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Hi Jean,

all done. I presume it went smoothly as the computer has not disintegrated into a pile of twinkling dust.

Very many thanks for you help and patience at Exterminate-it. When I contacted Exterminate-it and loaded down your software I was on to my third antispyware company to solve a problem. Two companies had refunded subscription fees to my credit card rather than persevere to fix the problem.

Your team has guided me through the problem. My system has continued to operate through the whole procedure and you have been endearing patient with an old computer geek.

Keep up the excellent work,


File: zcengineOff.ini

Location of zcengineOff.ini and Associated Malware

Check whether zcengineOff.ini is present in the following locations:

zcengineOff.ini file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\zcengineOff.ini

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


Different Variations of zcengineOff.ini File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
123924AFB602A3B1EC8CFBFEAF6779C7C4530Dec 29, 2015
1131225C73FB0D30935E357503EC9B1A92929Jan 4, 2016
11192C44BDC8C1C2D77379DA2408B1741DB05Jan 5, 2016
120082B334A96604D78DE70843317F001B690Jan 8, 2016
10560DA0E1AA1A265E04CE5782B87F330DA5BJan 10, 2016
115684C1884DCBD29EBA26BC17DEE2D3E3C08Jan 23, 2016
10520892C8CF1904E82AECCC7C861B065A7C5Jan 23, 2016
89688B083AE7DE982BBADD6723681FFAAE3CJan 25, 2016
97282FD7F3A2ABF9CCC669236600BED09326Jan 30, 2016
9640DF29C48C55E26FE86C956F45D0CBB76FFeb 2, 2016
1100883CE13ADA1CB748F1021802A68955114Feb 6, 2016
122567C4B7997693A5BF7924A03679D255F85Feb 7, 2016
117368600A11B2034F74C76C481AA9566C678Feb 17, 2016
11808136FBEEDF220C2D6513226C4523A1F6CFeb 24, 2016
96642FE0DE08B94A6F1BB99B46BD9DEFCC98Mar 12, 2016
962461B19648BD2C9814D6045FF1E02CBF20Apr 21, 2016
11304C481171F51B90D030E2005653F9140F6Jun 4, 2016
9896F62C70A31DEFBF68B45E0230CF112DB5Jul 1, 2016
1106476032867FF4B6CD1B8E63FC6F8F3A168Jul 11, 2016
115765B51CBD4A161394073A9603A629213DFAug 3, 2016
1152051E36E7D55F659E8783FD97F8EA09D80Sep 2, 2016
9784BF2C9D4F17D4E99207C14DC13A230FD6Oct 27, 2016
117444A49A30E298340FA04B9CD067FE02FBDDec 8, 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 zcengineOff.ini^

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

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