Exterminate It! Antimalware


Known threats:700,086 Last Update:March 16, 12:51


I have had major computer issues in the last week. I was infected with the Darksma and Vundo downloader trojans. After researching the net for possible solutions, i found they are extremely difficult to remove. I tried a variety of spyware removal tools to no avail. To do it manually is near on impossible.
The symptoms are, computer runs slow, constant ad pop ups, hijacking of emails, theft of information and locking of a variety of functions.
I then found buried deep in a google search a link to Exterminate It. After reading it, I downloaded to do a free scan and a lot of stuff no other spyware had found showed up. So i went searching the locations and sure enough the files where there on my system. I tried removing them with no luck. So i spent the $25 usa to activate.
It removed all but 4. I was disappointed that the Trojans once again reloaded and my problems continued. So, i used the SUBMIT STATE service. I supplied all the info i could gather, pop up addys and what they were for , what others programs had found and Exterminate had missed etc. Within 24 hours i received and email telling me they had updated there system and to download it. I rescanned the system and it deleted all the previous locked files.
Darksma and Vundo downloader trojans have not done their re appearing act since and my comp is running normal again.

It's worth remembering the addy or downloading it to see what it finds. I had no problems doing so in anyway with this program. They done what they said they would on there web site in under the time frame.


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File: zcengine.log

Location of zcengine.log and Associated Malware

Check whether zcengine.log is present in the following locations:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific zcengine.log file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Temp\zcengine.log

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific zcengine.log file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Temp\zcengine.log

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


Different Variations of zcengine.log File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
26992F401123CAF2C3B894CA32FF7B4A92E1Dec 29, 2015
12183792A5EC4B90CE53501B6F4003758772Jan 4, 2016
1844F3589DA4872F1DD8D41C476502EA0C6EJan 4, 2016
11983BA06C3E7BC7E9275C303D482DF45D6EJan 4, 2016
2979402AF49B1D5E314F001EC60442E92CFEJan 11, 2016
1895DB333F85ABC153E0D85F21355019A677Jan 15, 2016
3790A4A1DCBBBA557271C47EDD4F45C77761Jan 23, 2016
62721C66FDF2FE6B6B5870FA2F553BEB96B8Jan 25, 2016
8322B5CF1F3026D02AC348DE2680CB43481Jan 28, 2016
315079D4D9C7E332B64E9250AA1D97D08683Feb 2, 2016
3159163F6ACC712251B421B3FCE133DC7970Feb 2, 2016
22051458CADE944D67A48E93676719EE1A20Feb 3, 2016
418703C9348841476F9C502CBD2B5148463FFeb 9, 2016
238982C2390671DE9363C9A88DCD3E28B73AFeb 10, 2016
3250E41134B714FACF9C6F5022781035591CFeb 11, 2016
1197B36BE7BE26C85AFD025521A1357A2D5EFeb 11, 2016
1198820F1233599C637B9F68C4BA2AE678C9Feb 17, 2016
13713547D3CDF5A84A11B67ED9D723A05829Feb 24, 2016
1642D91E9B10C488C2E937403F14151B9DF3Feb 24, 2016
18947F5E37C3EFF4AD25DAD48D8366DE3E0AMar 15, 2016
2198C21FB9B359BCA535E6A29975C480D7CDApr 14, 2016
1346B8914E24816785DAD27E6212EC467BF6Apr 24, 2016
2162CF5F9857EF043FA3EEEA9F340794FA72Oct 10, 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 zcengine.log^

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

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