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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
30647970ADBEECF6B402BC91CFABA41B0D5FAug 26, 2014
30649A5C2225E00F9409EE5CB3D0C044DB71Aug 30, 2014
3064D9BBFE46CD10E84DD176173BD434F4BDSep 11, 2014
30640269BABF7F3C79DCB4408ABF121A8598Sep 27, 2014
3050ACDAF41246B60DF31971FE1A91765EA4Oct 19, 2014
3064ACF70B48570D248379F4C74E8DE1EB4BOct 27, 2014
30506BB3B0423CA2904DADC627129A797CC1Oct 31, 2014
306471DA9008D451FF7AAD0DB48FC3798F16Nov 4, 2014
3064C469FC8F0DD2A114988BC7ED8B98676CNov 9, 2014
30624E328F368F5BF10076E1E819570FEFB6Nov 10, 2014
306441DA52C6A0871660C4E9A623DBF40F3DNov 10, 2014
3050E834407971FED9EC07D9AD823BF7DB31Nov 11, 2014
3064039257D767FF51F01406EBA5BE3E0CF8Dec 28, 2014
3056524A1B8E9FF350668416AC2A899092FFDec 30, 2014
3064909716B3671F21B86C12C32596E7AC69Feb 18, 2015
3064CC585216F83AA289438BECF2AC339F8CMar 26, 2015
3060F4AB2AAE89527AC88B5C0A0199C9C3E4Jul 9, 2015
3048703412FBD9439B8EEF55A49909338A72Sep 16, 2015
30627C9FC20305172926AC8A1B639FBFB6EAApr 6, 2016

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.