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File: Advanced System~Protector_startup

Location of Advanced System~Protector_startup and Associated Malware

Check whether Advanced System~Protector_startup is present in the following locations:

Advanced System~Protector_startup file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Advanced System~Protector_startup

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


Different Variations of Advanced System~Protector_startup File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3064DAD93790CFD9174BBF30D1E3D5E07C47Nov 28, 2015
32083F9984CF95895E8FCC3562AD0998116CNov 29, 2015
3064BEB101A52D88DA0E4C136586B6F2E6B6Dec 9, 2015
30640A61A401E1ED02F399ED4B226C6065A5Dec 12, 2015
3064BE9D259BD44844B121C830B48859D8E9Dec 17, 2015
3064F984B3A1A36B9197E5F2C8A059C9ABADDec 30, 2015
3208CCC3DFB0E0AED7682C656C6F3D92ED17Dec 31, 2015
30646E82C2E4225DA2E73D7F66207479BA1ADec 31, 2015
30643C2EC15EBB48C6D7ADA17F004D29A75AJan 4, 2016
3064FAE72C957875DD32001C9CA58531609BFeb 10, 2016
30642FC533B9DE2F7F8B378E9233F5BE3419Feb 16, 2016
3064B86936FDF83670D850967610C8C79E8BApr 5, 2016
3064C583E2868283A36F680404CC610BCC8EMay 25, 2016
3062055B70042AD36E73E05B430791B75DD0Jun 18, 2016
3208B56AD39312C89DB6F5D384D4A0E35944Jul 6, 2016
306406823E952714A11618AD6337F18779B7Jul 12, 2016
306439CCA935BD51F8591FB2D65B24FD931AAug 13, 2016
3064BF2C2B41C4FF38CA035A317C95B67B7DSep 12, 2016
30644244846C67239BBA28B29E5787489C87Oct 9, 2016
3064FB0634F029E934D1DE5837ECE24F6114Nov 16, 2016
3064A5815C31A5DB8DF1822C76DC5842182CJan 10, 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_startup^

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

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