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File: games.url

Location of games.url and Associated Malware

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

games.url file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • [%DESKTOP%]\games.url

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\favorites\games.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\links\games.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\entertainment\games.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\favorites\games.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\links\games.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\entertainment\games.url

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

Notes:

Different Variations of games.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
2047E4F379D4146A73353AB69963E16B4F1May 18, 2010
2577E27F642DEBA4A7E396445987D4C9F46May 18, 2010
244373CB988E96C840F4CDE88D685641F183May 20, 2010
138A05C77865486C098AE1DBDA44733566BJun 4, 2010
1160EFDCCED1821A52650D0EF8610258D26Jun 12, 2010
1377FE09A6D0FB022FBC0FCB6A042C6C457Jun 13, 2010
101B093EA97895B741623B686C2C91FFF6AJun 15, 2010
208CF73D7E9B7A5944F7A93AD444EACF750Jun 23, 2010
866AF98C0F8CBD5A498902339F218C4B280Jul 6, 2010
204D467649A65FF39B7892A1CB4057C9E32Jul 31, 2010
2809693A4DB534F18BCD7E9AC1FA7807331Aug 10, 2010
174F0FF997B2F9ACEE6635D6E84F73F4CF2Aug 29, 2010
2716B5615C488C7A53E59E9708E7E56ACD5ASep 17, 2010
20017BD603DCB63D22FBB9046BA1F5B6CC9Sep 22, 2010
2291846345524920E9F86FD5077162726A3Sep 30, 2010
17298AECB633CAB37E4C1998C805F2CF5DEOct 22, 2010
41223429D4C5BDE98429C04DA7E2F5610B9Oct 23, 2010
27134BD4F4AB408C944F649288B7A538CDCOct 23, 2010
3247CFC13D22F6202DC8BEFB9D5D25A17EF4Oct 24, 2010
1539850206B75235A21638FBE35BC0DF0B7Oct 28, 2010
188DC9C941759FECAE4E2E7A8A6559BE762Nov 5, 2010
132A86C56309928DF89BDC3DB403A80E8D4Dec 11, 2010
409CD9400B5D7AE00440B2447898577DADFDec 27, 2010
1968C1266A56441780E651D78C3A0B25473Jan 3, 2011
18665325122C499FDCCD68944A8E2052E7FJan 11, 2011
606C4F0680EB350F936E522DEA986ADAC39Jan 22, 2011
17840A9935D81E20550E18B8E468D09DCACFeb 19, 2011
844B3916939078BDEA285BD29BCFFD42DB3Mar 13, 2011
18361748B54C67B48B9287E064A77FF40DCMar 19, 2011
221B4828420A761AA3CDD43C486FD75501AMay 16, 2011
105080558B2F9A623D7663D01612E015406May 17, 2011
303BB9DC37936966A3B3C912B7A9F653FB1Jun 2, 2011
13474C52CA5E41E28F00E318EDA925E291F8Jul 6, 2011
174A731BF6059BD3C448CB0FA61AB01F025Jul 20, 2011
281254ECBED042836CD7B1EB06522F70695Jul 22, 2011
2672C148A77083B45425058A296FCDABB0FSep 7, 2011
1483FB3607339733BD48401763F2B72B17B0Oct 13, 2011
