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File: http_readingfanatic.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal

Location of http_readingfanatic.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal and Associated Malware

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

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

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

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

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

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


Different Variations of http_readingfanatic.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
360880E618E0781C640D052144E27EA29CB0Apr 27, 2014
464004EA0498F7332FB39AC353D0DC2769E5May 9, 2014
36083E3CD2840C3915AC62AE31FAE90BF312Jun 3, 2014
4640D220EAC6E2E0335CD28868EE87AD04F2Jul 11, 2014
36085047E203521ED4DE4E2C08BEEC0D58EBJul 21, 2014
3608C3787BCE7E13A1D532E560C15D42EFD8Sep 25, 2014
360853AC23D2D3CCF2AC78B002DF79DACD64Dec 18, 2014
36080B3B04768430BBA73F16B892598F9336Feb 14, 2015
360882A3F7A16E8AC5E9EF50FF740127E751Feb 26, 2015
360854BB3036210AD52E0E43CDE0A97516AESep 29, 2015
360803CF0B04A811EB4698F97BE340CF318CJan 8, 2016
36082C242489D28F5E881163EFEF4FD019D1Jan 18, 2016
3608A922C97187584B3548777E4D8DBDAFEDMar 17, 2016
3608404BBEDFC18A806E113071DC7D94ED11Jun 26, 2016
3608926254B4FA6F62FB9C4CF163CF6D03E6Aug 17, 2016
46401E3CE56D20651BADCF8B11E1F1F0AD48Sep 29, 2016
3608659FE4897F03EBE2567F40F14BC9890DMar 2, 2017
36086594437F4B0164624BD235B5659436B0Sep 18, 2018

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_readingfanatic.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal^

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

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