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File: remove spyware.url

Location of remove spyware.url and Associated Malware

Check whether remove spyware.url is present in the following locations:

remove spyware.url file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • [%DESKTOP%]\remove spyware.url

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\Remove Spyware.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\Remove Spyware.url

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

Notes:

Different Variations of remove spyware.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
9469F0E9241312E3BF37B4DB2FA0AF90F6Jul 1, 2010
254254C5CB50C63058ED47F8F339501D622Mar 9, 2011
1167CBE7A5C9A20B0D3049E9312C2D25C57Jul 26, 2011
101AF9D57F8F78D837290D2819EEA8DCBCFApr 12, 2012

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 remove spyware.url^

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

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