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Danger level 6
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts

Crossout.lnk

Crossout.lnk is a piece of adware (advertising-supported software) that was built by advertisers to promote a game called “Crossout” by Gaijin Network Ltd. According to our malware research team, the creator of the game has nothing to do with the LNK file that advertises it. Unfortunately, at the time of research, we could not identify the person/party responsible for it, but it is known that it uses the same tactics to promote other services and programs, which immediately makes them more suspicious. Our analysis has shown that the only purpose of the LNK file is to route the targeted user to the website promoting the game, which makes it quite harmless. That being said, you should not be interacting with random shortcut files and blindly trusting the content shown via the sites that they promote. In fact, we recommend removing Crossout.lnk as soon as possible. Note that the file name could be different. All in all, whether you face “Play Crossout.lnk” or “Crossout - MMO action game.lnk,” you should delete it.

Do you know how Crossout.lnk got onto your operating system? This shortcut file cannot appear out of thin air, and it has to be downloaded. If you have absolutely no idea where it came from, you need to consider that malware capable of downloading malicious files exists on your computer. It is most likely, of course, that this file was dropped onto the computer as you executed a software bundle. Do you remember downloading and installing anything new right before you came across Crossout.lnk? If you do, you have your answer as to how this strange file got in. In any case, if this file exists, there is a strong possibility that other unreliable files and software exist too. You do not want to postpone the removal of this software, which is why we suggest using a legitimate malware scanner right now. This tool will let you know exactly what you need to delete from your computer to avoid security issues. If you skip this step, you could let malicious threats roam without your notice, and that would be a huge mistake.

The URL that Crossout.lnk presents is legitimate, and that is what might confuse some users. Well, if the shortcut file routes to a legitimate site and does not do anything else, why would you need to delete it? First of all, the file was placed on your computer for no other reason than to help some unknown party generate a profit. What if that profit is used by malicious parties to fund malware creation and distribution? We cannot confirm that this is what would happen, but we cannot deny it either. At the end of the day, the Crossout.lnk file does not serve you personally, and so there is no reason why you should postpone its removal. Another important thing to note is that while this LNK file is pretty harmless, much more malicious files exist, and if you just open random, unfamiliar files without thinking about it twice, you could find yourself executing extremely dangerous malware. So, if you find another unfamiliar file on your Desktop, remove it without any hesitation.

Have you scanned your operating system using a reliable malware scanner? If you have not done that, we recommend doing that right now because you want to know if malicious infections exist. Hopefully, they do not, and you do not need to worry about that. Of course, if malware exists, you want to remove it quickly. Why not use an anti-malware program for that? It would quickly identify and eliminate all malicious components, including the shortcut file we are discussing right now. What if malware does not exist? In this case, you still need to think about the protection of your operating system, and if you are worried about it – and you should be, considering that random files can be dropped onto your PC without your notice – installing anti-malware software is the right move. If you still want to delete Crossout.lnk manually, you can do so using the instructions below. If you have more questions, let’s continue the conversation in the comments section.

Crossout.lnk Removal

  1. Right-click the Crossout.lnk file on the Desktop (could be named Play Crossout.lnk, Crossout - MMO action game.lnk, or something similar to that).
  2. Select Delete.
  3. Delete other suspicious files you see placed along with the .lnk file.
  4. Empty Recycle bin.
  5. Install a trusted malware scanner to check if there is anything else you need to remove.
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How to manually remove Crossout.lnk

Files associated with Crossout.lnk infection:

