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Dear Jean,

Thank you for your follow-up. I did indeed use the Submit State feature last night and this morning, your team sent me instructions to run an 'update' and then re-run Exterminate It! on the PC. I just finished that process and the new update wiped it out. I ran my regular anti-spy/anti-virus to double-check and it wasn't able to detect it either. I appreciate the support from both you and your team.

Linda D.

File: http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage

Location of http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage and Associated Malware

Check whether http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage

If you find http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
5120612513B38C4FED581ED7C0483DE885ACSep 1, 2015
61440B36E552B7829A59243348AE153B76C5Oct 29, 2015
51208C55F549C7D6E4153DB0CABB52F87322Nov 24, 2015
61446C529E3B6F6888BB0F77825198E1D07BDec 25, 2015
61446F077B1C3214DB81D4029841663F3ADFJan 8, 2016
5120ABD1D343F2C27ECCEB6600B9B9FE0B57Jan 17, 2016
614430E0CA1082E680CD9323279CD5C0F66AFeb 10, 2016
6144D2BD7CB210D0B0C41748C7797F3D8EC0Apr 25, 2016
7168D9097EC5D9EAE87DAE1C62038CEBD83BMay 16, 2016
7168AB716AAFC8B0BB81BADF0F431546DA1EJun 1, 2016
716808CA6D298BE8991FF448C55FC5B4FD5FJun 28, 2016
61449C3E8BB20BA6D33E56CAA10FBD7FEF66Jul 9, 2016
6144E25E9DBD90FCDD1567A72B7C98AB0B0FJul 26, 2016
61447342FC5D4D0792ED0EC73EFB18C76D33Jul 26, 2016
71688804F46FC7A77492AE607A4D676A7F3DSep 8, 2016
7168A8A83FA7CC6AA967ABC42D76E6838957Sep 9, 2016
51208B9B0CCFC0935660AEF602E68001707DSep 28, 2016
51209A242F5B55504923A4A50FE694CD0CD4Oct 31, 2016
71687FF2B9EE44425C4B9A46F14668D62304Nov 14, 2016
716863DD114C7523A226AF5AD0D3BA8BEF13Nov 29, 2016
5120D4C13AA3F706C92605363AD3378BAFCFDec 13, 2016
716839F81D3EEE1695A5577DB80286FD7892Jan 5, 2017
7168521B9C59550B68E3FA903A3952353A39Mar 25, 2017
7168357F8D51200DE320A9B8FD824C7D6C03Mar 27, 2017
7168353813A7E7A65A595D6E5193FE76B2B8May 7, 2017
7168FE5B4E27DF3294D7CF2ED85F41D42E1DMay 16, 2017
61447DD4849403206EB23A7146ADDC233A4CJun 18, 2017
716811D918B3674136B26805F5C2F167CFF6Nov 26, 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage^

  1. To enable deleting the http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage. The name of the first found registry value referencing http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage, 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 http_download-freemaps.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage and Associated Malware.