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File: names.txt

Location of names.txt and Associated Malware

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

names.txt file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • [%ANY_DRIVE%]\Win\names.txt
  • C:\Win\names.txt

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


Different Variations of names.txt File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
1C9F0F895FB98AB9159F51FD0297E236DApr 28, 2014
2E369853DF766FA44E1ED0FF613F563BDJan 28, 2012
382AA4B0AF34C2313A562076992E50AA3Feb 16, 2012
311B9842E0A271FF252C1903E7132CD68Apr 15, 2012
23C59DC048E8850243BE8079A5C74D079Oct 24, 2012
335CF8659CFCB13224CBD47863A34FC58Mar 25, 2013
1C4CA4238A0B923820DCC509A6F75849BJun 23, 2017
2C4103F122D27677C9DB144CAE1394A66Sep 8, 2016
21F0E3DAD99908345F7439F8FFABDFFC4Feb 8, 2014
26512BD43D9CAA6E02C990B0A82652DCAFeb 13, 2014
193B885ADFE0DA089CDF634904FD59F71Apr 7, 2014
3CFECDB276F634854F3EF915E2E980C31Jul 27, 2014
3BEED13602B9B0E6ECB5B568FF5058F07Jul 3, 2015
1ECCBC87E4B5CE2FE28308FD9F2A7BAF3May 21, 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 names.txt^

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

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