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File: exsplorer.lnk

Location of exsplorer.lnk and Associated Malware

Check whether exsplorer.lnk is present in the following locations:

exsplorer.lnk file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • [%DESKTOP%]\exsplorer.lnk

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific exsplorer.lnk file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\exsplorer.lnk
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\My Documents\exsplorer.lnk
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\exsplorer.lnk
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Start Menu\exsplorer.lnk
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Start Menu\Programs\exsplorer.lnk

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific exsplorer.lnk file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\exsplorer.lnk
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Documents\exsplorer.lnk
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\exsplorer.lnk
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\exsplorer.lnk
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\exsplorer.lnk

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


Different Variations of exsplorer.lnk File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
176D1A7FB0A776DEA2138CCBD41FF4D0F48Aug 30, 2010
232D60DE88DD71ADF95B0AD082CBF0BAD9CSep 29, 2010
21062C725EA059C0C5111DE76A98C39D40ADec 16, 2010
2381BEF023EAC5973CD162CB4CF8E5A6B8CFeb 4, 2011
230682D4C26F92104CF0867795D1C97344BMar 15, 2011
232878FD148082D6410B0249292ECE1D353Jul 2, 2011
238C8486FC5EF0132D4523D67393355FE4FJul 14, 2011
232E56040DDAEAA64F32DF520F09574CD15Aug 18, 2011
186AF12DDDF416873E3EC4965686101DA99Jan 11, 2012
222636EB53B5121FAF9062D92109F7A9741Jul 23, 2013
1964633633E1EDEFC103A561EDA21648D9BSep 23, 2015
238B42DF88450E0EA2272F461EE082F2A90Aug 19, 2010
23283429FC1093002DC841EC8EEC924A31DJun 10, 2013

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 exsplorer.lnk^

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

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