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File: data.sec

Location of data.sec and Associated Malware

Check whether data.sec is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific data.sec file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\data.sec

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific data.sec file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\data.sec

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


Different Variations of data.sec File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
1802EEDF0DDD3026D4FC48E18A75DB0E2028Feb 4, 2014
20100C8057202FAC2CD519EA1A90F121DF4BFeb 9, 2014
1832B041583BC100F6733B02EC9FCAE0843EFeb 9, 2014
15817862807D3F2734E3BC73D8E1E64C1A99Feb 10, 2014
234583A2D21F9136DE059A0580C0F8A68EE0Feb 11, 2014
18856D329B822761CA8DCCBF4672C7A95F3BFeb 11, 2014
1924F343D88FAFD4FE8AE2CD0C2927830FCEFeb 17, 2014
2742EC90DDDBDDF6E0BFF4A868FA72AA99F1Feb 17, 2014
4839E8A32873BA15368020E672FCE833BF50Feb 22, 2014
1755A71A145E6B9680A5867E00CFE272A3DEFeb 27, 2014
44610A193E170487C232DD5F6EBA371382C2Apr 4, 2014
428911F85433847016D05BEF5DF73563A54FApr 6, 2014
3669D634E1610A023AF2A6C8DB686C899295Apr 23, 2014
2242B039BB4F5F58ECF31C8B676E8F4B7480May 3, 2014
3299E5641577F37F44C81D4B562B33252F1CMay 4, 2014
313447B6D2D71E6E09BA7CF20F9901755610May 6, 2014
3576C99D318A472905ACAA9C4A7B0690C141May 8, 2014
2151725A64248E7992F08D126D8A32343658May 9, 2014
1919BB841A4F1585E0EAF3EF81C3F64C2D86May 13, 2014
2429709FF6184FC4DA63B658FBEE89EB9A2AJun 12, 2014
22350DED7FE1EBF2C85C13759DE1DEFFA6A7Jun 26, 2014
2063A60A29275183C2BAEB4A62CCCD031315Jul 11, 2014
2038F44950913513EBF711F9C8E42C679E69Jul 18, 2014
3941CF533CCE5A53D1708B76E30C472DA4A7Aug 4, 2014
19166978DC0AD49761140869D969FB181C63Aug 10, 2014
31912EF7604F0D7035F0D031D07AB48B7B58Sep 1, 2014
233597AFA19ADB073D2950B7C88F08325E20Sep 2, 2014
2060F2948BF79B200415DD12879AE4B9BCC0Oct 12, 2014
22527BA8451400A621C78D4F917D20F0D33COct 17, 2014
2350FB4979867C65A7B84C34BDD8B523526ANov 4, 2014
21113709DD00FBB986AAD4E493CFD9307818Nov 10, 2014
359EF188DDBCD0D05995DFB3ADF4D10479Nov 12, 2014
25122079DAC26A81B106C7496DFF31DAB954Dec 21, 2014
2249DF1955E7B16F7F2E3134ECFFA3C3AA80Jan 16, 2015
146820F9818EC0544590C8D4910B622A5D8FApr 9, 2015
1982E5DED82AFACE46FAC1231B62C2477AC2Apr 24, 2015
175548203F635995C489D493D72BB546F5DEJul 18, 2015
1940C07495CB8AE12AF6A7E917A9FE485A9DSep 4, 2015
22607C94E5209AF356F22ACAA130D748B5EASep 7, 2015
23649A072543FFF7D7B96B901BB173FE5D32Oct 27, 2015
46710A5C462A1A7D62DC908D686134D19C6ANov 22, 2015
1827016CE78A4240C75064C6120D700CAD4BApr 18, 2016
3926EE3AC5B66B3882E77E5FC8055E8E532FMay 2, 2017
4198E98D4398144FC8C016CACA56497578E1Jun 7, 2017
2051189DA5D85B43EC339B8AED90403BB616Nov 21, 2015

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 data.sec^

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

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