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File: hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml

Location of hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml and Associated Malware

Check whether hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml is present in the following locations:

hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\browser\searchPlugins\hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\mozilla\firefox\profiles\[%PROFILE_FOLDER%]\searchPlugins\hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\[%PROFILE_FOLDER%]\searchPlugins\hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml

If you find hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml 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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
1077B26C45F365315530915448871E3D8F5CJul 7, 2014
1178520BEDE3064343FC6D693E3F33CF3F7EJul 10, 2014
10773F0E2C9F957A559048214F8B1BBF6613Jul 27, 2014
108402AF053B88C1B4D617DE973165DD2CEFAug 3, 2014
111785E0FD61062040D4E255E1315A3E46FBAug 11, 2014
1174A6CB500C7BF27104CB8C82DE9AC9DB25Sep 2, 2014
1137AA77C05CF3F2B05C9E8BD961D0284004Sep 9, 2014
1137A7CD2CCBB882EEB24C304CDD203239F5Sep 18, 2014
11009B281DE4918C792FC32E5DC106E7C054Oct 5, 2014
1077ABB760E20F7D9C222F3A21B0760C40E2Oct 13, 2014
113732EFE14C0CF4B444982B730D463C87B3Nov 6, 2014
109481A37EE3106F2F0AD8DC7B937D21C1C7Nov 11, 2014
1137C8BE74C26FB800376F459D60425E8DC2Dec 20, 2014
10770A512CCB367FF24FEAABDAA305CD46D2Feb 23, 2015
113297880671BBB39C0A4477742084130C85Apr 7, 2015
1137FA216E6B0BF8A01C9D5D3CAE6DF1AE5DMay 28, 2015
11377B041FCD3E8E6D64589E15B0B14213AEOct 10, 2015
1137D8648F7650CE57174062520AC55DB5BCNov 9, 2015
113771B3C7D4D5FA6DD95508BC81811BF00FJan 1, 2016
11370496CEAE03CAA787D1ECCF023147E56BMar 20, 2016
11378218678AC5D684D45DE1F65DE12A2E06Mar 29, 2016
1102D5BD817497D7088FCD8304439C26B3C3Jan 7, 2017
1137B7D9787A681D21978E0DCB540DCBFE28Feb 19, 2017
1084E79CEDC953562F2232473312B7D78F35Mar 18, 2017
1102FEB40ECC9F3B8F279A6252B8A41C2AC6Aug 17, 2014

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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml^

  1. To enable deleting the hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml 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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml 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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml 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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml 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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml 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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml. The name of the first found registry value referencing hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml 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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml, 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 hotspot-shield-customized-web-search.xml and Associated Malware.