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File: ghokswaCheckTask

Location of ghokswaCheckTask and Associated Malware

Check whether ghokswaCheckTask is present in the following locations:

ghokswaCheckTask file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\ghokswaCheckTask

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


Different Variations of ghokswaCheckTask File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
15072FBE42A30DE03A271D2922FAA2C6943F9Jan 7, 2016
15068FE948671CFC33D5507D6A15E8C8C4E5AJan 31, 2016
15032C81F4A1F3B046624717A74D6444FB4A8Feb 3, 2016
15044667801120588941B73181D55ABC1C50BFeb 11, 2016
1508466369C526DD0BEE5E91BE8ABB14DB575Feb 14, 2016
1503250A8C485EFDA2FE4117DFF32F2404C23Feb 26, 2016
15036B8C9A0B8023B584937BE287645F12D0CMar 27, 2016
15044E6ECF7BE9B983ED59B09F747ADB78E62May 1, 2016
150322B6676DC88723F5BC03A8F79BE473842Feb 19, 2017
150367F29CAC3DBE73D79D6A0953781B074AFApr 18, 2017
129866095D49D1395EF20921AD66404139E9FApr 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 ghokswaCheckTask^

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

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