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File: Advanced System Protector

Location of Advanced System Protector and Associated Malware

Check whether Advanced System Protector is present in the following locations:

Advanced System Protector file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Advanced System Protector

If you find Advanced System Protector 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 Advanced System Protector file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of Advanced System Protector File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3302311149B3C7B444EF41CEF6E6F62BEA1DJul 23, 2015
32968A68248093DD00B5BBEB8BDCA4931F37Sep 24, 2015
3316A234001E81ADC509D32DA3E312A265DBOct 6, 2015
3308D407A9D56B0CB64BD5C86BC7E14F224DOct 10, 2015
3412E155D5A1FB65268E6F2085CF08013A94Nov 23, 2015
3308C5EC447B1DDEFF4A18389A9EF3CDD7D0May 11, 2016
33289D22A3BF54F0DEE48F22772E6BE0812CJun 18, 2016
34246252FA6E29AAC16FC6A3B2B1D2624C1CJul 8, 2016
3304980FD313F44070FE9A551C8817A50AA6Aug 24, 2016
3302922A92B7AC00604FE1BAC0B952AA9C63Sep 16, 2016
33046A8BF0BA81F94CE0BAA4D94581341ECAOct 10, 2016
33086406E4E93DDB2C41C10FA73029BAB90CNov 12, 2016
33029AC6816DFDB88DCEB38BCEF651430739Dec 5, 2016
33424660FDF5629B14825BC28A723118F06CDec 18, 2016
3314DAF44B09CB0598F68305E43121C4E686Jan 2, 2017
3284A7CA0F0697CAF987F375A83B003350ABJan 28, 2017

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 Advanced System Protector^

  1. To enable deleting the Advanced System Protector 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 Advanced System Protector and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of Advanced System Protector 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 Advanced System Protector and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of Advanced System Protector 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 Advanced System Protector 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 Advanced System Protector 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 Advanced System Protector. The name of the first found registry value referencing Advanced System Protector 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 Advanced System Protector, 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 Advanced System Protector and Associated Malware.