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File: hard rock.url

Location of hard rock.url and Associated Malware

Check whether hard rock.url is present in the following locations:

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\music\hard rock.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\music\hard rock.url

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

Notes:

Different Variations of hard rock.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
1417ECC1D19A389510FFFE81F2B4463A7DCJun 13, 2010
107F77817B8F8B9234DFC174CAA167A6BCBMar 26, 2012
10710235BB228259894A03672983D7481C9Nov 17, 2012
1077E4ACE57CF9CF5F61BE843164087F9BAFeb 4, 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 hard rock.url^

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

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