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File: SystemSockets.job

Location of SystemSockets.job and Associated Malware

Check whether SystemSockets.job is present in the following locations:

SystemSockets.job file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\Tasks\SystemSockets.job

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


Different Variations of SystemSockets.job File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
412F3EC87325947292824AC23755D73F4DEFeb 12, 2014
470C8BB24FCC0FFF604B67EA75C8EA4F648Apr 2, 2014
2801DE002D56069C82905ADFF0642FC248BApr 8, 2014
430B10137157C841B9533E21EE72A2F5E81Apr 29, 2014
4764B335DC2829DAEFF41A939D6E2E7715CMay 13, 2014
4208E8C40139BD42114B54BAB964C5C7BCCMay 23, 2014
43400A808A45778D5EE9AD4D7E78443C66BJun 8, 2014
462489C24F80E88E05A3A35338089D2D95ASep 19, 2014
4280C58000AA215546D00FF17687E3DB77DSep 19, 2014
402A581A24C609A345FA164D6D81DC8F49AOct 20, 2014
462719AD5F8BD681F9723247909EF26E942Nov 10, 2014
408048EC13350A387918B612732BADC6BE0Dec 12, 2014
4123E8C667AF0C72B8607478AEA8094F263Sep 5, 2015
3927DFDFB5507AB0199EE7BB6573450922CDec 11, 2015
3903847DB191D0FD4BB661125F93488E40DFeb 20, 2016
4087F89228943318311CE07E3CADEEA7810Dec 12, 2014

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 SystemSockets.job^

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

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