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File: zdengine.ini

Location of zdengine.ini and Associated Malware

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

zdengine.ini file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\zdengine.ini

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


Different Variations of zdengine.ini File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
130510A2FA90ADBBAE638AD5DC37761BAC3BEApr 10, 2016
131393FF55E517F97D69BB0F1BE54297043EDMay 5, 2016
1309107D41AB6621E54458A06DAA24F9984B6May 6, 2016
131070089AB7C93B0BD9AD1256A69AC8FD21EMay 6, 2016
1305963953E445CE5DAE8D87DEF6FBA526075Jun 1, 2016
131071EC6ABBB57EEFE65E1E88C553787D3F9Jul 15, 2016
130674CB52B930FECD0DB4A724C52CEAAB443Jul 20, 2016
13131F0737957D609485986FA80089C1C0B53Sep 25, 2016
15619E44175A5C13F41D83A8DB4F5974C23C5Jan 1, 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 zdengine.ini^

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

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