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Hi Jean,

all done. I presume it went smoothly as the computer has not disintegrated into a pile of twinkling dust.

Very many thanks for you help and patience at Exterminate-it. When I contacted Exterminate-it and loaded down your software I was on to my third antispyware company to solve a problem. Two companies had refunded subscription fees to my credit card rather than persevere to fix the problem.

Your team has guided me through the problem. My system has continued to operate through the whole procedure and you have been endearing patient with an old computer geek.

Keep up the excellent work,


File: ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA

Location of ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA and Associated Malware

Check whether ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA is present in the following locations:

ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA

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


Different Variations of ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
15050F9D5F924171D6FC54875DD4B9F0B4D5DNov 14, 2015
15050BF4160538A4220816176D951FDF168ABJan 7, 2016
15050B3E9B145BD310E767D7E895120B871B9Jan 31, 2016
15078CA023365DE079E77447D7B1E483E70E1Jan 31, 2016
15042B5C3A426BF3676FC81D41A0E0550F9D2Feb 3, 2016
15050823B2D347BC516E66FE248DF738A6093Feb 11, 2016
150503BFCEAA3A6C9A0EBDE6BC75A7F5A2ADBFeb 14, 2016
150425881053CFE552482C896BF29E4DC3D80Feb 26, 2016
150462F6DC530B36E7AB4E9033DCD641FACC6Mar 27, 2016
150507196C497E06C9D90E55D3E2E650BB366May 1, 2016
15046D78B5C1921AD6A8A41E3845DF21B7690May 10, 2016
1504263B356323985803F9FF9D4269951BA84Feb 19, 2017
150501BBECF92E8490C270673D80AADE67BFEApr 20, 2017
1282046696E62E8C82A931911A96582C11BBEApr 24, 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 ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA^

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

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