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File: WinThruster_period.job

Location of WinThruster_period.job and Associated Malware

Check whether WinThruster_period.job is present in the following locations:

WinThruster_period.job file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\TASKS\WinThruster_period.job

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


Different Variations of WinThruster_period.job File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
2968D398A4F203F045BC0725F3D8B73262EMay 22, 2016
284A193FF57B7B3ABEEC142508E7B7D8DDEJun 5, 2016
27608E76EDD768107791A32D82988BA0A43Jun 7, 2016
266D22EEA8BD4862DAA6B05BA23398EF91DJun 8, 2016
266810D23266980F3500B2246C82FF8FB86Jun 11, 2016
2907C61E9EBC0A0099EBE3FCD13C30CB37AJun 13, 2016
294A6A2F8E9DD283770990A05442D42CD87Jun 17, 2016
300F51DEB33D41EA0430503D15CB5CBE6D2Jun 26, 2016
30297A78D0C2AE09BB47C9A80DDF38712CDAug 30, 2016
306C85A3E7468EBB100A2FE48569FDEA11AJan 5, 2017
276FC34D2E3DCE30F9AD1B6893E55B2C690Jan 23, 2017

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 WinThruster_period.job^

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

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