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File: ViewPassword Update

Location of ViewPassword Update and Associated Malware

Check whether ViewPassword Update is present in the following locations:

ViewPassword Update file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\ViewPassword Update

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

Notes:

Different Variations of ViewPassword Update File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3082363B74F1534050D515DA1E1977FE366EJun 26, 2014
308270B1095A278BD24EF7C8D85790856098Jun 29, 2014
3044B15AD23C9F088575B477289B4383D9F9Jul 2, 2014
3034C9208EFF12EADA0618ED351546AE3372Jul 24, 2014
30383BE495B39EDC42D2A2A04D6FE148058BAug 6, 2014
3046D6E81703EBBEF08C4623D5A50CB88D25Aug 23, 2014
3022247E9147993916980CF5FB69EBD211FCMar 7, 2015
3042FCFB98797B54447A6D905CC80D0575DDApr 22, 2015
3080B437A9D423FE8D37295A027804F85D4FMay 19, 2016

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 ViewPassword Update^

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

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