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File: DistromaticUpdater-periodic

Location of DistromaticUpdater-periodic and Associated Malware

Check whether DistromaticUpdater-periodic is present in the following locations:

DistromaticUpdater-periodic file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\DistromaticUpdater-periodic

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


Different Variations of DistromaticUpdater-periodic File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
4458B4E53429A945239F642D9FAB0F795F71Aug 14, 2016
4476A36BA186F29C0BFB6E6993BAEFC2B8A1Aug 15, 2016
4542EF56DBC76A679197A3C8071D5B8EE8CAAug 26, 2016
45442C0048FD8B8DB55261D7D0DDDA8B0D8DSep 1, 2016
4546C863AE329597EB4175E888B8779C1071Sep 3, 2016
4466CAE2C21D24466638AFF93B882E154C9ESep 10, 2016
3516FE77E37F085EF8AE281E0B6B22221232Sep 23, 2016
44540EFE2AF564408381583A42C1F3EDA617Sep 24, 2016
4546B993CEB31670E66F344805CA58C8BFC8Sep 28, 2016
4544172BB2D3B20B2A13C19C77595D606DD1Oct 16, 2016
445490F2D2353115A82962671A1DC8CC7B96Oct 24, 2016
4472015AB7125EA2A268D0FF61ABFFF4C3FDOct 27, 2016
3512B82D950DD2537291255E7F1C14752B0BNov 11, 2016
44547D387DF8B0783717A000AAED512449D0Nov 18, 2016
36144B5E616BC43F015754C6D89E3CCF5C38Nov 20, 2016
444241C50E138270BB90EBBB5C36680854BADec 3, 2016
445495C516359427C0D6E942E8DA54000912Dec 4, 2016
4456E449120625B6B9B1BD87824A972FBC47Dec 11, 2016
35726D754B16F6900E863CB54A6D2EC716BFDec 14, 2016
447402592B19622BAA34FA19762A23ABFA38Jan 6, 2017
4474DB5B5FD6E79D70FF521BE58A564634FEJan 9, 2017
4536CBB68AFBC79704495027764C124EA1CFFeb 4, 2017
44660B37D9F937C9A2AE49E5B8BE9F07F410Mar 8, 2017
4462529A4EEBD39B6DE6DB680D4899D928DCMar 20, 2017
36381FE4D9E93097EAD0754192E7DD5D6CF8Apr 24, 2017
4450F3A71B12033337EB70699A500046E754May 8, 2017
3618279506F1F7963029F0A8C976B492683CMay 12, 2017
4464B80B6FD4D4045FDD840B6EFA73009BCEMay 15, 2017
4470AC14BC5A027C2816584D07E1D9F70E6BJun 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 DistromaticUpdater-periodic^

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

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