200965DE2A649B440F42C20183E83E48187Dec 20, 2011
253539B26E64F12728644664A5C6F8349A2Dec 23, 2011
133B410E2E3EE18546C17B4E7D50CDB8591Jan 17, 2012
1443C11EC681E8F3B4A66C6ECFA48E547CEJan 18, 2012
24721B0F62730037BD30D2468023D8CA15CFeb 6, 2012
223B96355FC3DAB820DB519F1E50566F993Feb 20, 2012
42650350D15EAFEE80EA2F9614464E799831Mar 2, 2012
2974383513E2E2D85CF76B083EA30D0A654Mar 6, 2012
1300160B15F8E168EEBD913E38968A48ED3Mar 8, 2012
18286F8E5BD24DE4A8783707CD4B6CD8A7AMar 20, 2012
893E4A6C6A120ABBBF87DE5EBB8A768780Mar 24, 2012
725F7F5C3ACCB676C718322391214223377May 25, 2012
346A9672F384542FB471DCDAF7D4045CFB2May 28, 2012
201D1A429B8AC8ECE635058D7C81E3E7275Jul 22, 2012
1941EDA88C5D2CBB2DD5ACC181FBC88B805Aug 18, 2012
11387101550A15D927666F7973A13AC1C02Aug 23, 2012
2556BDB6A57F7315FEC1E0F27C495904381Sep 2, 2012
743F8DBE1E43404F4FCC7591C6AE90DD507Sep 7, 2012
2329BD12A680D7D2948D228E929D0FE7FD8Sep 13, 2012
2446B25421A50C49A79CC6C639E523E7572Sep 18, 2012
181D56F9509E4B64619C403E14BA0A48B5ESep 27, 2012
1208E8BAC6C86225B24AE2A9EDC934D475DOct 14, 2012
1247732699324C081C24254ACFF54197A51Oct 26, 2012
10334599AB3A9906DFDC22996AD98A4D9A2Nov 17, 2012
19839C623CDB48BBABD6DCAFA984EFDFC04Nov 19, 2012
207C11500281E8A5C2D8ECDB1755F5C4920Nov 21, 2012
271F676DBB7D9D8520A38F0DDC194951826Nov 25, 2012
1397D19979354782777C440340D5589E5FFJan 12, 2013
725C9C1A4EAEABE0304267A9E662EF9852CJan 14, 2013
20251F6319B6241D619A4C0A812509531C9Feb 12, 2013
178B2D06707E7B27CAA8653C10494BE5A0DFeb 24, 2013
2066B7A286B6206A91E4D9CD37BFF5E9BAEMar 3, 2013
20324E8184031D3949E0D0EFED1CC426730Mar 3, 2013
19930E6209F6331A0C62BB36B5DFE13F1BCMar 28, 2013
2590EF47CA496342C2DAEDDBDD3BC991682May 20, 2013
150706EFB64AFAB0BCEF2D3AC8926F59684Jul 3, 2013
40674C196198B0FE052267E5D057C9AB3E0Feb 4, 2014
392930A9B6E4DC32A2DECE5685CA5A8C0F7Feb 25, 2014
2023D60BEE8D2C956B7A992D54DA78EB3C5Mar 19, 2014
39822DB2864F7ACB7E654841296DFE0F3B7DApr 11, 2014
2053577F12134EF33EAF826414C77CDD11FJul 16, 2014
3050B1F9BEC05ABD0E476C930F451BB13EDJul 26, 2014
1439A80B45DFF2955D077735F277C97DADBAug 24, 2014
11661FB0AB03BBAD5FDDF931784E34CC7DCOct 31, 2014
2080BA97F744F41835D64D7101134446E20Feb 8, 2015
1922B29C7CC38E5ACF06C1FF0F16D4C633BFeb 24, 2015
20351D76D75F03F3A4FAE96B1C7CD5516C5Mar 15, 2015
116E922C38B6B7D2234728606B67AD6795AAug 2, 2015
312F050E2ACDD2BD44F603E575B016914D7Sep 15, 2015
235E2C76FF06C7A75EE7E1EEE4C33C8D49DOct 20, 2015
199884F52F2A7F2A445670C51518A3D0F82Jan 12, 2016
288902F0313D1BAA4F98BF88E51A7FA68C5Feb 6, 2016
19452BC3427DCFF9196E93129E7BEFBAD14Mar 5, 2016
199F997CD61506A9297DA265CC580E78D72Mar 11, 2016
