Is fonts.hta safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of fonts.hta:









File purpose and description:

This will take over your browser, affecting your search engine searches among many other things, this is also known as browser hijacking. Browser hijacking can occur when something forces your browser to go to certain pages, go to different search engines, etc, even after your reset your browser or attempt to alter it back the way you want it. This program must be removed from your startup or your browser will always be reset again no matter what you do. (Spy Guardian Pro will allow you to monitor or remove this from your startup, you can find it by searching on a search engine like google.com or dogpile.com) (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
fonts.hta

File type:
This is a variant of the coolwebsearch spyware or adware.

File or folder location:
This is found at c:\windows\fonts\fonts.hta


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, fonts.hta may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of fonts.hta on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!