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File: Searchya

Location of Searchya and Associated Malware

Check whether Searchya is present in the following locations:

Searchya file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Searchya

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

Notes:

Different Variations of Searchya File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
35089CE2FFA53471CCBFB8F380EEA8F8BAFCApr 3, 2015
33061DF69943976E72EE8518925FB5FD417AJul 28, 2015
3232CA490C5B42313CD4D8A1FD03989AFDE4Jan 21, 2016
329689A867DD4AE7522F5F48F4E15EE8D8F9Mar 30, 2016
32807C4646B06B5AFD4356EF4A2BC533E396Dec 19, 2016
3232450AEF38C405B647DAC1E2CCAC81CA36Jan 16, 2017
3288F40D8815D3540DE8ED3414ABCF024950May 4, 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 Searchya^

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

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