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File: k.txt

Location of k.txt and Associated Malware

Check whether k.txt is present in the following locations:

k.txt file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\k.txt

If you find k.txt 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 k.txt file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.

Notes:

Different Variations of k.txt File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
2897A13B1156229E3B8CFBA82F76A2B0E15FJan 17, 2010
31085CFAFC90D75507CB2F00B42881EE4507Jan 20, 2010
2853E2F415AD3AE6C79CAA521E0CCA4A01C7Mar 23, 2010
2918D354AD71A060916908A4852346EB0DA4Apr 1, 2010
2927F0BC790031902B45BBB809A19FBE1464May 6, 2010
1568D6C3E9C3E10FD7197C6D546AC7007FDMay 7, 2010
29352E91A439DB26C450C74CECE409EDF555May 21, 2010
29375F05502B914FF6F44443C67C0D6EAE11May 31, 2010
2939FDEE252B0DFAE3A0AE49F19D725EA76BJun 1, 2010
2916C8C9DFFA055C443AF785B666B6F50086Jun 1, 2010
13249C7EC1F875F4F154FC70101A9849E3C9Jul 10, 2010
2934DEC50827C03943CDC4F6F69A3D121790Jul 30, 2010
29355ADA80A68795064CD72A4F35AAA8AE2EAug 20, 2010
28042F57771A22B5FC1DC1CE4119344F915EAug 31, 2010
29586D5D402B6FBDE768DEE0933B5649681ESep 1, 2010
292955E12C5F620A7896BA050A59D5DE80C2Sep 10, 2010
29475C49C2103F3E399BCC18C4A119567B03Oct 5, 2010
2929CD58A9B909C9646EC34C14AD8DB388E7Oct 9, 2010
4992711947C7697A7C0C68F397DC044A34C8Oct 20, 2010
282482B18E13E2643F71B13037FC1F6CC062Oct 26, 2010
294077BE377357F90DA2728F773E4485B4AFNov 28, 2010
92515E8E8252B57E65208845E7DA795EF32Jan 7, 2011
280689D92C243D209FD996E1B904BD499E31Feb 28, 2011
28284C2983B1EB869AC75C3535D9B761FC91Apr 26, 2011
1377DE44FB999D9B59396D040ECE65970977May 9, 2011
29232B10A3D86095E6E996A0D9CE5EF99FAAMay 19, 2011
2845FE68F1D1C9C9F24396C59CBE1A1482B8Jul 1, 2011
914598F4A09A83FA88420129006C49F390Jul 18, 2011
28959DA3248409D2ACE859CF17B2328E0D13Oct 17, 2011
2942332EEA7F5D444F650E508AB95228A80CFeb 22, 2012
2927B67A4CCCDCC0EE213C8A778F4A8D43FBJun 5, 2012
277016076441E1C172DD0123E74AD73827E0Jul 8, 2016

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 k.txt^

  1. To enable deleting the k.txt 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 k.txt and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of k.txt 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 k.txt and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of k.txt 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 k.txt 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 k.txt 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 k.txt. The name of the first found registry value referencing k.txt 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 k.txt, 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 k.txt and Associated Malware.