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File: http_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal

Location of http_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal and Associated Malware

Check whether http_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific http_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific http_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal

If you find http_www.default-search.net_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_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of http_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
36084E2ED6FAF3530C049511DF60BB54F6C7Jul 6, 2015
36082DDABA9A004812325EE2BF8153DEF00FAug 3, 2015
36080F87435473B0E9EE41399398F411EB2CAug 15, 2015
36085B683DB76448CE667E184B24DB7DC279Aug 18, 2015
3608A2B05019874FCED8E920D4E5992D90D1Sep 1, 2015
36083291B7B44B4AB629C27761FE072A95C0Sep 8, 2015
36081AD25A0084BEF1568993F60F067A5137Sep 9, 2015
360823AD569C43321E22B56A63D742B737FBSep 13, 2015
3608548C8D2BB751FF21BA7281F46ECB2F02Sep 22, 2015
36080434A4DF72BF7382860B4E3D260F8295Oct 30, 2015
360846279E4CD791E9304204948764D208D0Nov 25, 2015
3608554B6211BC6002C54C223B3CDDF9488CJan 28, 2016
16384802E2608ACB40770196C54CA8109D6B9Feb 6, 2016
3608AB8CDF0544225A3433DAB38F342C0410Feb 16, 2016
360808A5348FC9429AD0C694F60C603E2832Feb 16, 2016
3608EDF8C6C7480BA93539FD493B1EFBFA7AMar 27, 2016
3608FE7285DCBAB1F64ADAED819C21A47E94Apr 16, 2016
3608957519A16392907BBB2D547FFCDC7832May 25, 2016
3608922A87B1AB15D26B034853A778EE77A0Jun 22, 2016
36089C405FB1E48BD3E6682AF81489169929Jul 1, 2016
3608589357710887212E216666682A4F08FEAug 21, 2016
3608C8CE95684DC3133B2F9ABDEE660898B5Sep 28, 2016
360871507762DCD37485D2DFE93285A73261Nov 9, 2016
36084EC07354F211E8BD49BC586DCF9B35D6Dec 11, 2016
36080E3C90B4C7E2A136AB5451678396E9EBDec 11, 2016
3608ADB0C0A49A96FB66723BD39A32C652CCDec 17, 2016
360830999B240441CF14B2590BBA11156B3CJan 2, 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_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal^

  1. To enable deleting the http_www.default-search.net_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_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of http_www.default-search.net_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_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of http_www.default-search.net_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_www.default-search.net_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_www.default-search.net_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_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal. The name of the first found registry value referencing http_www.default-search.net_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_www.default-search.net_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_www.default-search.net_0.localstorage-journal and Associated Malware.