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File: unins000.dat

Location of unins000.dat and Associated Malware

Check whether unins000.dat is present in the following locations:

unins000.dat file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Program Files\Helper\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\mretset\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\DriveCleaner 2006 Free\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\mdsa software\uninst\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\MSWSPXP\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\remotewatch\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\Antispyware Soldier\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\StaffCop Agent\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\SystemDoctor 2006 Free\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\TrustyHound-TS\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\WinAntiSpyware 2006 Free\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\WinAntiSpyware 2007\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\WinFixer2005\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\Active Sudoku\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\TitanShield Antispyware\unins000.dat

If you find unins000.dat 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 unins000.dat file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of unins000.dat File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
40336668B60478910B8AD398B158AD77084E88Aug 21, 2011
2755461A6EF9229DB385875638F589ED2B3846Sep 25, 2011
21516ED1FAA670D3ADDC6F738995935FA8F2Mar 1, 2012
131137EA8AEB6E7EFB4F147E9A401B010779DEFeb 8, 2010

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 unins000.dat^

  1. To enable deleting the unins000.dat 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 unins000.dat and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of unins000.dat 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 unins000.dat and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of unins000.dat 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 unins000.dat 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 unins000.dat 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 unins000.dat. The name of the first found registry value referencing unins000.dat 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 unins000.dat, 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 unins000.dat and Associated Malware.