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File: SomotoUpdateCheckerAutoStart

Location of SomotoUpdateCheckerAutoStart and Associated Malware

Check whether SomotoUpdateCheckerAutoStart is present in the following locations:

SomotoUpdateCheckerAutoStart file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\SomotoUpdateCheckerAutoStart

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

Notes:

Different Variations of SomotoUpdateCheckerAutoStart File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3258F1CCCE172C0A2E2D5797E1E041B760A5Jan 23, 2015
3248C5E31604B56E11735532C8F7D1DBC5FEFeb 1, 2015
325668801426A3C6E110C113D325621E26A3Mar 24, 2015
324866D42703B03565BA706D9924FD9DEE58Mar 26, 2015
3294840D15F62710BA156E35733BB65D6573Apr 7, 2015
32483D13522BC5B0A2F5441A77312074F6C7May 26, 2015
3268C617F4E165A84D0C3A850C1EBB71C279Jul 4, 2015
3260244B00F16D1A3B616C814E0571297D2CJul 31, 2015
3248B407489BFDCB4112A771C7F115C4AB33Sep 10, 2015
3242191080856480D2C98585731A558A2EF6Sep 18, 2015
3236CC2A60A363E4788C6D50DFF81A558B7AOct 20, 2015
3294CB64D656D7E3D30757687B36DD5EB6B3Nov 11, 2015
32468A2DAA7E06FCC1F05C1EAE4FF980C6B9Nov 24, 2015
3240394B34DF34BDAE024E0CA9CBCFA558BFDec 4, 2015
3244CF5EAB4C46F528D6241C0262013C28FBJan 22, 2016
3230457A445C1141D4F30CC89EBB702284DAFeb 3, 2016
323698294992C2EBBB0CBC9D8F0031A0505BFeb 10, 2016
3282463EDCB19FD06CEDEC14580B2031703BFeb 11, 2016
3364769C912F6D50DAE1BEAB54876F42F39AFeb 17, 2016
258825EAA5BAA8179384BC44092481052979Apr 14, 2016
25922AB5FE77AAF54A90234D4E5391495CC0May 10, 2016
32465FED4D9B3C7657A2DC7ABCB09D2241E8Jun 3, 2016
32546D1B59AB4610B3573F6B0E0FD694C28BJun 10, 2016
3288F9A00401416105626CD75D73443A6267Jul 21, 2016
333474FF633322480E641B57C6C98C9F946FSep 5, 2016
32481813AA0584CDB9F6D10A1E1F8193100ASep 26, 2016
32303DC2518E294BDEBD6E732CDF3E244E65Oct 26, 2016
32306FBBCDA18B6730C34BEE0FA2AA5960F7Nov 13, 2016
3254C91348C6E42877579073A18EA5E22CADDec 11, 2016
3296F88692D2B095458F6EB312E855ED8FD6Feb 6, 2017
3244C94655AB329CE1F92FDB1E05F0BBA255Feb 15, 2017
3260D46EFA8CDC58BD0EA1ECA078568D8C05Feb 24, 2017
32906EE9EE91005838DFFFB8FE0A7CF9FD3BMar 24, 2017
3244D805097F0A956886484F4E1CC4B1259DApr 9, 2017
324694A5B2154B46A26F7045E0F65753EF7BApr 25, 2017
32425C61B65C03727C35771E3255364499FEMay 18, 2017
26027728212CE68C663ACCF5EE428C74BABDMay 23, 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 SomotoUpdateCheckerAutoStart^

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

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