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File: DistromaticSearchProtect-logon

Location of DistromaticSearchProtect-logon and Associated Malware

Check whether DistromaticSearchProtect-logon is present in the following locations:

DistromaticSearchProtect-logon file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\DistromaticSearchProtect-logon

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


Different Variations of DistromaticSearchProtect-logon File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
4060025F23ABD9357D0A7E35F87512893483Aug 14, 2016
407800BD47B5FDC1E3A6AA29F2CDBB1C14D5Aug 15, 2016
41503B4FBB5BC8CF4CD62441F8B77AEA0234Aug 26, 2016
41521DC08A16A2282AB0F8B77BB019396845Sep 1, 2016
4154AAECD0561D62D58E49F1CD2A0A72C2FCSep 3, 2016
4068F7E938519B36355FD2D6F1B27C412BC6Sep 10, 2016
32362CBE5DFA68A19A2B87EBBA555B2274AASep 23, 2016
405668670BA0ED288DD668BEC9E83BBB90BFSep 24, 2016
41541BFECDC1E306C31696D482307D0E97FESep 28, 2016
4152C90E97B370F77A78710740F7EFB07CA4Oct 16, 2016
40562F868D82A04939BB26A2DB9C16C3C53DOct 24, 2016
4074C8E759702BF0374D25BF88825C5930B5Oct 27, 2016
32326FB7F5D888E7641A5336925927BBD864Nov 11, 2016
4056DA0A42E434AA5EEC8A5BFFA90122F3A7Nov 18, 2016
4044618EB406D65AF404DC09DA1227B24408Dec 3, 2016
40562A93F354026F0E28718D90866F16945EDec 4, 2016
3292AB2A5E245FBE3BCB640043088A01E147Dec 14, 2016
4076913AF123BD7791F93A6DDE2F42239136Jan 6, 2017
40761F4B77C5E5EC5A57B34A4094D31E6178Jan 9, 2017
4144999D300A8370F61CADFFD17203C1B1B8Feb 4, 2017
4068FB0596B91598D2019DE23E998B0D381AMar 8, 2017
40582B334B4E7C4DC9A91BC356D33FD61981Mar 16, 2017
406403A0E3971AA1AD963E2D558407889F23Mar 20, 2017
3352A45A81E0F36F892273E9A95DA49A5974Apr 24, 2017
3338BABB60C06E725AF4D6DD193A7BEBF809May 12, 2017
40669F8077CACF3A130D4F463C327AF0C883May 15, 2017
3772121317081F36C3217C426AF1855B21C2Jun 6, 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 DistromaticSearchProtect-logon^

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

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