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File: football.url

Location of football.url and Associated Malware

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

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\sports\football.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\sports\football.url

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


Different Variations of football.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
14085FB39451A28E1EB54D653F2185A4586Jun 13, 2010
13926FD19AD034400113E93686350D08AF7DSep 2, 2010
810DADD07DFC541639AD39FFA92D2262BADec 24, 2010
15459D57035A5C8D57131474EA6D6487213Mar 19, 2011
1123FAD56D0A89019ED636F4468DB4F2CC8May 17, 2011
2111C08A317E6F7031F231C572ADCE0FFE8Feb 9, 2012
106214967EAAB3F6C27AE752E0591629FE1Mar 26, 2012
11236DC9103FDFA9F8E07E09B246C21270DSep 20, 2012
1066B15A5E113866C057A8A4FC280D44020Nov 17, 2012
1460AB17393513DB8A0A4E08500FA88FBBBJan 12, 2013
1573BBCEBD9794FFEFF5DF910BB1DAB0CA8Jul 5, 2013
364333ED7C169C8B058E2724B763AAC271FDJun 27, 2014
1068675229EA0DD1DFD928A5512F1D34F44Feb 4, 2010
172BB0F7DA28D46AF96DCAA5E3EDEFD9E4CMar 25, 2010

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 football.url^

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

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