System Fix Removal Process (remove SystemFix)

November 14, 2011

System Fix is another rogue system defragmenter application with the purpose of stealing money from unsuspecting computer users. Like its variants HDD Repair and System Restore, System Fix exhibits the same symptoms and pretends to be a legitimate defragmenter application in order to fool computer users into purchasing the full version of their bogus program. Be aware, however, that System Fix has been confirmed by PCHubs malware researchers to be a bogus security application and should never be purchased or else your money would surely be wasted. System Fix has no functionality at all in detecting or removing any kind of infection and must be removed from your computer as soon as possible.

The Dangers of System Fix

System Fix infects your computer through a Trojan which installs the fake application on your PC without your knowledge or permission. Once installed on your computer, System Fix would run every time you reboot your computer automatically, and you are likely to receive several pop-up alerts, warnings, and notifications saying that your computer is infected with several malware. System Fix would then perform a fake system scan showing fabricated results of your computer being infected with several viruses. System Fix would then try to promote its full version by claiming to be able to fix all the detected errors and infections. System Fix would promote that all the detected infections can be cleaned by purchasing their full version of System Fix. Never believe in these promotions as it is just a trick to steal your money.

Apart from the annoying notifications and pop-up alerts, System Fix also makes your computer more vulnerable to remote attacks because of the presence of the Trojan that caused the infection. Trojans compromise your system’s security and can cause some of your files and folders to appear to have disappeared. Rogue defragmenter creators use the scare tactic of having your files appear hidden to scare you even further into purchasing their bogus software. You may also notice that some of your legitimate Windows applications would be blocked from running, and you would also notice that your browser suddenly gets redirected to websites associated with rogue defragmenter or anti-spware programs. The cause of all these problems is the System Fix application and the Trojan that brought it in the first place, so it is strongly advised to remove System Fix from your PC as soon as it is detected.

If you are experiencing the symptoms described above, then it would be best to start the System Fix removal process now. This can safely be done with the use of a legitimate anti-virus application that has been updated with the latest signature database. You would need to restart your computer in Safe Mode, so that System Fix would not run automatically while doing the removal process.

Perform a full system scan of your computer using the updated and legitimate security application, and then you can proceed to remove the detected infections safely. Make sure that all files, folders, processes and registries that are related to System Fix are deleted completely.

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

Why should you remove System Fix?

If System 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 System 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 System Fix removal process.

How can you manually remove System Fix

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

System 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 System Fix in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find System 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" = '.zip;.rar;.nfo;.txt;.exe;.bat;.com;.cmd;.reg;.msi;.htm;.html;.gif;.bmp;.jpg;.avi;.mpg;.mpeg;.mov;.mp3;.m3u;.wav;.scr;'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments "SaveZoneInformation" = '1'
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer "NoDesktop" = '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 System 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


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

    %AllUsersProfile%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
    %Desktop%\System Fix.lnk
    %StartMenu%\Programs\System Fix\
    %StartMenu%\Programs\System Fix\System Fix.lnk
    %StartMenu%\Programs\System Fix\Uninstall System Fix.lnk
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\System 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 System 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"


  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with System Fix by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\System 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 System Fix completely from your computer. If you find that System Fix is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic System Fix removal process.

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