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File: Astromenda

Location of Astromenda and Associated Malware

Check whether Astromenda is present in the following locations:

Astromenda file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Astromenda

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


Different Variations of Astromenda File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3232201E8A292C545E8F6443ECF2E20F8510Aug 8, 2014
32908F8C94623748A91F15016F2969A75D58Aug 21, 2014
3212AD6E4446B3E3D742D3DF1A41DCB5B4B8Aug 25, 2014
3240ADD5D4671D288EF991B2B958347FAD76Sep 18, 2014
3288DA413ACE9B866230ADF9CE03EF6F2084Oct 10, 2014
3220A66D074B46E76E21516AF271EAE2D77AOct 15, 2014
3232265C511BF84C673C6EC42A77FA96DA44Mar 6, 2015
3224D957A59D2113DCA6F7EDF415AA85EF51May 30, 2016
32345A4245F33EDACF150AF518FFF26CE56CJul 20, 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 Astromenda^

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

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