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File: WinTOOL

Location of WinTOOL and Associated Malware

Check whether WinTOOL is present in the following locations:

WinTOOL file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\WinTOOL
IMPORTANT: Malware files can be camouflaged with the same file names as legitimate files. The WinTOOL file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of WinTOOL File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
144760B98A8BED664A92A1145F1A7B3C476B0Jan 9, 2017
3638ED6F2FBD55CDC018B0FBF56D3B599120Jan 14, 2017
3640BA5FDEE406E19E93CE408345A95D5EFDJan 16, 2017
3656A43A63BC39B67468DC2CFDDD74736EE3Jan 26, 2017
36361C9340065E4AD3A98C306E52864755C6Jan 30, 2017
364082245336D5ED503DAF0ABC5FBAFE4BB6Feb 2, 2017
363849D88DD8820592DE638422DDB27B9FBDFeb 4, 2017
36366E9E09C7899EF135B357C0B00CFE7F6FFeb 8, 2017
3656571CC0CF71C5B040E39CD50384CD6FE5Feb 17, 2017
364261EDB163ED84A4B4473F4D3A53D1DB15Feb 20, 2017
36428FF66CBF9CDE5B2E9984C140A0AA7850Feb 24, 2017
3634395180C24B6FC073A4FB8E4F867F88FFFeb 24, 2017
36465074C29872197942E4DD204E8F9EF48AMar 7, 2017
363872CB33D9A56209D77EB2892DDB18C53BMar 7, 2017
144686D70526D3E78F24857131CB72F75A374Mar 8, 2017
14480534E7E695E3FA707847D30D0DCB66B7EMar 15, 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 WinTOOL^

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

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