB7258F8Aug 25, 2010
61307851063DF6FF0D6D77BF81C7A981D33Aug 27, 2010
533A253FC077CF94885A7624C75B88EC8A6Aug 28, 2010
70224B867386ED1FE806672B8F2FF160E20Aug 28, 2010
70162163D88A7622403A2E52AA41ABB351BAug 29, 2010
613653FAB3180422102490D534CB3B51541Sep 8, 2010
6204BDC8923B7709DBF97F459B293CF03F8Sep 10, 2010
898FFCA86BE9CE8EE3D3B5AF59BAFC2F75BSep 10, 2010
613836133F67EE7A3EB548547DA61C38C92Sep 10, 2010
6131AD256EEB1B6F0B2F70F2570210EDC65Sep 11, 2010
61309C1FFF47C2AE071D17DCE8525E39885Sep 13, 2010
717CE412EE3663D3708C22746F242D35415Sep 13, 2010
6134D5A9F443486BBD6B142975A3D656663Sep 13, 2010
425B75E2CD125D748DF097AAB79CEE29225Sep 14, 2010
6795B84DF43C0509FED0B266E96456D6D95Sep 16, 2010
8248C3430C28CB2787FA935A8341B1EE34DSep 16, 2010
445A7885FE6A650B6EB63F597EC3B102F7FSep 20, 2010
8666EFFAC6FFAB8F66F1C3F1A94DCAF16C2Sep 20, 2010
6538754BAABC583A3297E6698FDC0F1878FSep 26, 2010
70381EF332C20DE6F19C81D182A0E4771C2Sep 27, 2010
708EAFBAE9984486F77C6BDCD0369F3A8EFSep 28, 2010
619B5BEC32E1C8FFDBD595FD7BAFB03BA54Oct 3, 2010
7133120BB1481AF14180882F4D961E2846FOct 4, 2010
902C817318497503FFCB65532D2F5FA9BADOct 4, 2010
613667C6356387E15EB9FC7AFF21385C61EOct 6, 2010
613191FDDF7A69AD6011098FA1EB7E8EF51Oct 6, 2010
6130AB4FCE6AAD5BAA1B9503534BAA5567COct 6, 2010
613C833331DD46E1A56CE53291BE81BFF27Oct 10, 2010
1834C0F596FAD504F25D2A9E2A9284F9F9F3Oct 11, 2010
6137D73E72596847876E44CB9FBB8749B4FOct 11, 2010
593058DFFD124B241B2741C89F472182000Oct 11, 2010
858AACADE72DA79C4520015D295A9A3636BOct 13, 2010
61348767B499B380129F2E00815CEC0C914Oct 13, 2010
619F568119511C992D379657A3C0E5EA689Oct 13, 2010
6137FE62F1A95861407322D6F09305A4408Oct 13, 2010
613B3C1D1D29296DB7039E26EBBBC251D63Oct 14, 2010
613B5B9ADD14B4D0A0C25C6378DEA012447Oct 15, 2010
1852F9C7CAED604C47A256B96474F9568F8EOct 15, 2010
613E3C97605A04D84A25D0B530EB28381CDOct 15, 2010
6132B56071C3620A029AA59D8F1DEB3B426Oct 16, 2010
648E05D927071B4312B1A9C3A71FF498D6COct 16, 2010
617F00D0E5FB6B60ACBA3E45FBBD471CEB9Oct 16, 2010
902D6AE5F11E6FA95657D787E2AF7402E7DOct 16, 2010
6138103EF6F41B90CB209CBED104869A24COct 17, 2010
648823882B887D00E8C8723485EE3EA1F49Oct 18, 2010
790C91230F91079E6DDA08EE269CC7BD900Oct 18, 2010
7245FFFDAD1ED49757DCCE045D8629964DFOct 18, 2010
703B552FB7FEBD92D343DA69C98913C1233Oct 18, 2010
61342638549C05DEF95724B328DF108063FOct 19, 2010
613F294707B0F7F645791BFFE6A06DCE56DOct 19, 2010
613B45BF0E995DB7EE0BC398D4F3C4E24B7Oct 19, 2010
65368644262B58B04B649460FE33FC39ECAOct 20, 2010
613C19E65835EC40A60BFA566549ACF8DC9Oct 20, 2010
613B8B6B8EA44C53D22C14DA45D5937B7E5Oct 20, 2010
712BEF8A184F83563AE1B2C5DFD85EB9C9FOct 20, 2010
6488E54B4C5B0B5D6185D98DE71E295147COct 21, 2010
6218B2D7E1399B10EA7EC8742560DF732E8Oct 21, 2010
7430E6C5FEA052FA29D7B423CE86C2EC258Oct 21, 2010
61321F1113954F6BFAC7CDC49ECDB9A8F8AOct 21, 2010
