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FixCleanRepair Description and Removal

NameFixCleanRepair
TypeRogue Application
Short DescriptionRuns an .exe process in Task Manager without actually working.
SymptomsPC runs slower than usual. Annoying pop-ups claiming PC is insecure in the system tray.
Distribution MethodVia redirects or bundling. May be downloaded directly from its website.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By FixCleanRepair

Fixcleanrepair-programFixCleanRepair is a paid and ad-supported repair tool for Windows, developed by Applon Inc. that may exhibit annoying messages at times prompting users to upgrade to the full version. When researched, the software discovered an unusually high amount of errors in the affected PC and on reboot it runs a process, called FixCleanRepair.exe even though the software is nowhere to be found. It also displays a warning message that prompts to remove all errors that are making a system unsafe via upgrading to the full version. Users are not recommended to purchase the licensed version of the app because experts believe that the errors it administers may either be fraudulent or created by the software itself.

FixCleanRepair – How Did I Install It

You may have been redirected to the download page of FixCleanRepair by clicking on an online ad, believing your PC is at risk. But this happens to very inexperienced users, so it is not an efficient way of distribution.

The most likely way you may have gotten this application is a strategy going by the name bundling. It involves the adding of the program as a free extra in the setups of programs that are downloaded on a daily basis. Usually, it is done by third-party sites. Here is how it may have looked in case you missed it:

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Bundling is a brilliant tool because most users tend to miss programs due to their ‘fast-clicking syndrome’. It has even happened to power users as well.

FixCleanRepair – More About It

Once installed and ran on the affected PC, the software begun to scan and found around 200 errors at the end. So it may be legitimate in finding errors in your PC since we compared that to other freeware programs, and we got a close number to this one. The difference is that we cleaned the mistakes with the freeware programs, but FixCleanRepair demanded that we pay for the service if we want to scan for particular areas of the computer and clean the errors.Also the program did not stop bothering us with bady developed pop-ups claiming that our PC is at risk.

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More to it than that, it was very disturbing to find out that the software collects personal user information and closely cooperate with third-parties. This is done mainly to make a profit from pay-per-click schemes and affiliate marketing at the expense of the user.

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As you may know, suspicious third-party sites may be a direct risk to your computer that makes any third ad-supported application dangerous indirectly to it. This is because such unfamiliar online locations:

  • Install cookies on your computer to track your every online move and determine your interests to display targeted advertisements (behavioral advertising).
  • Infect your PC with malware.
  • Scam you out of your money via ‘cheap’ tech support calls.
  • Collect your personal information as well as financial one as a part of a registration form for a trial of a service or a product and use it for their interests.
  • Sell products that do not exist in fraudulent online retail sites making a profit at the expense of the user.

These are probably not even half of the risks connected with third-party sites. Most programs who work with them do not mind what they do as long as they get paid, and this is how users suffer. To protect oneself from the every day changing cyber infection methods, users should be constantly aware how to identify suspicious files and online locations.

Finally, we decided to scan the software with a particular anti-malware tool focused on low-level threats as well as high ones only to find out that the program was detected as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).

FixCleanrRepair-scan

Removing FixCleanRepair

In case, you have decided that you will not use this software, make sure to remove it properly. One way to do it is by following the step-by-step removal manual below. It will assist with making sure that the application is gone, but make sure also to install an anti-malware software that is also focused on PUPs. You should do this because after manual uninstalls most PUPs leave particular modified settings or files on your computer that may remain active. To be completely safe, such security software is a right choice.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall FixCleanRepair in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall FixCleanRepair.

    Step 2: Remove FixCleanRepair automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all FixCleanRepair associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the FixCleanRepair threat: Manual removal of FixCleanRepair requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    More to it, we have included some friendly tips to help make your PC and behavior more secure for the future:

    • Make sure to use additional firewall protection. Downloading a second firewall (like ZoneAlarm, for example) is an excellent solution for any potential intrusions.
    • Make sure that your programs have less administrative power over what they read and write on your computer. Make them prompt you admin access before starting.
    • Use stronger passwords. Stronger passwords (preferably ones that are not words) are harder to crack by several methods, including brute forcing since it includes pass lists with relevant words.
    • Turn off AutoPlay. This protects your computer from malicious executable files on USB sticks or other external memory carriers that are immediately inserted into it.
    • Disable File Sharing – it is recommended if you need file sharing between your computer to password protect it to restrict the threat only to yourself if infected.
    • Switch off any remote services – this can be devastating for business networks since it can cause a lot of damage on a massive scale.
    • If you see a service or a process that is external and not Windows critical and is being exploited by hackers (Like Flash Player) disable it until there is an update that fixes the exploit.
    • Make sure always to update the critical security patches for your software and OS.
    • Configure your mail server to block out and delete suspicious file attachment containing emails.
    • If you have a compromised computer in your network, make sure to isolate immediately it by powering it off and disconnecting it by hand from the network.
    • Make sure to educate all of the users on the network never to open suspicious file attachments, show them examples.
    • Employ a virus-scanning extension in your browser that will scan all the downloaded files on your computer.
    • Turn off any non-needed wireless services, like Infrared ports or Bluetooth – hackers love to use them to exploit devices. In case you use Bluetooth, make sure that you monitor all of the unauthorized devices that prompt you to pair with them and decline and investigate any suspicious ones.
    • Employ a virus-scanning extension in your browser that will scan all the downloaded files on your computer.
    • Employ a powerful anti-malware solution to protect yourself from any future threats automatically.

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    Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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