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File: playstation.url

Location of playstation.url and Associated Malware

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

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\ computers\games\playstation.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\games\playstation.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\ computers\games\playstation.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\games\playstation.url

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


Different Variations of playstation.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
980D7E43794FD1654D618C943539F280FENov 28, 2010
173708FF757A78690A86AAD8C408E2C78CAMar 14, 2011
223C88DE9E7A7511191EE1CDD965A5D84A8Jun 2, 2010
14329A0B43368277D906CACB09C7DBE3D0DJun 13, 2010
607651D7FD997E5CAB83D5A0A1340C24BCJun 13, 2010
1151114F49B792FD5D95A0A53D497AD596FJul 13, 2010
288FFD2D57D1D85032E0C6F4DFE15527916Nov 20, 2010
15073EB85F895697B2028426C53FE75F638Mar 21, 2011
1739548E35E399E71930649FBD9E7EA496CApr 19, 2010
1093A53AAA5DA19DC04F9A6CDC20756AFDAFeb 4, 2010
8286E6E83C5E9B50EC383182242509A246Apr 19, 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 playstation.url^

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

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