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File: WinZip Malware Protector_startup

Location of WinZip Malware Protector_startup and Associated Malware

Check whether WinZip Malware Protector_startup is present in the following locations:

WinZip Malware Protector_startup file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\WinZip Malware Protector_startup

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


Different Variations of WinZip Malware Protector_startup File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
31047B35AEB3134AA232B95AE6243D478665Jan 4, 2015
3244D316BC6439545D00483FDFE6099A6AA7Dec 28, 2015
3104FA69083D44A90B889610E2E0DACC8177Jan 23, 2016
31040FFE1630B7F833431AFF73E9F15E4103Apr 15, 2016
3246DAF8DBDE57F91A807A7C5CBBC6ADE146Apr 19, 2016
324633496A6B48EEA8C48F550C1C47109F76Jun 22, 2016
32460557EEE0A2DFB210E6608E1E1102182BJul 15, 2016
30908BDFF7455102A0BF6030074FC1E4A6F0Sep 11, 2016
3090219CFB48E5EB7D5ABD98D6594971FAF5Oct 28, 2016
31048608C8F76C7EAAFAAFB110CC54A7E75BJan 4, 2017
3088C444200B520CF549DE9CDF095CD85793Mar 8, 2017
3104CB16BBDA08B0CEEDE7196AEB7223CC02Apr 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 WinZip Malware Protector_startup^

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

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