Exterminate It! Antimalware


Known threats:700,085 Last Update:March 01, 12:55


Dear Jean,

Thank you for your follow-up. I did indeed use the Submit State feature last night and this morning, your team sent me instructions to run an 'update' and then re-run Exterminate It! on the PC. I just finished that process and the new update wiped it out. I ran my regular anti-spy/anti-virus to double-check and it wasn't able to detect it either. I appreciate the support from both you and your team.

Linda D.

File: WinKit

Location of WinKit and Associated Malware

Check whether WinKit is present in the following locations:

WinKit file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\WinKit

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


Different Variations of WinKit File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3306EEE890F92FFFCE79208848D7151F1BC6Sep 12, 2015
3244BA025ECD82863999A4374C23C001E62DSep 25, 2015
322603F2BA3C2ECB9AF89CE256E8DDFCB009Oct 27, 2015
327669FBA01961888592415C923397A7477FNov 2, 2015
32942BFF8DD7E01E03D157F989F1A7CC1E6ANov 12, 2015
331603938E972E701B30472E7F709A062182Nov 13, 2015
3368FB83C4DB4471C125B6946D45992F252BDec 4, 2015
3252D3C68A14AE850E8DA21604173D833E8ADec 31, 2015
3300EA21ED0326AE5F2710228CAAE98605E4Feb 15, 2016
322007B76FC7CDA7042F214086A23C48910EMay 29, 2016
3244B34724F0FCBCC81D4380871077171F6EAug 12, 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 WinKit^

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

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