WinIFixer Removal Guide

This page is all about WinIFixer. You can find detailed information and removal guide to uninstall the fake program from the infected computer.

WinIFixer carries the slogan “Viruses and Spyware Remover.” Nevertheless, the truth is, WinIFixer is a misleading security program that may get inside your computer without an intervention. Using a Trojan, this will sneak into the system unexpectedly when visiting malicious web sites or following links sent though instant messaging software. Once it set a foot on the computer, it directly hits the registry and makes certain changes. It will add an entry that gives the malware to load each tome Windows starts. This trick also continually displays pop-up alerts and security messages.

The primary objective of WinIFixer is to entice computer users that it is useful in getting rid of spyware and viruses. This potentially unwanted program aims to convince user that computer is infected with a variety of threats and insinuate that removal can be performed only when WinIFixer is upgraded to a full version. Without the license key, computer will suffer from a disturbing consequence brought about by the malware.

It is obvious that WinIFixer wants your money. It wanted to earn a profit by misleading you about the real security status of the computer. Keep in mind that threats presented by this program are unreal. Absolute threat that is residing on the computer is no other than WinIFixer itself. Remove this malware by carefully following the instruction on this page.

Screenshot Image:

WinIFixer Fake Scanner

Technical Details and Additional Information:

Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista

Characteristics (Analysis)
While WinIFixer is running on victim’s computer, it repeatedly exhibits a number of identified threats. These fake security findings are part of its unfair marketing strategy to persuade victims on purchasing the registered version of WinIFixer.

Moreover, the rogue program alters Internet Explorer settings and redirects the default home page to WinIFixer web site.

WinIFixer Removal Procedures

Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.

NOTE: It is recommended to PRINT or BOOKMARK this instruction because we need to restart Windows during the virus removal process.

Step 1 : Uninstall WinIFixer from Windows

1 On Windows Start menu, type Uninstall on Search field. Select Apps & Features on the list. For lower version of Windows, please choose Program and Features. You can uninstall or modify any installed application using this feature.

Program and Features

2 On next window, look for the item "WinIFixer" from the list and then, click on Uninstall button.

Remove Malicious Apps

3 When it prompts for confirmation, please click Uninstall to start deleting WinIFixer from Windows operating system.

Step 2 : Remove WinIFixer remaining items with this tool

This guide requires a tool called Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It is a free tool designed to eradicate various computer infections including WinIFixer. MBAM scanner and malware removal tool is distributed for free.

4 In order to completely remove WinIFixer, it is best to download and run the recommended tool. Please click the button below to begin the download process.

Download Tool

5 After downloading, right-click on the file mb3-setup-consumer-[version].exe and select Run as Administrator to install the application.

6 Follow the prompts and install with dafault settings. There are no changes needed during the installation process.

7 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will launch for the first time. If it prompts for database update, it is necessary proceed with this step.

8 Click on Scan Now button on scanner's console to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of WinIFixer and other forms of threats.

Scan Now

9 Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and remove them from the computer.

10 If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows normally.

Step 3 : Double-check if WinIFixer still exists

11 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. File will be save on your Windows Downloads folder.

NPE Download

12 After downloading, navigate its location and double-click on the NPE.exe file to launch the program.

13 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept to proceed.

14 On NPE main window, click on Unwanted Application Scan to quickly check the computer for malicious programs including WinIFixer.

Norton Power Eraser

15 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like WinIFixer. This may take some time, depending on the number of files currently stored on the computer.

Step 4 : Run Additional Scanner to Ensure that WinIFixer is Totally Deleted

Online Virus Scanner:
Another way to remove a virus without the need to install additional anti-virus software is to perform a thorough scan with free Online Virus Scanner. Browse this page to see a list of free services from specific anti-virus and security company.

Alternative Removal Procedures for WinIFixer

Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, WinIFixer drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.

To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below.

1 On Windows Start menu, type RSTRUI on search field. Then, click the item or press Enter on keyboard.

RSTRUI Command

2 "Restore system files and settings" window will appear. Click Next button to see the list of active restore points.

3 Select the most recent one prior to having WinIFixer infection. Click Next to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.

4 It may take a while to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.

Optional : WinIFixer manual uninstall guide

IMPORTANT! Manual removal of WinIFixer requires technical skills. Deleting system files and registry entries by mistake may result to total disability of Windows system. We advise you to perform a backup of registry before proceeding with this guide.

1. Kill any running process that belongs to WinIFixer.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for WinIFixer files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.

End Task

2. Delete all registry entries that belong to this malware.
- Press [Windows Key]+R on your keyboard.
- In the 'Open' dialog box, type regedit and press Enter. This will open registry editor.
- Find and delete registry entries as mentioned in Technical Reference section.
- Close registry editor. Changes made will be saved automatically.

Run Regedit

3. Scan the computer with antivirus program.
- Connect to Internet and open your antivirus software. Please update to obtain the latest database and necessary files.
- Restart the computer in Safe Mode.
- Just before Windows logo begins to load press F8 on your keyboard.
- On Windows Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode and press Enter.
- Thoroughly scan the computer with your updated antivirus software.

4. Delete all files dropped by WinIFixer.
- While still in Safe Mode, search and delete malicious files. Please refer to 'Technical Reference'. Make sure that you execute 'End Task' first before deleting the file. Otherwise, the system will not let you perform this action.

Associated Files and Folders:Added Registry Entries:
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About Marco Mathew

Marco Mathew works as Windows Network administrator before establishing precisesecurity.com. Now, Marco is dedicating full-time to help computer users' fight viruses, malware, trojan, worms, adware, and potentially unwanted programs.

4 Comments

  1. Avatardean

    I’ve done all the things to do, but whenever I turned on my laptop or restarted it, there’s this background display picture that keeps showing up. Although I have changed it, the display picture says “Warning! spyware detected…” with a blue screen background. Plus, the screen saver about ‘the beetles eating up my screen’ thing. Please help, I don’t know what to do and I feel very irritated.

  2. AvatarJerry

    Download and run ‘spybot search and destroy’ and immunize.
    If you still have the blue picture and bugs try changing your desktop picture after you run spybot.

  3. AvatarMargaret

    Hi! I just had the same problem as Jerry. Here is what I did.

    1. Right click on your desktop
    2. Choose “properties”
    3. Pick the tab marked “Desktop”
    4. Identify the name of the wallpaper that is defaulted to your screen (write it down :-)
    5. Close your desktop properties dialog box

    6. Click on your start menu
    7. Click on “search”
    8. Type in the name of the wallpaper you are searching for
    9. After the search program locates that file in your computer, go in by hand and delete that file. Mine was buried in a very weird place on my computer.
    10. Finally, open your desktop properties dialog box, choose another wallpaper and close your dialog box. The name for the malware wallpaper will be gone when you open it again.

    Good luck.

  4. AvatarMarsha

    Margaret had the answer to my problem. I had removed the virus, but it had left an image as wallpaper, which had not occurred to me until I read her reply. THANK YOU!

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