117FE703605EA224B0E7C7B8D42D931284FMay 18, 2016
116D37FBCC108A58455C0AD7B3A339BF3E5Jun 5, 2016
2088091C49C36087D460BB4CB636009E252Jun 15, 2016
1279C0468F2338182ED9A988315A824C8BBJul 13, 2016
1980BCF7A828AB0F0328D2B54B829D8323BJul 21, 2016
259D95E4CFCB79D17EDB283B8C322ED7CEFSep 6, 2016
209813276F8A50AD56CE09D99C1C18ECAEFDec 3, 2016
240D96BC12CE3D2D827BEBFF6DF6927073DFeb 8, 2017
3940D2343869F059A0D7B3BB2F71E8946FFApr 8, 2017
17934AAD6A838808FF878E98390A300A980May 26, 2010
179B9A1D4D0FC0476D86A8B06E7662C2A26Jun 5, 2010
2062D8D7CD266D69EDDACC0172793384883Jun 30, 2010
817013F7FEE334967B6750A63341A663D5Jul 11, 2010
2136DC2E683550E46450C9472EAA078BC42Aug 30, 2010
73710CB1EDFD1F135BAA1AA6F6B80744E0Sep 9, 2010
1794BAB816BA842098B50C0581E49F5B0A7Sep 14, 2010
179E52468A03650727764F2724D3B9E29CDSep 27, 2010
248116C3C1B1A92BD201B1EE4CEC237C6BCOct 3, 2010
179D37F11C4812CB20F020222F106B10C2CJan 1, 2011
1796CE5557B04252852D16420D21FA08801Jan 25, 2011
179261C7AE0EA243C34535730A715A969B8Feb 8, 2011
1796E9DCA5774EE0FC86B78C39F4FBEC5C6Mar 6, 2011
1794284C46E2B84B0E76C2E640E68A10086Mar 8, 2011
1098F215DF3B8869D820A8D6505499619E6May 17, 2011
1588729AD34291491ED4D707876157072C9Jun 3, 2011
179FE05DFA4AEED73627017BDA4B6C8DA25Jun 12, 2011
2060DB6F017D6A84BE3750F8B4EB838B394Jun 28, 2011
179E7DBB168F4F1B8001EB8EC7E7EB92DA4Jul 22, 2011
17942B4FDCB3802203065C3A8523CDE97B7Jul 26, 2011
179539A14E872651168252200D606FD2C09Aug 13, 2011
17972C199E974E3E70B007155138392CF96Oct 4, 2011
48BD9057B413257C1E1B724241A06805F7Oct 5, 2011
77D8402D9139C47C13A4772790FF71D9BFOct 27, 2011
1793DD966FB8001745B00C2EE97CFF5C817Nov 8, 2011
55CF8D28B8BD032BA41588B96DE6EE525ANov 29, 2011
73A4F727734F20AEE4AD153CA09C7FEF2EDec 2, 2011
771267FF70913BF3F328F9D26E2852084AMar 13, 2012
179B44468771EA06A01F45008EB1ADF5CFEMar 20, 2012
1859C674C07422B671935BAB23B614F61D9May 30, 2012
764F31D12B2BE6E10DB836ECBCC96D56A46Jun 19, 2012
2111D8F2311838ECBBB1C82A3813C9D1E5EAug 1, 2012
1796B6AD0A5B9D2785AB0FA135CFA5C161ESep 1, 2012
9688F06FC9995FE7F9765A63BB3AB927B3Dec 5, 2012
142CDBFEF46A1B51FA699CF9E18FDFFDE09Jan 6, 2013
1580B69E631A09F58B8EFA012423845CF36Mar 20, 2013
1712B3D10FF01439AB37A2CF0ECE0F47CA0Apr 30, 2013
143BA4C5DB4C56D877F6880DC2DEEF7D166Jun 19, 2013
154D9DE21CE44F57CFDADDBBB20998556BCJul 3, 2013
141C7A96EE8490834D11E6B6539A713EFE8Jan 6, 2016
216BC41ECD18A7D847EA5F39B94F495ABD1Nov 14, 2016
20521D8BAB579156393CAC51E4BE4633430Feb 28, 2017
1944A9AE3D7C609879ED85F0D78ACC527AEMay 16, 2017
1442EDB1FC9C0D1014723E0DD26ED2684A5May 14, 2010
1780B9AC305A9A67AE3C4305135848BB0EDNov 16, 2010
15206F224D951183D3848B2ACAF2DC4A516Feb 6, 2011