613A71BC3B1FBFA06B79400EE66080283FCOct 21, 2010
613B412D47CA5D46CF8A7FA21A11327AF56Oct 21, 2010
61833FA09192C7CB11CADAF6B9A4649B8E1Oct 21, 2010
772318D12867A8A53FD0D197060E5A70110Oct 21, 2010
62990E749D3965C69EAE0B20B132570A892Oct 21, 2010
593B19C4EBE44E1D294723677A32086B02AOct 22, 2010
613C7C98BE94AAE46963E60DBB007EE47DEOct 23, 2010
741C3597F58F8878F2307219DBCB67A67B1Oct 24, 2010
613DBFCBEB6B8F1F340D66A765FDCC8160EOct 24, 2010
7060C65228B676E55A92844FBB7D47593E6Oct 26, 2010
806F87AB385D58A984A249D4609AFF61DD8Oct 27, 2010
700B711CCCE76F8ADDF64C7F82824351A9BOct 29, 2010
613B5EEB0E3085E890D2065965AA0A9EA81Oct 29, 2010
6501BDD03F67F448D02EE5E6ACBBC3D8803Nov 2, 2010
61397CC2E2C18C4A9E62DD1CC2F0C7FEC00Nov 3, 2010
70459E5D636C0C33E887D714D9F7912E7F6Nov 3, 2010
6135A9BBE1AB94657538E74060CCCC6166FNov 3, 2010
6132E65825016E254FDC7CD3BC76DB19205Nov 3, 2010
613F4A84078C58DC934C241B915F592C57ANov 4, 2010
743014D86C4226399150407C455A9372AA9Nov 4, 2010
704831E283063A2D8B775466B5069081DA3Nov 5, 2010
497E337A5EFFC25683F917683540E343733Nov 6, 2010
6152F045C83D5A7AFD11C9D97DEA6FEF86CNov 10, 2010
5932DB707931DF5A5D77DFEEDA95178F501Nov 10, 2010
52155CE9E8E73B78DD91D355C1B8936B75ENov 21, 2010
703EFDE33BF60E6DAB79042AE90D035FA29Nov 26, 2010
593382D51462A21747EA7E8A0751B5F437EDec 4, 2010
94998188154F8468CE453A053E5ACD681ECDec 21, 2010
73956AB97B28D8F919BEF902710DC2A94A7Dec 21, 2010
8148292107032EA068028614612432765F2Dec 29, 2010
740A2044031AC60B73B010E553F742FDF3EJan 9, 2011
86260AC5356DABD8DB9284B8107D31BEAD5Jan 22, 2011
795C7899B1EF53D8FBA13D638321D73675CJan 26, 2011
6137DC74852DAC481E329F199C3C0940C65Jan 29, 2011
76866A5BDB6C2B468C3085BEDFFBFE4E98DFeb 6, 2011
796F949F1A298A6DA9BB57403901332ED8EFeb 20, 2011
8215D689705C81D59AFB3C464766A2DA0CAMar 2, 2011
8049CB8C166347A4685B0BDCBC994EE4DFBMar 19, 2011
79833C9FD1052306BAD7BFF696D737DBE1FMar 22, 2011
7069C81790D14D2D9915ACDE1645F266E7DApr 1, 2011
7042FEBDAD23FEE0E33B1E1DBC00C760D65Apr 1, 2011
6134D8050BA09F2C0138F0F11692B6B5316May 2, 2011
709EB833AF3ED0D5A80EF261F072C586AA0May 4, 2011
481238524FEED0E9125C3287D5AE161047EMay 18, 2011
617D73ABC8D213FCF44916120058F6F1034Jun 18, 2011
759B20583FED88CAB9B737AB8B97B29CE42Jul 8, 2011
7034C3B0281EA859099F8F35A42CC966C20Aug 5, 2011
932DD75B5F482BBC33CC465151114BF4CD7Oct 27, 2011
613D89188F26DA18D132104BFDBF780879CNov 14, 2011
936886E720B38F607C8CF5E9D936EAC5F5EFeb 6, 2012
864F3737ED1E2260CDF6EBDC9426E4FF006Mar 9, 2012
8040981C0CDA5A5DC49F5DA7B199086D153Aug 6, 2012
7065B8EEB4D32752802F7811448F6F18F0FSep 12, 2012
1077DFA154D13D15EB8979CDA67E49E98C76Sep 21, 2012
10453B70C28B57545A9C4E456BD41EA3130EOct 2, 2012
10539CB375442AAE57B027B85F043946EC22Nov 22, 2013
728DCB9D1ABE8B7D13F98AFEB63B4523A8BDec 11, 2013
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Why Is It Important to Remove Malware Files?^