brfilterdrv.sys
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\BrowserProtect
TimeTasksSetup.exe
dnkt.exe
PlusMo.exe
uninstaller.exe
Updater.exe
lsdprn.exe
update.exe
Win_Updater.exe
PCProtect.dll
IEError.exe
SyncPulseManager.exe
applications.exe
GoogleUpdate.exe
stprss.exe
sv.exe
Seventh.exe
psupport.dll
winclient32.exe
host.exe
inspasio.exe
upr.exe
Sixth.exe
VideoUsage.exe
monitorsvc.exe
chrome-links.exe
lmservice.exe
WombatUpdater.exe
BDL.dll
openinstall.exe
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
optimizer.exe
usetting.exe
ALiBaBar.dll
wprotectmanager.exe
ReminderFoxUpdater.exe
AutoUpdater.exe
UpdateTask.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\BrowserProtect
%AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\????????????????
AdbFlashIA2.exe
wirtual.exe
20dollars2surf.exe
mngr.exe
TorrentStat.exe
wabEventSupport16.dll
DocUnzipUpdt.exe
CompTmp.exe
ProtectWindowsManager.exe
clteyghuwphSystem.exe
safetynut.exe
kometaup.exe
ScreenCapture.exe
R003.exe
regCheck.vbs
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Browser Manager
contentagent.exe
plura_autorun.exe
SafeUpdater.exe
Downloader.dll
LiveUpdate.exe
safebrowser.exe
DFService.exe
UpdateService.exe
windhcpclient.exe
bi_client.exe
litefile.bin
smp2.exe
toolserv.exe
ScriptHost.dll
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgafcinpmmpklohkojmllohdhomoefph
openinst.exe
PackerV2.exe
PCProtect.exe
ieplug.dll
MSLSService.exe
uninstall_Winservices.exe
dlprotect.exe
DeltaFix.dll
flashEnhancer.dll
browsemngr.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Anti-phishing Domain Advisor
yContentFilterService.exe
Bind.exe
VideoEklenti.exe
ProtectExtension.exe
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\BrowserProtect
Toast.exe
RGMUpdater.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Browser Manager
NCdownloader.exe
update1.dll
VirusRemover.exe
OptimizerMonitor.exe
MAJTuto.exe
timetasks.exe
playsetup.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Anti-phishing Domain Advisor
NTS.exe
compatibilitychecksvc.exe
Client.exe
Autoload.exe
BrowserProtect.exe
Assistant_x64.dll
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgafcinpmmpklohkojmllohdhomoefph
webmakerplus.exe
fiber.js
BitGuard.exe
ContentHost.dll
systerm32.exe
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Crossout.lnk DLL's to remove:

psupport.dll
ALiBaBar.dll
wabEventSupport16.dll
ContentHost.dll
Assistant_x64.dll
Downloader.dll
ScriptHost.dll
PCProtect.dll
BDL.dll
ieplug.dll
flashEnhancer.dll
update1.dll
DeltaFix.dll

Crossout.lnk processes to kill:

Updater.exe
UpdateService.exe
uninstaller.exe
WombatUpdater.exe
dnkt.exe
contentagent.exe
openinstall.exe
ProtectExtension.exe
kometaup.exe
toolserv.exe
AutoUpdater.exe
R003.exe
openinst.exe
stprss.exe
Client.exe
RGMUpdater.exe
windhcpclient.exe
PlusMo.exe
mngr.exe
SyncPulseManager.exe
UpdateTask.exe
LiveUpdate.exe
monitorsvc.exe
VideoEklenti.exe
OptimizerMonitor.exe
webmakerplus.exe
timetasks.exe
dlprotect.exe
playsetup.exe
host.exe
NTS.exe
PackerV2.exe
SafeUpdater.exe
yContentFilterService.exe
Toast.exe
BitGuard.exe
safebrowser.exe
ReminderFoxUpdater.exe
MAJTuto.exe
optimizer.exe
Autoload.exe
lmservice.exe
safetynut.exe
chrome-links.exe
plura_autorun.exe
NCdownloader.exe
IEError.exe
VirusRemover.exe
bi_client.exe
Win_Updater.exe
wprotectmanager.exe
TorrentStat.exe
lsdprn.exe
AdbFlashIA2.exe
Seventh.exe
update.exe
uninstall_Winservices.exe
smp2.exe
VideoUsage.exe
MSLSService.exe
inspasio.exe
browsemngr.exe
DFService.exe
ProtectWindowsManager.exe
Sixth.exe
BrowserProtect.exe
TimeTasksSetup.exe
winclient32.exe
applications.exe
sv.exe
PCProtect.exe
upr.exe
Bind.exe
CompTmp.exe
wirtual.exe
ScreenCapture.exe
DocUnzipUpdt.exe
20dollars2surf.exe
usetting.exe
systerm32.exe
clteyghuwphSystem.exe
GoogleUpdate.exe
compatibilitychecksvc.exe
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