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File: https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage

Location of https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage and Associated Malware

Check whether https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Default\Local Storage\https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Local Storage\https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\ChromeDefaultData\Local Storage\https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Default\Local Storage\https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Local Storage\https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\ChromeDefaultData\Local Storage\https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage

If you find https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_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 https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
5242880F6879D92EB355E3FAAC5DC1EA0C0FAFFeb 15, 2016
5242887A75CA2D64875CA26D5DB64117381584Feb 16, 2016
492544CE8DA9B78561707EDE578D2094C61432Mar 15, 2016
5242883CAB2949D4B3AED0E1B9C7407F25285EMar 15, 2016
5242888F4C6D55800E128EA88BEED0E630F075Mar 22, 2016
49152049CF2DEAB5362CD8F5BA930E1B354937Apr 6, 2016
4915204FF416B2093B25FF03194F0373B04DE7Apr 7, 2016
557056EEFE5A9F24C26380B400E8AD1B27DC69Jun 3, 2016
52428816822F75F05AE2766D26CB544B88F091Sep 7, 2016
49766417C769C22C078AFB3C9E677E1B56289DSep 18, 2016
49254497F1A5F1AB5CC5974B44F1EB2572CAF4Oct 27, 2016
5242887D164AC82CCA032462EAFB59C7C04B56Nov 23, 2016
525312CEB45F0EE1F4BB3282A7BB6CE189BF89Feb 10, 2017
589824AE66879F6A37D5FEBE431304E9F434ACFeb 25, 2017
491520A282D42D0DCCDCC97ED85F6B4D201D08May 4, 2017
30728A938E707FC37E18471652B15C6617E9Mar 19, 2016
30722AB8CE37B867675BF00DF5E769C374FDDec 18, 2016
3072C864CFC7FA85D290E6221CBC11850DCCDec 29, 2016
5242887884C9ABB37DDB1B5E1F449C6134C1C4Feb 28, 2017
5570563BA0D6858B24C0ACA1BE436B900EAA03May 8, 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 https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage^

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

    • The deletion of https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_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 https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_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 https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_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 https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage. The name of the first found registry value referencing https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_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 https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_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 https_searchmywindow-a.akamaihd.net_0.localstorage and Associated Malware.