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File: Yahoo! Search Updater

Location of Yahoo! Search Updater and Associated Malware

Check whether Yahoo! Search Updater is present in the following locations:

Yahoo! Search Updater file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Yahoo! Search Updater

If you find Yahoo! Search Updater 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 Yahoo! Search Updater file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.

Notes:

Different Variations of Yahoo! Search Updater File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
348827B0ECE99840A695DCECFC01EB51D486Dec 20, 2014
34941715A392504DD8921356006467591355Jan 11, 2015
352031461EF107CC95DAE0A86B5445CBEFFEFeb 17, 2015
34882066438986A0BE55624154145B661FF1May 15, 2015
349839DDDE08F7F84C061E5AA00814596BF3May 31, 2015
34863C1AC91DBA7BE2651CB2C27F6E5C94F4Jul 20, 2015
35949AAEC0E7F9532165EF957A556CB44F29Aug 8, 2015
3472269BB9AB89C3A80A52D2E488326F8D74Aug 27, 2015
34587234F20F1AD9C76AFF8298B7E91E529BSep 1, 2015
35601ED71A149FFF81F7118FFBDBF902F3E9Sep 18, 2015
34620871D8306422DEFA1BFA5C86BBF149B2Oct 22, 2015
348687837CEE994BB9EDEBB5C6F884F17035Oct 28, 2015
3572D0EFC5377DB20BD6D52F21B0A854F5B4Oct 29, 2015
36144D1E714F310284F2454187164BEF2C74Nov 27, 2015
3714D5556C30539817D01F4BB0496DAE1880Dec 9, 2015
34702F7D94729BA728FA25598D90333CAFD3Dec 12, 2015
3582E2017F15B1C52DBA3B091ABA280FD48DJan 8, 2016
37388B95F871F567B42E5096F2E21302967AJan 10, 2016
359491A4D38AE81F7DB8D174B94C39396FDCJan 20, 2016
3380E5D41FB1E3A7260140A511A8D97C8659Feb 2, 2016
3564D270D7AD71DC0FE11A212E92D27FD6C3Feb 13, 2016
362442606F2D98A9A669E7CEF7242485749DFeb 16, 2016
3560476734B96B9A1E6D9416B288BBBF551BMar 2, 2016
373681E787CACFF1D8609C14958F6147BE24Apr 8, 2016
35705C58A8F74A1E2FDAB4E6AF8530BC75FEApr 24, 2016
37124CA3BD2B96F456DCEA1EBE7C656F4507Apr 25, 2016
356411C2B853672BFFD7E48B41CFF9BB669BMay 28, 2016
3578F7A49E13EFFC24F7C155265897B3CD21Jun 27, 2016
3594239B587FF5F9F1FF848BF9D9BE87EE97Jul 9, 2016
34942D747E4B6882F73264AE64B7286258A3Jul 10, 2016
3582BFC1E8A875487A028A381F24C023756CJul 15, 2016
3552A5AB5479D2CA7040F4CE7F2B2A5ADB1DJul 20, 2016
35543648B3A97827B00B5CBE413438B38A50Jul 21, 2016
3734696BE95883F8A80DCC1E6779088E8720Aug 7, 2016
34888B9C4D7B666B99089EB52E666EC97DCEAug 28, 2016
3582F2062AE2E3233B8DAB415E9511E70135Sep 17, 2016
3470DA63B7D96CA7C441DBF3EC9A8C8973A9Sep 26, 2016
360633FECAC2FD4C8B9DFCD17D6E16234201Nov 8, 2016
255436A872CF03B0805AFA81BBAD083E51F5Jan 10, 2017
3578EF3CFF13DBC7CDC0C64EF96FB4A1949DJan 26, 2017
3594FE18B19CD3FE01AC3A41DA6BBE9F1EC9Jan 31, 2017
3570B9FF118DF28328623A84F53A39ABBC64Feb 20, 2017
3488063F25333CEC0069B933B180ECF1B7E6Mar 21, 2017
360677FD52E32EFFC3BB221DBD26309D00E0Apr 2, 2017
349428C7E46C5C4549308F9082ACD15D0808May 16, 2017
355633F055BB20F5B64AE1A0F3E8D0332D9BMay 21, 2017
35066F44DC5654B3D032ADE23FD5B7C4E414May 31, 2017
3536A79CE25230B71900E3A86F01E8EA2916Jun 18, 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 Yahoo! Search Updater^

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

    • The deletion of Yahoo! Search Updater 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 Yahoo! Search Updater 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 Yahoo! Search Updater 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 Yahoo! Search Updater. The name of the first found registry value referencing Yahoo! Search Updater 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 Yahoo! Search Updater, 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 Yahoo! Search Updater and Associated Malware.