WinFix Pro - updated Jan 2021

WinFix Pro Removal Guide

What is WinFix Pro?

WinFix Pro is the Windows OS optimization tool that is not that useful as it claims

WinFix Pro virus

WinFix Pro is the tool developed by Informer Technologies Inc. The tool is also can be named as WinFix Pro 2006 virus, WinFix 2005 Pro, WinFix.exe is a PC optimization tool. As the publisher of this app claims, WinFix Pro can be used for repairing and replacing corrupted files, removing damage caused by viruses or malware, remove junk files, improve privacy settings, and so on.

Unfortunately, they haven't mentioned that it may infiltrate your computer unnoticed, that it may try to convince you that your computer is filled with junk, viruses, corrupted files, etc. and that it may continuously ask you to buy the WinFix Pro license to fix aforementioned issues.

Of course, it can be downloaded manually from various download websites (cnet.com, download.com, softonic.com. Soft32.com, and so on). Nevertheless, it tends to enter systems via other freeware as an 'additional tool'. Once installed, it may ask for your permission to initiate a system scan and if you give it, you may start seeing how WinFix Pro virus loads its scanners.

Once a supposed scan is finished, you may receive a long list of supposed issues that need to be fixed. Most probably, if you click 'Fix now', 'Clean', 'Remove' and similar buttons, you may be redirected to the official website of this app and offered to buy the license. We recommend you to ignore such offers since you may lose your money for a useless program.

The rogue program is not useful, even though those promotional ads claim otherwise. There are many issues with WinFix Pro removal too:

I checked programs and features and it is not listed there. I ran security essential and it did not correct the problem. It has messed up both IE and google chrome so I can't get online.

We say so because it is not very likely that WinFix Pro will improve your PC's performance. Bear in mind that for fixing your machine, you may need to get rid of thousands of registries, junk, and similar issues, whereas this dubious optimization tool claims that there are several hundreds of files that are awaiting removal.

Even more, you may disclose credit card details to online scammers, which may lead to serious privacy issues. If the WinFix Pro virus got onto your machine without asking for your permission directly, you should better remove it from your computer ASAP.

The most reliable way to get rid of it is to run a full system scan with an anti-malware tool that is capable of removing such intruders like WinFix Pro PUP. Also, you can rely on tools like ReimageIntego that should help with system corruption issues.

Take care of the security of your PC by paying attention to important details

WinFix Pro redirects to a purchase website right after you install a free program, which has been bundled with additional components. That might be a download manager, PDF creator, media player, gaming platform, or any other free software; therefore, if you are not willing to end up with a list of potentially unwanted programs, you should start checking free programs before installing them.

In order to see whether the program contains additional tools, you should select the Advanced or Custom installation option and look for suspicious checkboxes claiming that you agree to install WinFix Pro PC's optimization tool, BlockNSurf add-on, Start.qone8.com search, and so on.

Rely on professional anti-malware to help you remove WinFix Pro virus

WinFix Pro should NOT even be compared to a virus. It cannot affect your PC's operating system; however, it may swindle your money for a useless license. It is deceptive and the program relies on creating misleading messages and alerts that should encourage people into purchasing the version of the program.

Fortunately, WinFix Pro can be removed manually with the help of the steps below. It is not the easiest action because PUPs like this can install other apps, inject various files on the machine, and keep the process running. You need help from AV tools and system optimization software, so follow our suggestions.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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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Getting rid of WinFix Pro. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of WinFix Pro registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting system tools

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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