If you find that you computer is seen installed with some unwanted toolbar and that some of its settings like the startup items, browser home page, toolbar, etc. have been modified, then FreeFixer is a utility that can be used to remove Potentially Unwanted Programs, Adware, Spyware, Trojans, Viruses and Worms. Malware files are hard to delete, and this where some type of removal tools can be a big help. FreeFixer is one such free general purpose removal tool that can help delete potentially unwanted software on your Windows computer.
What this tool does, is that it will scan for various locations which malicious software has a known record of appearing or leaving traces. There are around 41 places where FreeFixer examines in its scan, and explains what changes are made to your system if you choose to remove an item. This tool scans in these 41 locations where unwanted software can hook into your system and look up files in its online database, which has over 90000 files and 4000 user comments. It will scan the programs that start-up and run on your Windows computer as well as your browser add-ons, extensions, plug-ins and home page and search settings too.
Once its scan is completed it lists the files under categories like, Appnit.dll, Namespace Services Providers, BHO or Browser Helper Objects, IE toolbar, IE extensions, Registry startups, Scheduled tasks, Services, Autorun.inf files, Explorer modules, Drivers, etc. Files listed with a green background are trusted files. Files with a white or gray background are unknown files.
From this list, FreeFixer will whitelist few applications and mark them as Safe. It will actually cross check from the online database available that’s how they whitelist the application. But you need a good knowledge or experience in terms of operating system files or experience in manual removal of malicious software. Because if you delete a file that belongs to operating system or a third party driver file, it may damage the system permanently which is irreversible.
You then have to take a considered call on whether it indeed is a PUP or false positive, and decide if you would like to remove it or not. FreeFixer has a powerful removal feature that can delete almost any type of malware or PUP file, including adware, spyware, rootkits, Trojans, viruses and worms.
I would therefore strongly recommend that you create a system restore point first.
FreeFixer has also whitelisted files from some trusted software publishers, such as Apple Inc, Trend Micro Inc, Symantec Corporation, Kaspersky Labs, Microsoft, McAfee Inc and VMware Inc. Files from the trusted vendors are called Trusted files on this web site. The trusted files will appear in the scan result, but listed with a green background color and without the delete checkbox.
You can schedule the FreeFixer to run it FreeFixer using Windows Task Scheduler. Just go to the settings and under Background scanning click on Configure to setup the scheduled scan. So if you’re not an expert you can always get the FreeFixer Log which is plain text format and get help from various forums, including our forum.
There is one other tool in FreeFixer called File Nuker. It is used to remove an unwanted file. The file will be deleted when you reboot your machine. There is also a Settings file that controls the behavior of the FreeFixer which is located under:
The program does not know what is unwanted, so it presents the scan result and it is totally up to you decide if some file needs to be deleted or some of the listed settings need to be restored to their default value – so you have to be careful here and be doubly sure before you decide to delete something.
FreeFixer is an excellent tool to remove the all kind of malicious software manually. It can do a good job for who are experienced in this area – for others you can scan it and post it in our forums or any other security related forums or even their forum.
The freeware, also lets you upload files online, to have them checked by antivirus scanners.
Go here to download FreeFixer.
Speaking of removal tools, you might find some of these handy some day:
- Browser Hijacker Removal Tools
- Toolbar Cleaner & Remover Tools
- Rogue Removal Tool
- Crapware Removal Tools.