It is imperative that you delete malware-associated files as soon as possible because they can be used - or are already being used - to inflict serious damage on your PC, including:

  • Disrupting the normal functioning of the operating system or rendering it completely useless.
  • Hijacking valuable private information (credit card numbers, passwords, PIN codes, etc.)
  • Directing all your Web searches to the same unwanted or malicious sites.
  • Dramatically slowing down your computer.
  • Gaining total control of your PC to spread viruses and trojans and send out spam.

How to Remove Antivirus.lnk^

  1. To enable deleting the Antivirus.lnk file, terminate the associated process in the Task Manager as follows:
    • Right-click in the Windows taskbar (a bar that appears along the bottom of the Windows screen) and select Task Manager on the menu.
    • In the Tasks Manager window, click the Processes tab.
    • On the Processes tab, select Antivirus.lnk and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of Antivirus.lnk and Associated Malware.
  3. Select the file and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each location listed in Location of Antivirus.lnk and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of Antivirus.lnk will fail if it is locked; that is, it is in use by some application (Windows will display a corresponding message). For instructions on deleting locked files, see Deleting Locked Files.
    • The deletion of Antivirus.lnk will fail if your Windows uses the NT File System (NTFS) and you have no write rights for the file. Request your system administrator to grant you write rights for the file.

Deleting Locked Files^

You can delete locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.

After you delete a locked file, you need to delete all the references to the file in Windows registry.

To delete a locked file:

  1. Right-click on the file and select Send To -> Remove on Next Reboot on the menu.
  2. Restart your computer.

The file will be deleted on restart.

Note: In the case of complex viruses that can replicate themselves, malware files can reappear in the same locations even after you have deleted those files and restarted your computer. Exterminate It! Antimalware can effectively eradicate such viruses from your computer.

To remove all registry references to a Antivirus.lnk malware file:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK. The Registry Editor window opens.
  3. On the Edit menu, select Find.
  4. In the Find dialog box, type Antivirus.lnk. The name of the first found registry value referencing Antivirus.lnk is highlighted in the right pane of the Registry Editor window.
  5. Right-click the registry value name and select Delete on the menu.
  6. Click Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.
  7. To delete all other references to Antivirus.lnk, repeat steps 4-6.
IMPORTANT: Malware files can masquerade as legitimate files by using the same file names. To avoid deleting a harmless file, ensure that the Value column for the registry value displays exactly one of the paths listed in Location of Antivirus.lnk and Associated Malware.