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Windows XP Fix Removal Process (remove WindowsXPFix)

July 8, 2011 – 12:29 pm
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Windows XP Fix

Windows XP Fix is a rogue optimization application that has an identical look and interface to that of other programs known as Windows Vista Fix and Windows 7 Fix. All of these programs are used as extortion tools to pursued computer users that they need to purchase a full version to fix discovered issues and boost PC performance. Windows XP Fix won’t do any of this even if purchased. It is best to rid your system of Windows XP Fix before it actually causes the PC to slow down.

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

Why should you remove Windows XP Fix?

If Windows XP 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 XP 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 XP Fix removal process.

How can you manually remove Windows XP Fix

Manual removal of Windows XP Fix may not be for everyone. Each manual Windows XP 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 XP Fix removal process.

Windows XP 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 XP Fix in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Windows XP 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 XP 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 XP Fix from your computer.

    %LocalAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]
    %LocalAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
    %StartMenu%\Programs\Windows XP Fix\
    %StartMenu%\Programs\Windows XP Fix\Uninstall Windows XP Fix.lnk
    %StartMenu%\Programs\Windows XP Fix\Windows XP 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 XP 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 XP Fix by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Windows XP 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 XP Fix completely from your computer. If you find that Windows XP Fix is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Windows XP Fix removal process.

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