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File: PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup

Location of PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup and Associated Malware

Check whether PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup is present in the following locations:

PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\pss\PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup

If you find PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup 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 PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
256000748492545412B161E3B1FD4D1B40F620Mar 10, 2014
225280EAA861C8CD8CB16D9D0DB4FA09795782Nov 16, 2014
1899526C93824E607AFB39E448CAC84EC2B4BFMay 8, 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 PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup^

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

    • The deletion of PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup 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 PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup 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 PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup 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 PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup. The name of the first found registry value referencing PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup 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 PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup, 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 PowerReg Scheduler.exeStartup and Associated Malware.