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File: video games.url

Location of video games.url and Associated Malware

Check whether video games.url is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific video games.url file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Favorites\games\video games.url

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific video games.url file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\Favorites\games\video games.url

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

Notes:

Different Variations of video games.url File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
143A8053FF64B8A8B15BA28946E75EADDEBJun 13, 2010
84B133796A03C468211FE6EED84307A1C0Dec 24, 2010
1157FAB03577019A00EB1FF01A3E3B7DDEBMay 17, 2011
109BB8FBF13BFD359D5A1459E6B67CA2AABMar 26, 2012
131216C34128D6040B330358F3F289CB49EOct 29, 2012
109E9322041E0C386A0EE7C5D8463A158BBNov 17, 2012
149DBB63747558F26323DA533E1A1771D70Jan 12, 2013
160596D224B6D9BE4DD7457313E5C2A9084Jul 18, 2013
1097D91FAFD9DC38CB876E65C66DCDB76AEFeb 4, 2010
175285F4D15502404279F156E71B625096BMar 25, 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 video games.url^

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

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