What is WinFix Pro?
WinFix Pro by Informer Technologies Inc. (also can be found as WinFix Pro 2006 virus, WinFix 2005 Pro, WinFix.exe) is a PC optimization tool. As 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 freewares as an ‘additional tool’. Once installed, it may ask for your permission to initiate 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. 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 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 serious privacy issues. If 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 ReimageIntego (Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Mac OS X).
How can WinFix Pro hijack my computer?
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 Advanced or Custom installation option and look for suspicious check boxes claiming that you agree to install WinFix Pro PC’s optimization tool, BlockNSurf add-on, Start.qone8.com search, and so on. If you have already ended up with a potentially unwanted program on your machine, them perform the steps that are given below:
How to 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. Fortunately, WinFix Pro can be removed manually with the help of these steps:
- Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
- Here, look for WinFix Pro.
- Uninstall it and other questionable programs.
- Click OK to save these changes.
If you are 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.
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.