Exterminate It! Antimalware


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I have had major computer issues in the last week. I was infected with the Darksma and Vundo downloader trojans. After researching the net for possible solutions, i found they are extremely difficult to remove. I tried a variety of spyware removal tools to no avail. To do it manually is near on impossible.
The symptoms are, computer runs slow, constant ad pop ups, hijacking of emails, theft of information and locking of a variety of functions.
I then found buried deep in a google search a link to Exterminate It. After reading it, I downloaded to do a free scan and a lot of stuff no other spyware had found showed up. So i went searching the locations and sure enough the files where there on my system. I tried removing them with no luck. So i spent the $25 usa to activate.
It removed all but 4. I was disappointed that the Trojans once again reloaded and my problems continued. So, i used the SUBMIT STATE service. I supplied all the info i could gather, pop up addys and what they were for , what others programs had found and Exterminate had missed etc. Within 24 hours i received and email telling me they had updated there system and to download it. I rescanned the system and it deleted all the previous locked files.
Darksma and Vundo downloader trojans have not done their re appearing act since and my comp is running normal again.

It's worth remembering the addy or downloading it to see what it finds. I had no problems doing so in anyway with this program. They done what they said they would on there web site in under the time frame.


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File: MAXDriverUpdater_UPDATES

Location of MAXDriverUpdater_UPDATES and Associated Malware

Check whether MAXDriverUpdater_UPDATES is present in the following locations:

MAXDriverUpdater_UPDATES file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\MAXDriverUpdater_UPDATES

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


Different Variations of MAXDriverUpdater_UPDATES File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
30489BB6E68A7F5CE98303160EAA407371A8Feb 29, 2016
3006C957D7387ED057E6E9F0B441C18AC4B0Apr 3, 2016
2800D3B9FCD2F0D0A3E921B37276A5C3D11DMay 4, 2016
30104BA58FF8E6A45C74E8545A5CDC56C3C5May 14, 2016
310060537FE123287348C460F5A283A2C7B8Aug 9, 2016
30089CD9732249D0D2F07F3DC4497FA3AA27Sep 11, 2016
3060BF3A0857E19C7FC998D4AC42BD766A8CSep 20, 2016
30300573D3E0603B522F7228ABE5C58AB04AOct 18, 2016
3128EEB37003853FBE83AFFD80231ED0DA49Dec 31, 2016
30122D185C4DF45F206838A3B2A1FF137CF9Feb 12, 2017
3020FD7B15F58E4A4E144C140441B62EEBCFMay 15, 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 MAXDriverUpdater_UPDATES^

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

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