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Thanks so much for your help. For now, this seemed to have solved the problem and found all the infected files. I'll keep you updated, as I know this virus can be very hard to kill.

Thanks a million.


File: dell.url

Location of dell.url and Associated Malware

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

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\computers\dell.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\computers\dell.url

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


Different Variations of dell.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
136CE5AF4FEAB69C20BCF03938E185E9B36Jun 13, 2010
1013E835F251FF47F66F21A108A0AFD5714Jun 21, 2010
755DDF56C17D3FD7BB60E4A6701ADA44AFNov 9, 2010
1023A21EDD7B9D4F6E7C38BBCE8DDBE91A8Dec 1, 2010
48A2A95D267818CF36F57261BACD08601FFeb 19, 2011
8198B67C5057F89AF8AD7544FF67A8EABFMar 31, 2011
2975D8635941ED04E0DCA2372E064DDE2F8Jul 28, 2011
4857F7F5FCF4C657C0B80A42C23750ACBF3Nov 10, 2011
283A36DED9D95121C55E32CADA524C2A3F4Nov 15, 2011
198B4F68C18E353387B1759F5D91E9A2827Mar 11, 2012
8975156C8F20CB31F66CB5D0516121C5E9Feb 8, 2013
18873207889EE83EA1E2466EEF80B4B0055Oct 12, 2013
1987B70E0F85697B7158C0644E4D627E38DAug 13, 2015
111AEFAA9D28C33A66E2A35D241AFAB697EOct 13, 2015
1090363E9A13CD9DD9841AD5C33157F3724Jul 18, 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 dell.url^

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

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