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File: msview.inf

Location of msview.inf and Associated Malware

Check whether msview.inf is present in the following locations:

msview.inf file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\inf\msview.inf

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific msview.inf file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Temp\msview.inf

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific msview.inf file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Temp\msview.inf

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


Different Variations of msview.inf File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
55634955C07F03C8DCF67800AD2ECE64992May 31, 2010
555A25E8E2ED745F09D075AFD16161A1E87Mar 11, 2011
5566E7C3F1693DABA3F5E1678F20D5E1B50Jun 18, 2010
555BDA9FC4E8E88CC4801435DB8557E1BEBMar 15, 2012
555C776B6D15049A34775FC634E1651EDDFMar 19, 2013

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 msview.inf^

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

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