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Thanks so much for your help. For now, this seemed to have solved the problem and found all the infected files. I'll keep you updated, as I know this virus can be very hard to kill.

Thanks a million.


File: http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal

Location of http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal and Associated Malware

Check whether http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific http_www.search.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_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 2\Local Storage\http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 2\Local Storage\http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal

If you find http_www.search.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_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of http_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
5672C2560A61F323F0D1B8EFAEEED589CE88Mar 25, 2016
46406D230E6C98D3E8F6D1D72CF6B7946CA8Mar 30, 2016
8768B8D2A7BAF856AE0BDF332506EDCDF04DApr 8, 2016
360856DBEA2F5F63A28A346DD0F68A28B884Apr 10, 2016
360803EAC885236B767C62FB1C04EDAEB095Apr 11, 2016
360897B5E310CBB35803D84B102786B9B7B2Apr 24, 2016
36081E2461D26E8E91F5CEE3FD1196E68C7BMay 2, 2016
3608E917421AD44CB922D22B2FD0B100A051May 14, 2016
6704EF5060ECE44AD2EBAB723DE7ADFD427DMay 18, 2016
67045714ABEBBF9EC531A925E8BA2BDF1E86May 19, 2016
36080AD0F103D6BB169659A49C98620A8740May 27, 2016
360869E893822CECCF791687C5258AC5EFE0Jun 1, 2016
16384CC150E1EB01742650E190CE2621A19E7Jun 4, 2016
3608F74F5E0A1E4C712528E272108F9DA754Jun 4, 2016
6704A2165E4BD1FA4E21ECDBE33F14BB413DJun 7, 2016
3608D847AF8760AEAA061830743B3DC276ABJun 9, 2016
3608931DE39102D5479F0652EB2572EA20F7Jun 13, 2016
360882C91D2D1FBD6C2505F08C53C21229B5Jun 15, 2016
6704C8D7237F3B2D1CA60C538F870CAA650FJun 16, 2016
6704B243E3BC8BAA4539AC214D2BD57F1F02Jun 24, 2016
3608BC9AF824FD401EF29B683B640463AC2EJul 10, 2016
3608328C8218FA46683BFA18F9F765C9D6D6Jul 12, 2016
6704A4F3210514D14F089743CD5B1D2B0D99Jul 13, 2016
36083FD0017E606C9552EA9D7D4359891FDAJul 17, 2016
980019D862B784A934391977A64D3AB6D954Jul 19, 2016
3608540C496B216F3B2EB8CFF977E8A437BDJul 20, 2016
67043340B52B88FE865606E6A1A7B2947241Jul 21, 2016
36080E51A6E03413664BBF77D87884419373Jul 25, 2016
67044EC8D778B9989549CBA72984E53FA518Jul 31, 2016
360840CF032AECE7A7D44EAB3920AAEE96E7Aug 2, 2016
7736B2F9463CFE07D0FDDF48A875A8D4846EAug 9, 2016
3608EB9CBB74F7E3EB3D792028D841F543C7Aug 16, 2016
3608BE6A4A9AA96CB932F497A35F501E2D75Sep 3, 2016
6704DC8B0D381CF3FBB82F0F856E25308504Sep 20, 2016
3608520126D27C414AE87A20F98F9FFC4566Sep 28, 2016
980097DDE0DF47F3BC7AABD1C22C48F5DECAOct 23, 2016
98003CA1C0D13FCFC23E0BEC696F8F276283Oct 24, 2016
3608E6438016784729CA773C23B21B4098D4Nov 3, 2016
5672E0E0DBBE68A41609DD8C59F42292D6F8Nov 7, 2016
77369FAECA6F199CBBDC11C1E48FF496CF65Nov 14, 2016
7736C5F35FC9878D19C3F69966458C492F05Nov 26, 2016
6704492BC879C2DA48BE9AB77D1F3DDD92BENov 28, 2016
6704BA8B6B4EB8494AE60215721663D2D9B6Dec 8, 2016
77366382A53D71047671517705583235D676Dec 15, 2016
9800DE446858B850E2B6B7BDAC7EBB35D3A4Jan 2, 2017
67043069DAF48EA34A70FFDFB7A4D42CA458Jan 10, 2017
56729161257D458167304310E7AF7B9BF6E8Jan 27, 2017
6704F083D07768A1558D624920AE3C26C6C2Jan 29, 2017
67043E70453DC2CE9D98A88870BA4F7054A6Feb 1, 2017
5672C575233C69E12CAE3E3BC064E0120018Feb 10, 2017
360871B29229C9051133B99706E54E493EC7Feb 23, 2017
163846B28D15C00DC7EF1B0D4763A435F5A13Feb 25, 2017
670405C7FD440A6AF02FB71D74E4DF653B8CMar 15, 2017
67043BAA9C89349EF00FF6040F13E5EF4C61Mar 24, 2017
670461CC8BA1317FD281981334668BF1DFC3Mar 29, 2017
36084B4274C3E37016706AD52C2377B54FD1Apr 17, 2017
3608ADF0382BAF7E8CB601606B83E303E498Apr 26, 2017
16384B8D5CBD048BDA7139A0D3A2FD676BFDBApr 29, 2017
56729E654B61D2BE7B9688B461477B18C1C7May 3, 2017
3608ACE422C544380FBBEC7A6590420C8320May 15, 2017
6704C150F47E38DAFDEB8AAC52AD546FEB33May 18, 2017
360800ADDAE87FFEC049605144F79FC4DBA1May 19, 2017
3608B888215E96ACE2FE5E3D3B37D717B746May 21, 2017
360868E3BECFBC41A51D2C9CC87DE31F9A99May 31, 2017
512BF619EAC0CDF3F68D496EA9344137E8BMay 31, 2017
3608501677E8BF9D37A082A992D9634385EDJun 20, 2017
3608945E3A730F1F7B591ACF82FE26981078Aug 20, 2016
7736A4174CCB4E234464C6FF3C85E12C650AJan 9, 2017
464062968BD3F81976966587F119332FBA76Apr 24, 2017
6704FBFAD1BA6CDE95D49E98E3257A351864May 3, 2017
36084929585EA936D6B9E14B26F5FC65ECB7Jan 7, 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_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal^

  1. To enable deleting the http_www.search.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_www.search.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_www.search.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_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of http_www.search.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_www.search.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_www.search.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_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal. The name of the first found registry value referencing http_www.search.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_www.search.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_www.search.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal and Associated Malware.