|Short Description||Runs an .exe process in Task Manager without actually working.|
|Symptoms||PC runs slower than usual. Annoying pop-ups claiming PC is insecure in the system tray.|
|Distribution Method||Via redirects or bundling. May be downloaded directly from its website.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By FixCleanRepair|
FixCleanRepair 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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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.
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.
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
- Guide 1: How to Remove FixCleanRepair from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FixCleanRepair from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FixCleanRepair from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FixCleanRepair from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FixCleanRepair from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FixCleanRepair from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FixCleanRepair from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove FixCleanRepair from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FixCleanRepair
Step 2: Uninstall FixCleanRepair and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by FixCleanRepair on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by FixCleanRepair there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FixCleanRepair from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FixCleanRepair and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove FixCleanRepair via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove FixCleanRepair files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as FixCleanRepair, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove FixCleanRepair from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase FixCleanRepair from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall FixCleanRepair from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove FixCleanRepair from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the FixCleanRepair will be removed.
Eliminate FixCleanRepair from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.