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File: search-simple.xml

Location of search-simple.xml and Associated Malware

Check whether search-simple.xml is present in the following locations:

search-simple.xml file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\search-simple.xml

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific search-simple.xml file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\mozilla\firefox\profiles\[%PROFILE_FOLDER%]\searchPlugins\search-simple.xml

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific search-simple.xml file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\[%PROFILE_FOLDER%]\searchPlugins\search-simple.xml

If you find search-simple.xml 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-simple.xml file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of search-simple.xml File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
1225B44F7AEBD755F61F55E8650A90D6AFE6Aug 28, 2015
1219330841AC2158263EB3BCBE90BF4DACA1Sep 8, 2015
12252381C64FC721BF1F8CA9AC4FBCAEFFABSep 11, 2015
1189E493C586DEC14AD8F5EB8C84CCA38CADSep 18, 2015
12197F084E678F1666E2838065873CE5CB09Sep 22, 2015
12251F387821A9EA812E76C4AA8A2893726DOct 1, 2015
1225E78943B3A33D79A103EFEF18B09B3ADBOct 8, 2015
12225A02EBC33441874D858B0680C78E5111Oct 14, 2015
1222C846C8F1DEFBB53F70DECE894EC1736BNov 8, 2015
122595E1FEA953892AFB9344936566605278Nov 21, 2015
1219B59D38AF1780A7D58CB6A4557C2053CBJan 3, 2016
12220E6605C2198136AFFFB6765F7466070AJan 8, 2016
12258BF81E90555C5EE1BAF43EEB9D543F0CJan 10, 2016
121922CC222EB833A0A98D5E7B2D76A9C386Jan 12, 2016
12193EE2E325BF5AEF6EEFC38D4602E58856Jan 28, 2016
1225331E3E3AFF6CBC4E37AE90D5225033FBFeb 1, 2016
1219A70DEEC80C31C806571F9EA275CEC603Feb 9, 2016
1225174A9F9957F85C07FE0AAA290194E325Feb 16, 2016
1218F4AA37C9090D059062395C3D8A1B2749Mar 17, 2016
122576A68D6D1495D2FAF77626C29EB3F922Mar 24, 2016
12189958B4B8FDB592FF5D4F5BE077B89F78Apr 8, 2016
122885AEDB3CBD92419538F25EEF61F69E00May 4, 2016
1225FD7705E248CE557506F978ED7A4407BDMay 4, 2016
12190D7F640FD51E41891F468FCBF9C984D5May 11, 2016
1225CCE433EA656A5E303736863AB55C83A1May 18, 2016
123138B8C991B7D070030513F8AE2701E2E4May 24, 2016
122567124C82837FA2A5078A0E9A9455AB69May 30, 2016
12251AA33AAE32DC40F3AEE3920F2D2790D6Jun 1, 2016
1225EE914A26BCD645D6E51D6D2044F1B9B1Jun 11, 2016
122506B7A848B364D039716F21D1614B7E8FJun 20, 2016
12251299B96A948E85D2B9BD198A90AE8959Jul 9, 2016
1225230051E141A88212C612B56E7533C008Jul 21, 2016
122280470B1C3FB4296383D748E704FF1721Jul 25, 2016
1225B88ED7EE4FE06F002205BAA4EE6081E6Aug 8, 2016
12251E95A098DBA2EFE222862E3C400E11BBSep 13, 2016
12256A1C22C646B790D09B9234E3CB440422Sep 17, 2016
1222FB3D7C8403CB63814112AC8E72FB3D47Sep 25, 2016
1219357F893ED0847FF1CD479E3ED2348187Nov 8, 2016
121988A434196684DE0B6CCCAA1CBA321E3DNov 14, 2016
1218275A5E055D65FA38C2DF1483C82F7167Dec 9, 2016
121573C7FA24BBDDE2B542EC452AF8DE9C68Dec 18, 2016
121931B77C1D6FE4B1C3B2F7F6A2078F3AEFJan 7, 2017
1225D770AB6588381F87834F11F4F91F4B59Jan 7, 2017
123466491DF162BBEC9B46E733DA607BF9AFJan 18, 2017
122527C2B56720DFA88294FB4FFD923C009EJan 24, 2017
12194811DF4C5E7246B4E3F8519366CB3F13Jan 30, 2017
122885B57A4535539EF5FFEA728012569165Feb 5, 2017
122227E0CEA342CF843F11522552C1FC2921Feb 10, 2017
1219F6203C2EC62690686A4819790A14D6C3Feb 20, 2017
11898DC70E03C22927F7B919B73BE59F6F9FFeb 27, 2017
11420C5E6DDE3DAB2D93C0C578C679A747FDMar 4, 2017
122508E1B3B6D8C88CC4AF0FE1F93494B566Mar 15, 2017

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-simple.xml^

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

    • The deletion of search-simple.xml 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-simple.xml 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-simple.xml 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-simple.xml. The name of the first found registry value referencing search-simple.xml 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-simple.xml, 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-simple.xml and Associated Malware.