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What is santa.bat?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the santa.bat on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Santa.bat file information

The process santa.bat has no company information.

Description: Santa.bat is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The santa.bat file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 178 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 172 bytes, 181 bytes or 184 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/santa.bat.html 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). The santa.bat file is not a Windows system file. santa.bat appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If santa.bat is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 172 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 190 bytes, 178 bytes or 184 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows system file. santa.bat appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as santa.bat. Therefore, you should check the santa.bat process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

Santa.bat can also be Trojan.Downloader if stored in your accounts "Startup" folder! eg(%startup%\santa.bat)
  Anonymous   (further information)
santa.bat is simple batch file and part of trojan downloaders which place svchost.txt file in system32 and attempt to replace the original Windows svchost.exe on startup. Startup type is written in santa.bat as addin AllUserStartup run object to the registry. By the StartUp way pointed, santa.bat is unable to execute the replacement, thus making it useless as trojan downloader. Pay more attention to the application which released this file, instead of simply deleting santa.bat.
  Via Mala IE 2011 (Network Admin #2)  

Summary: Average user rating of santa.bat: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think santa.bat is dangerous and recommend removing it.


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Best practices for resolving santa issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with santa. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the santa.bat process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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