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File: Apps Hat Mini-updater.job

Location of Apps Hat Mini-updater.job and Associated Malware

Check whether Apps Hat Mini-updater.job is present in the following locations:

Apps Hat Mini-updater.job file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\Tasks\Apps Hat Mini-updater.job

If you find Apps Hat Mini-updater.job 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of Apps Hat Mini-updater.job File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
154087FBD501B1F28CAD4661DFCDFDF99948Feb 22, 2014
15428262A2913F72F0D806A8E070DD9747FEMar 1, 2014
15846AE1C010ECD3C47772A79BA5A03078E9Apr 2, 2014
1524A89C0B4715881776D98EA879947126E0Apr 9, 2014
1524BE9216475BA5BF65EB30BB6BD51C3110Apr 16, 2014
1542753E6F86F44818693439B02264DDE6F1Apr 21, 2014
15763AD24732DBE534DA1A626EDDC0FCB4C2Aug 5, 2014
15321B33BCF159A71A333886EAC5785A5B61Sep 22, 2014
1550EEB0F3609E99E68D1AA56E503D0A494BOct 28, 2014
238413CF1B520A2599AB3CA89202B7F3B249Dec 4, 2014
15287A48E4F47A95C834CA90C06E957B9287Apr 8, 2015
15444AE5C560DF1380C53C40C2814C050FC4Oct 28, 2015
153207D25BB215376E734A8E0489F1C6D9EFDec 8, 2015
23825A6E381A140ED44892066A3D314F3F34Feb 2, 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job^

  1. To enable deleting the Apps Hat Mini-updater.job 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of Apps Hat Mini-updater.job 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of Apps Hat Mini-updater.job 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job. The name of the first found registry value referencing Apps Hat Mini-updater.job 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job, 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 Apps Hat Mini-updater.job and Associated Malware.