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File: Main.dat

Location of Main.dat and Associated Malware

Check whether Main.dat is present in the following locations:

Main.dat file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • [%SYSTEMX86%]\Config\Systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\Main.dat
  • [%SYSTEMX86%]\Config\Systemprofile\AppData\Local\Main.dat

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific Main.dat file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Main.dat
  • C:\Windows\System32\Config\SystemProfile\Application Data\Main.dat
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\Main.dat
  • C:\Windows\System32\Config\SystemProfile\Local Settings\Application Data\Main.dat

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific Main.dat file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Main.dat
  • C:\Windows\System32\Config\SystemProfile\AppData\Roaming\Main.dat
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Main.dat
  • C:\Windows\System32\Config\SystemProfile\AppData\Local\Main.dat

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


Different Variations of Main.dat File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
18432786D4A57565D1FCE63D70B76848BD693Oct 9, 2017
18432439650E4461CAC28B27DD7A3C5EAB59BOct 11, 2017
184322FAD94254438569FFD53DCD4D6BF3A2BNov 3, 2017
18432678B326A7971FD4C13F47E35FB3E8D29Sep 16, 2018
184327173648E0D40044E565BFA0B2B074CE5Nov 2, 2018
18432FE4CD25288E7F7E055CC6168BF18DAECDec 11, 2019

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 Main.dat^

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

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