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Thanks so much for your help. For now, this seemed to have solved the problem and found all the infected files. I'll keep you updated, as I know this virus can be very hard to kill.

Thanks a million.


File: Search Online.url

Location of Search Online.url and Associated Malware

Check whether Search Online.url is present in the following locations:

Search Online.url file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • [%DESKTOP%]\Search Online.url

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

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\Search Online.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Start Menu\Search Online.url
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Start Menu\Programs\Search Online.url

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

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\Search Online.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Search Online.url
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Search Online.url

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


Different Variations of Search Online.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
172128B874FE3D175FAF5C79C39D95F14ADJan 6, 2010
172B8FB2BD80B9150345361F2B2EA89C0CDMar 6, 2010
1566A4D000621DF5C07453D199863CE958AMay 21, 2010
1563F407732B266548580D9B5E3E2AE42FCJul 10, 2010
1337D28897C4B4B5AF3DF72CB505E6208D5Jul 26, 2010
1938699DDBB767AD6AC290BA4474E1F5824Oct 6, 2010
15647237477DB91A8D8EB6B09CE0F2199EDMay 2, 2011
172A137BE2C0B495B2AFE182E6F658EAF60Jan 16, 2011
172A2379A18459FC100670F1869E15CDDEBFeb 7, 2011
156D71669DE10AD49507E3593F5C6F6F8E4Feb 14, 2011
2010BBF3C59E37B0697EC400B1F13A10F4BMay 19, 2011
217964758D748FDD83347C7A973823A2085Sep 9, 2011
156DDC4401535967F890A2DD2F9B385F2FAJun 5, 2012
1723ACF016EFA367D3E6BD06075444856D0Jan 20, 2014
1729E96758F739EF791FB5F9A5F727DFE4COct 9, 2014
262658B695EBA0E74540C387EA2EA55C3ABDec 29, 2016
177E3B92363406ADA299330C0F2BEA052C8May 31, 2010
15842D43FE5ECF7B8ACE5CD10501E6337FDFeb 22, 2011

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 Search Online.url^

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

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