496D9C5020EE7254CB49B54CE5590FAA1F6May 2, 2011
40011233E441586AB233137B34535435DF2Jun 22, 2012
1524F77984CAAAD4B26E87F563F8F6A1AF0Aug 20, 2012
197652724005C9033825DBC87B06A5F60BAMay 2, 2013
134D858952237441F34F84A0AF8734FBAADAug 1, 2013
37004E2B691B7B5C4ABEE73CC1DD7497BC4Feb 25, 2014
135FE8E64AA2FE6BDE8191A5CA2439F9CA1Jun 7, 2015
154C57F6E7A3711441D0F9FBA28F3BC8C95Sep 24, 2016
185CC885C4BCE2D3A25E01BACAC0486EABEJan 24, 2010
973769BA761B80E78DB32F2DE014BA32FF04Apr 7, 2010
2814B0EE955779330CA73E860F63F777C8AMay 17, 2010
2389CB838C62CEBD584CF10482DA55F76595Jun 22, 2010
22909C2F840BFE61ABB886BACFAA0B2E503Aug 19, 2010
394389E68EEF5C743FCE6E008BAB45C1767Oct 14, 2010
182F7B8B6376B781F1A478871A442B677B4Oct 14, 2010
2666E648B45737E7A698C66F5EB9166A896Nov 7, 2010
496AD4DB7EAFA1E36C417D311AACE345811Nov 22, 2010
398262AAFDF45CB18D16FFF7A8739F320C9Dec 17, 2010
111ADB3351C3361AE778211E85F618CDB0DDec 23, 2010
35494DF537E96646690AFFB0C98A7226269Mar 18, 2011
3205779B3326E196C140D7A142931722861Jul 27, 2011
200B1F32A516EECC3B12D37D4A14EE3B0D0Aug 6, 2011
1680FE93C9AB28AB804EA799D2C9E923E82Oct 21, 2011
37023FBF70A20B426B9DCC5AE368C225F0CDec 22, 2011
143AFB5B7CD6F8CC838FB052B555DBFEB9AFeb 16, 2012
1383EEDF59DBF5CC29AD8C882C3F13F1399Feb 27, 2012
13386410292AD269C40A01F22E154D77331Mar 8, 2012
135004C3CC49114126CDE7B5422CBE84D05Apr 3, 2012
178783949E317872EAFE695DC2F208BD6B3Jul 28, 2012
12278E1B8DADEA95659BAABE0FB716F67E84Aug 7, 2012
27488B887DC84766EC09A469ED639B436A0Sep 25, 2012
142EAB1FECF79277D6274CA7C641129BE87Oct 5, 2012
370EE197464E33F9393E9AC4DE7DB3998A9Jan 10, 2013
47EE232674AB3E48702E3CF06B196E1682Jan 25, 2013
305ADAD858DD886C41540F77126E1C99F88Feb 3, 2013
4701486D6035187803C2C16A1309C4B204Nov 27, 2013
131507FC27B77706216F7ADE01DE563C182Aug 13, 2014
2464F4F96CFFACECE2F20558F79CF24B53BDec 5, 2014
123A8F3AC74D7416BF0A6A5D9561757ABEFApr 25, 2015
17962C0E08726C13F7A1EF3C202D7BA00CBDec 17, 2009
1794BA6DEEB3A0CFBE8DE628BEF4E228173Dec 31, 2009
78C598908271CEEE27932A4F264B3EC4F7Jan 25, 2010
1798C944BBE40C7C5C8B0FF4ED02B64300FMar 19, 2010
169A70B75D1BDC35EAC80449B14DC2B4CE3Mar 25, 2010
179296FB77585BE37C4D8A9476685F42CD6Apr 20, 2010
133CC23FC72BCCE47C4D27ED377F3237561May 2, 2010
154ACA49EF1CBFC26412E7B0B84AA0027C0Mar 24, 2010
265B4C3A045E2EA4E04A48587201BB99CEEMar 6, 2010
652D046C1DC23AF37F97830A60A8409EFE5Mar 29, 2010
3692441C906FED89AA2BB6C86A671732A91Apr 10, 2010
232DDAE0575547DE10402EB85781CEDC3E5Apr 17, 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 games.url^

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

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