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File: hockey.url

Location of hockey.url and Associated Malware

Check whether hockey.url is present in the following locations:

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\sports\hockey.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\sports\hockey.url

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


Different Variations of hockey.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
138D70A28245608AD13F79DBDDA16C779A2Jun 13, 2010
796B92C9253C22E80E72BA428C26393849Dec 24, 2010
110578A60589FEFE227158F4C1975B18E8CMay 17, 2011
341048DFADA02CFEE0E500E1A6B3DB23F10Jun 28, 2011
110B71628AEA714595167A825BB5A941F52Sep 20, 2012
104435544D56A693205CAC7F2C2B570C6E8Nov 17, 2012
1448FBF7CCE16BEBAEABB71CAE9D7D3C9DCJan 12, 2013
155931113A9989177BA8DF53EDD23939042Jul 5, 2013
170119E533EA5655139D216CAA298CD19D4Mar 25, 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 hockey.url^

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

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