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File: gambling.url

Location of gambling.url and Associated Malware

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

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\entertainment\gambling.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\casino\gambling.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\links\gambling.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\entertainment\gambling.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\casino\gambling.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\links\gambling.url

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

Notes:

Different Variations of gambling.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
1407313A2884549D434A358BA488B998445Jun 13, 2010
10686BBA3E10C8E119D1F256E06114A15FADec 1, 2010
122BD71D41413AA7EAAC4C7C2D2EDD9F5D7Oct 29, 2011
106DE781147B9EA21D0FFECE458094DB3C7Mar 26, 2012
10609B7A7214F029683E51FA79BD642F293Nov 17, 2012
111B663671B5D97A1B05A7230986183492BAug 1, 2010
1171F90181F7012906E41170899310D5472Aug 3, 2010
10624A48D531396DAEC13F2B12671097FF9Nov 17, 2012
106148574DF51E3AE1D92DF72477CDC1BCEFeb 4, 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 gambling.url^

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

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