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File: aliases.ini

Location of aliases.ini and Associated Malware

Check whether aliases.ini is present in the following locations:

aliases.ini file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\aliases.ini

If you find aliases.ini 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 aliases.ini file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of aliases.ini File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
6358377C1A33A412BCCF76DBA5295B16EEFeb 18, 2010
37D16A22100F4632D98BE44DA2E2A6E5E0Jun 7, 2010
4099BBE65DB48C2E562C2213AB47B4B0C8Jul 15, 2010
76192300B925A7D34F3DBD268E71E02A5EAug 6, 2010
49AC498C3378C68283CAD8E85C6A6EC6F5Aug 7, 2010
83CF95B470030FEC3C05993DEFA0ABA8C7Nov 19, 2010
4624B57C1C3E88CCFCC148519D91667603Dec 20, 2010
3034F213D44ADBB4AB969BCA8F26CC832DFeb 25, 2011
112218DF9CDFFC814A3DC25C81DD8619DDDec 16, 2011
21B256420BA8A70D23EFF3BEA3217179F8Jul 8, 2013

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 aliases.ini^

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

    • The deletion of aliases.ini 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 aliases.ini 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 aliases.ini 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 aliases.ini. The name of the first found registry value referencing aliases.ini 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 aliases.ini, 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 aliases.ini and Associated Malware.