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File: HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc

Location of HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc and Associated Malware

Check whether HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc is present in the following locations:

HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • [%DESKTOP%]\HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc

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

Notes:

Different Variations of HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
4292CF86B4A4BF57C9B9A5E07D4D665C922DApr 22, 2015
42923BD5A824636093B859CE4B068D3BF5FFApr 22, 2015

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 HELP_DECRYPT.TXT.ecc^

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

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