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Windows Vista Fix Removal Process (remove WindowsVistaFix)

July 8, 2011 – 10:12 am
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Windows Vista Fix

Windows Vista Fix is a fake optimization tool created by the cybercrooks that made two other identical programs released just recently. Windows Vista Fix is one that is aimed more at users of PCs running Windows Vista. Windows Vista Fix has an interface that looks as if will detect and fix performance hindering issues on a PC. Windows Vista Fix is basically useless for fixing or speeding up a PC.

It is highly advisable that you remove Windows Vista Fix at once to keep it from causing damage that may actually reduce performance of the affected PC. Whatever you do, do not purchase Windows Vista Fix because that won’t give it the extra capability to rid PC issues and speed up the system.

Are you getting popups from Windows Vista Fix? Have you identified that you have Windows Vista Fix installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Windows Vista Fix completely from your computer?

Why should you remove Windows Vista Fix?

If Windows Vista Fix resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Windows Vista Fix may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Windows Vista Fix removal process.

How can you manually remove Windows Vista Fix

Manual removal of Windows Vista Fix may not be for everyone. Each manual Windows Vista Fix removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Windows Vista Fix removal process.

Windows Vista Fix can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate Windows Vista Fix in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Windows Vista Fix, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download "CheckExeSignatures" = 'no'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Use FormSuggest" = 'yes'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced "Hidden" = '0'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced "ShowSuperHidden" = 0'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "CertificateRevocation" = '0'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = '0'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop "NoChangingWallPaper" = '1'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations "LowRiskFileTypes" = '/{hq:/s`s:/ogn:/uyu:/dyd:/c`u:/bnl:/ble:/sdf:/lrh:/iul:/iulm:/fhg:/clq:/kqf:/`wh:/lqf:/lqdf:/lnw:/lq2:/l2t:/v`w:/rbs:'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments "SaveZoneInformation" = '1'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = '1'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "DisableTaskMgr" = '1'
  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Windows Vista Fix. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process

    bookmark-add-favorite

  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with Windows Vista Fix from your computer.

    %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~{RANDOM CHARACTERS}r
    %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]
    %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].dll
    %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
    %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~{random}r
    %UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Vista Fix.lnk
    %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Vista Fix\
    %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Vista Fix\Uninstall Windows Vista Fix.lnk
    %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Vista Fix\Windows Vista Fix.lnk

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Windows Vista Fix, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"

    safe-mode

  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Windows Vista Fix by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Windows Vista Fix folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Windows Vista Fix completely from your computer. If you find that Windows Vista Fix is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Windows Vista Fix removal process.

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