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Brother Mel

File: whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml

Location of whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml and Associated Malware

Check whether whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\mozilla\firefox\profiles\[%PROFILE_FOLDER%]\searchPlugins\whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\[%PROFILE_FOLDER%]\searchPlugins\whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml

If you find whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml 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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.

Notes:

Different Variations of whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
1174CAF78F2B6CD32C90DC0406D9032C8611Mar 21, 2014
1102ED5DC5E6A34D33B0A6E970E79604EA48Mar 22, 2014
1142392AE743EB6AFAFD89F155D8EF1C723DApr 9, 2014
1102790AFA12DDDB4F1D6A098688F854C5D7Apr 13, 2014
110259CDFB7D5B0CC50E8B7ECBABF800C20DMay 4, 2014
1174269BAB238A55129E6E7351950AFF8393May 10, 2014
1102C63DA8FFC62F28F4BFDF286818351431May 10, 2014
110285AF78E35A079F6B5DB9918A93354A28May 20, 2014
110212FC1458BFC10DB5162E6F9C323AB45CJun 5, 2014
110215FD0B8D72CF755F0B3CB2A3F6927130Jun 22, 2014
11428A7AD74AA00B6AE008C1A67ABF65A153Jul 30, 2014
11027410DF6CA9A3F43FD08D515F6D414196Aug 10, 2014
11427301D444FD237B02D7DCCC8B610A0A3ESep 5, 2014
1174CEC1CB144D97BDA269DF43F228FEC688Oct 20, 2014
1102A20D43055504332BFEFF83993CE1C687Jan 4, 2015
11224EAADFAC7ADBE0895B0F7517E1180A0DMay 17, 2015
1102DD5F52D2E17BB0A5950E397FEDA1BA0DJun 13, 2015
1102AB0B00157A848B26B53DBB6A0BEDFF6BOct 15, 2015

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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml^

  1. To enable deleting the whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml 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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml 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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml 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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml 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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml 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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml. The name of the first found registry value referencing whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml 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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml, 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 whitesmoke-new-customized-web-search.xml and Associated Malware.