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Remove RocketFixio (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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RocketFixio – a fake system optimizer not suitable for your PC

RocketFixio is a fraudulent system optimization utility that exaggerates scan results in order to make users but its full version

RocketFixio is a potentially unwanted program[1] that reports thousands of issues in order to mislead users about their system security. In most cases, such apps are distributed via dubious ways, such as software bundling or dishonest advertisements that can be encountered all over the internet. The app is presented as a useful utility that can optimize a Windows machine by clearing the registry database, removing junk files, fixing startup issues, and so on.

However, RocketFixio is not what it seems to be at first: it will not speed up your machine significantly, as is claimed on the official website. Its main goal is to create an illusion that the computer is heavily damaged and needs fixing as soon as possible. For that, it shows fake scan results, displaying thousands of issues that were allegedly detected on the PC.

Name RocketFixio
Type Potentially unwanted program
Distribution  Official website, third-party sources, software bundles, deceptive ads on various sites, etc. 
Purpose  Developers promise to speed up a PC by 70% by cleaning junk files, repairing the registry, and fixing startup items. Considering such an outcome is impossible by performing these actions, the software can be considered fraudulent
Symptoms A full system scan by the app is performed immediately after installation, which shows thousands of issues 
Danger level Medium. It is not malicious by design but is used to mislead users into believing that their machines are in a far worse condition than they actually are. As a result, users might spend money on useless software and might also encounter annoying pop-ups that remind to upgrade

Several AV vendors detect RocketFixio on Virus Total as follows:

  • Application.Deceptor.RT
  • PUA/RocketFixio.A
  • Win32.Trojan-psw.Deceptpcclean.Ljal
  • Riskware ( Dec002ba1 )
  • Program.Unwanted.3976
  • PotentialRisk.PUA/RocketFixio.A
  • Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.dbh, etc.
Termination  You can uninstall potentially unwanted applications by following our step-by-step guide below
Alternatives If you need a reputable system optimization tool, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, as it can fix various Windows errors automatically using its patented technology

However, not everybody downloads the app via deceptive channels, as the app is available on its official website. Thus, many people might download it since they might see it as a good choice for system optimization. Nonetheless, if you found the app on your machine without permission, we recommend you remove RocketFixio as soon as possible, as it might have been downloaded with additional payloads from dangerous sites (e.g., torrents).

Besides, the promises developers make on the site are especially daring:

RocketFixio will quickly and safely rid your system of junk files,
optimize the registry, and speed up Windows startup.

This statement immediately sparks suspicion, as scenarios where increasing computer speed by 70% are exceptionally rare, if not non-existent. There is no magical software that could make a PC running on old or malfunctioning hardware to work like new, and RocketFixio developers are straight out lying about this.

Allegedly, RocketFixio can speed up users machine by performing these three operations:

  • Cleaning junk files;
  • Optimizing Windows registry;
  • Managing autorun tasks.

To dissect these three aspects of a regular Windows computer, we need to look at the broader picture. RocketFixio claims that “even the most powerful systems eventually clog up” by alleged junk files and start running slow. While this is partially true, only computers that use a very low disk space could be affected by this issue, which could result in crashes and errors. Any modern computer can handle junk files.

When talking about the registry, RocketFixio claims that the registry should be cleaned on a regular basis due to alleged issues when programs are uninstalled incorrectly. The truth is, the Windows registry should rarely be touched by regular computer users, and deleting some small files of some applications' leftovers would not impact computer performance in any way. One of the rare occasions, when the registry should be fixed, is after malware infections, and we suggest using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for that.

RocketFixio PUP
RocketFixio is a potentially unwanted application that can be downloaded unintentionally along with freeware from third-party sites

Note that incorrectly deleted registries by RocketFixio could actually damage the operation and performance of your Windows machine. Microsoft stated that it discourages the use of registry cleaners on its official blog post:[2]

Some products such as registry cleaning utilities suggest that the registry needs regular maintenance or cleaning. However, serious issues can occur when you modify the registry incorrectly using these types of utilities. These issues might require users to reinstall the operating system due to instability.

The problem with system optimizers like RocketFixio is that the developers are not honest with users, and are relying on those who have a lesser understanding of how the operating system works. The promise of a 70% speed boost can be very enticing for many, although in reality, these types of results could never be achieved.

When overlooking the deceptive distribution practices, as well as phony promises of a speed boost, RocketFixio is also guilty of providing a bunch of false-positives to users as serious issues. Once again, many people who do not understand much about PC's would be alarmed if they would see that their computers are affected by 2158 issues. Those issues are typically non-existent; the program picks up items like Google's cookies and marks them as dangerous.

In other words, we recommend you avoid fake system optimization tools and rely on those that are more reputable. To perform RocketFixio removal, please follow the instructions we provide below. If you see an increased amount of ads on your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or other web browsers, there might be other PUPs installed on your system. In such a case, perform a full system scan with anti-malware and then reset all the installed web browsers.

Avoid the installation of potentially unwanted programs

Software bundling is a program distribution technique that is practiced widely on third-party sources. Software developers or website authors often include several components into a single package and mislead users into installing these optional apps. Without a doubt, software bundles that are presented to users properly and are not deceptive are consumer-friendly and do not pose any negatives. However, in most cases, unintentional installations of adware, fake system optimizers, and other potentially unwanted programs occur regularly.

Therefore, it is important to get to know the peculiarities of tricks that are used in order to make users installed unwanted or even dangerous apps. Here are some tips from security experts from[3]

  • If possible, always choose official download sources for your apps, e.g., Microsoft Store;
  • Before installing an app, read up on it online – blogs, forum posts that include feedback are often helpful;
  • Make sure that the app presents ToS and Privacy Policy prior to the installation;
  • Always opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Recommended ones if such choice is available;
  • Watch out for misleading offers and misplaced buttons;
  • Remove all markers from pre-ticked boxes;
  • Do not rush the installation process and read the instructions carefully.

Uninstall RocketFixio easily

As mentioned above, system optimizers have a generally bad reputation among the security community, since many tools of such kind are fraudulent. They are distributed in deceptive ways, show fake diagnostic results, and often urge users to purchase the license of the app. Hence, we recommend RocketFixio removal to be performed and no full version to be purchased, especially if the app was installed unintentionally.

RocketFixio detection
RocketFixio is detected by many security applications

To remove RocketFixio from your system, you have to access the full application list via the Control Panel section. If you have any doubts or need some tips, we provided step-by-step instructions below – make sure you follow them attentively. Nonetheless, you should also check your machine for other unwanted apps that might bring ads to your web browsers or even spy on you in the background.

The best way to check for viruses and other malware is by employing reputable security software. Bring the anti-malware up to date and then perform a full system scan. If adware was found, make sure you reset all the installed web browsers, as explained below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove RocketFixio, follow these steps:

Delete RocketFixio from Windows systems

Eliminate potentially unwanted programs like RocketFixio via Control Panel:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall RocketFixio and related programs
    Here, look for RocketFixio or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Get rid of RocketFixio from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for RocketFixio and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete RocketFixio removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase RocketFixio from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, RocketFixio should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall RocketFixio from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select RocketFixio and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete RocketFixio removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove RocketFixio from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome if you keep seeing unwanted ads on the web browser:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select RocketFixio and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete RocketFixio removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete RocketFixio from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for RocketFixio or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete RocketFixio removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Olivia Morelli
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