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Dear Exterminate It,
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.
Your response and the update has fixed my problem.
I have spent several weeks fiddling around trying to resolve it, and could not and my previous Anti-Virus program could find it but not fix it.


Sincerely yours,
Bountiful, Utah

David S. B.

File: ghokswaCheckTask.job

Location of ghokswaCheckTask.job and Associated Malware

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

ghokswaCheckTask.job file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\Tasks\ghokswaCheckTask.job

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


Different Variations of ghokswaCheckTask.job File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
2000223E54A4ECE76D63E7FC0B3C2BF134A3Dec 17, 2015
886B610879D3DF8895798D71D98257E9CBFFeb 5, 2016
200296CF0270F6EA177BA1FF1B63B4076D86Feb 24, 2016
8841ECFB17FD05F454519C4A4DABC3C6A2FMar 22, 2016
886CF219AD58932AC01DC57BEA528A85C2FApr 23, 2016
199814107BCC079083F426AABCF8374877AEApr 27, 2016
8767028D237B66D7F779DC0B9BA36ADC29EAug 2, 2016
2002EE76FA8ED747FA62E72299E0C134B314Jan 29, 2017
898391FEF0D2A239C440E195070D3C8C461Feb 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 ghokswaCheckTask.job^

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

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