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File: bench-sys

Location of bench-sys and Associated Malware

Check whether bench-sys is present in the following locations:

bench-sys file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\bench-sys

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


Different Variations of bench-sys File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
322696E68D5FB7AE4F20F8037141B41487C8Jun 25, 2014
32465033AA9F45D2659EADEBB5C6F86D8FF4Jun 30, 2014
322829BFBF59F5336A55D5BCA6B59F2ADC15Jul 3, 2014
323036098036D5FB83CF4B3984BF52B0AF81Jul 11, 2014
3224EFCF223688F726ECE242AA412E85793DJul 12, 2014
32346691973F9DB7581D68DDEA9AB54C1813Jul 17, 2014
323479AEACC7BA035BD550BBE43B1FE35087Aug 5, 2014
3222C11A6EF1CDDAE7DA8F49028B3FBA8E13Aug 18, 2014
322018612A49DC3C9E9676CE778A99C5F032Sep 2, 2014
32220E7A3D581A300C52FC8891BA8FF25DD6Sep 7, 2014
3230F5A5D8E36DA3B9C8B8757FF2DD73FBF8Sep 22, 2014
3226EE1B6A6C1AD3FD26295BADDB39D1BFABOct 18, 2014
322456EA5850B810756576FC7CD9D46F3312Oct 26, 2014
3212FC440BDA329039D07D1D2029E1DFC3E9Nov 1, 2014
32282EF30F3764C5F2FADA4C2CB8BF20A703Nov 2, 2014
3246D82377AE81FAA7B140C5EA35FA769B51Nov 7, 2014
3228A17B671376D00404CC206D68FC0C2104Dec 20, 2014
3234E1DB44B2A3904CF3AFCF63BC35470F38Feb 4, 2015
3232AC3B78F59166C41ABF76C374C78B2D2CFeb 19, 2015
3230962A0E195AB9C0F8181B9E256BB440DCJul 20, 2015
3232FA4C101C26366ED57831EC7B05D5E33CAug 15, 2015
323072FBDAC98574C5F87D324E0EBD9352CFSep 16, 2015
32283AF1F593C061C0FE6225B6D7E2F365F4Oct 31, 2015
32308E6E9535FC4D118BCD41179A19A6D071Dec 14, 2015
3226F11919B2B201C2091DC9FE08AB0923A7Mar 12, 2016
322654134A7487C36F587FC467E5FDD87702May 21, 2016
27640CF2777B179E5E8902EB4788E4051F29Sep 18, 2016
32263EF46767BC77B91A5BBFC26FA356B955Sep 24, 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 bench-sys^

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

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