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File: movies.url

Location of movies.url and Associated Malware

Check whether movies.url is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific movies.url file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\favorites\movies.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\favorites\music and movies\movies.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\links\movies.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Favorites\links\movies.url

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific movies.url file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\favorites\movies.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\favorites\music and movies\movies.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\links\movies.url
  • [%COMMON_FAVORITES%]\links\movies.url

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


Different Variations of movies.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
1992C57F37AEFC467867771586EF7C62E26Jun 4, 2010
24746ED9A5689847041830B1AADA6CD8118Jun 7, 2010
24194788C3E099063D478FA65DFFF14480EJun 7, 2010
214D22A7BE2BD3D96A407588E2738A73407Jun 8, 2010
2765325D818422492695860C77B62FBC96BJun 8, 2010
1454C0FEBC9C89AB87D3B8338DC21541371May 14, 2010
15351742AEEFF6CB9D0E65F6A88D0321F38May 19, 2010
11931DAD0DA100FC3C4D77CC66E3C3D0A915Dec 31, 2009
934A723C4D0C02C523BBCA2A78981EFCF8Jan 5, 2010
221597A80B2DF4369AE64E33763272422FBJan 16, 2010
140C4FBB5697EDB9ACD78270B6C105420F2Feb 12, 2010
2254C81F3B99DFA5738048CFAEC60FDB4B4Feb 16, 2010
229297AD6492E039959C05D7A37E1BA2F3CMar 1, 2010
1779DC177622625B0D61F1A34F8F9534D20Mar 7, 2010
14449CD321D0C802D81B61169F1F573F4F42Mar 24, 2010
138A9C51D6A701A56743CED6EF0E0072B22Mar 27, 2010
73B154E6E2DB144410DA2090580CA879ADMar 29, 2010
552D0010E8559AD7F6559A8502F260657CCApr 4, 2010
23141740329F5E9FAF518D057DAB77CC3EDApr 20, 2010
46DD441D842843E86CE1C1A0D3926A2E7BApr 25, 2010
181C26FCAD1224A80218202E7381FEE2656Apr 29, 2010
17766FC34C4587A3748F16F551A85231D2233May 7, 2010
1568D4B974C4A827D81A9AAEFE0C951CAC0Mar 9, 2010
15618A5D166A1DAA0246626439FCAF5F9FFMar 24, 2010

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 movies.url^

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

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