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File: Booking_helper

Location of Booking_helper and Associated Malware

Check whether Booking_helper is present in the following locations:

Booking_helper file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Booking_helper

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


Different Variations of Booking_helper File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
31704FF5A23A216391F51DB0DC3BE432108AJul 29, 2016
318229484E92DF34E62CB7D73830A03E7841Aug 11, 2016
318844CE357BFD3704470588B62E4D27679BSep 17, 2016
320674C76CE0E6E75725ED193B4D47C0EC97Nov 16, 2016
3170E87B5B2DC8D69058E74D6CD1549E65B8Nov 23, 2016
319271D017619EBA999A0A1C63BF774CAF56Nov 30, 2016
3200C11E5D0D5E2B47DF3A0C8D042B4FC933Jan 6, 2017
3190FE4979CE558DFB9014937CD2E1C96436Feb 10, 2017
3176F5BEBD7F70C26062CD9CB021A3C99B24Feb 20, 2017

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 Booking_helper^

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

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