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File: ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA.job

Location of ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA.job and Associated Malware

Check whether ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA.job is present in the following locations:

ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA.job file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\Tasks\ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA.job

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

Notes:

Different Variations of ghokswaBrowserUpdateUA.job File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
8963CF3294C860A020F0980A80AEBB6A83CFeb 5, 2016
2012A092C39C8E62311F3075D2B354E9D0CBFeb 24, 2016
8963F9D0A14D3B7908358491D1CBD346426Mar 22, 2016
896F9F2FE9D35E8647AD18D2DFBE9BDE654Apr 23, 2016
896B70DC4D9B424EE56AAE07E6D0AED8D9BJun 4, 2016
896141B8A69404846350D6CC9DD7A7D580AJul 6, 2016
88807DEBD0265D376A7E77BE3B6A9B6505CAug 2, 2016
2012CD5F880032FD03A3E7E08DA419AAF090Jan 29, 2017
912F9A450F7BB498577654DFAED3A8CA0FDFeb 2, 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.job^

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

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