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File: basketball.url

Location of basketball.url and Associated Malware

Check whether basketball.url is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific basketball.url file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\sports\basketball.url

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific basketball.url file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\sports\basketball.url

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


Different Variations of basketball.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
142B4182D7D70892888C3FA8D5A0D06BDFDJun 13, 2010
238CB91735D6747F44F06A3E20EB9256AE0Nov 3, 2010
83AD1846580388511FFE455B1E4E47E98CDec 24, 2010
1141F01890D5878D84CAAF8EC004C870A12May 17, 2011
114C1717BC47833FF4E6C1BA5D4A71C9B6DSep 20, 2012
1086F8668AF5D38F4E149BD7651E3EAB078Nov 17, 2012
148B3F49059DCA1601B03F4148D720C7053Jan 12, 2013
1594687AC38734F21B10C876F1D2032E00BJul 5, 2013
224E566CE988766709D12237700F8B22B7BJan 13, 2010
1749AB9063E2A36B6AC3383BEC4ED3CE047Mar 25, 2010

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 basketball.url^

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

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