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File: pets.url

Location of pets.url and Associated Malware

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

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\links\pets.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\home\pets.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\ on lifestyle\pets.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\links\pets.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\home\pets.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\ on lifestyle\pets.url

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


Different Variations of pets.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
13688DF49FF2C2C18EA2DCEBBB2FEBFD8E8Jun 13, 2010
102D447527596D19C982FB1D0239615D3C1Dec 1, 2010
2900F1D59B7F70D38F3BA923DC416B136ECJun 28, 2010
141C6F636FAC9A1937574C65336E6473A35Sep 29, 2010
2320A5988F0528D6E58FF4744C9B930BD79Apr 6, 2012
2426399A10232FEE92191909CFDC4A3402AOct 3, 2012
21300F864F4426838FFF2C8EC82899E8BAEDec 6, 2016
72A21FAFF07998CEF7299A5B3B40E63AC3Jun 29, 2010
7909A0641C1B795F9F9D55EBE923231DA9Jul 30, 2010
50ED81C196F279B189D45940D9131F5DD5Aug 30, 2010
47614123ACA76AF2084975E4611998EA1CMar 17, 2011
708F0186677BAE68CE932B25F9374A3A14Aug 17, 2012
4964A05DBB472B62284E371011442564C1Sep 11, 2012
47E76D3D3C963954C46F5536A6400464ABApr 19, 2013
8023881516F7BE41C09D31973BC4FB180BJan 9, 2010
6997DF4E55CD9273401D3C1354D3D4FFD8Apr 20, 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 pets.url^

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

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