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25th February 2011

Memory Fixer - Rogueware

Do you have problems with your computer security?  Is your data safe?  It can be difficult to tell when you are confronted by near-constant pop-ups and warning messages.  If you are seeing these, and noticing other issues with your computer, you may have a rogue antivirus program in your machine.  Memory Fixer is just one in a long line of rogues that wants to create confusion and convince you that you need protection for these "threats."  Are these alerts really just elaborate ads, and how do you remove them?  Read on for more information on identifying and automatically or manually removing rogues.

Introduction to Memory Fixer

Rogue antivirus programs are good at creating confusion - and the illusion that there are security or performance risks in your system.  What they are not good at, however, is providing you with protection.  This scareware generates false alerts and attempts to persuade users to purchase their ineffective software.  Scareware affects over a million computers each day, and is an inconvenience at best.  Memory Fixer is a type of rogue that focuses on optimization issues, so you will see pop-ups and false warning scans that relate to your RAM or hard drive.  It is common for this rogue to run false scans in "safe mode," which itself is only a display.  Your computer is not in safe mode, it is not being scanned, and your hard drive is almost certainly in perfect running condition.  The problem is the rogue.

Modes of Entry

Memory Fixer is a typical rogue antivirus/optimizer program in that it takes all of the usual routes into your computer.  Scareware is distributed via trojans, but where do the trojans come from?  You may be well aware that sites with adult content are notorious hotspots for trojans, but more seemingly "safe" sites can also leave your system vulnerable.  Among these:

  • Freeware or P2P content, especially videos or music downloads
  • Free screensavers, torrents, backgrounds, and other ad-ons
  • Applications, such as games, on social networking sites
  • Malicious websites in search results for trending topics. Among the top 100 results for frequently searched-for topics, at least ten are rogues.
  • Sites with pirated content or illegal advertising

Visiting sites that feature content like this, clicking on ads, banners, images, or videos, or opening spam emails and attachments, can give the trojan the access it needs to enter your machine.  From there, it deposits various forms of malware, including the "free" or "trial" version of Memory Fixer.

The paid or fully licensed version of this rogue must be user-installed.  This happens when the user is convinced of severe corruption in the hard drive and opt to purchase the rogue program to fix it.  Unfortunately, this software is ineffective and can provide no threat resolution or protection.

Memory Fixer Behavior

Because this rogue optimization program can be downloaded without your knowledge or persuade you that your system has severe issues, it is important to know what to look for.  The following signs are typically of Memory Fixer:

  • Pop-ups. These are the most common - and most noticeable - sign that a rogue has taken up residence in your machine. The warnings issued by this particular rogue relate to the hard drive, RAM, or other performance-related issues. You will see unfamiliar, flashing icons on your taskbar. If you click on these, messages like the following will be displayed:

            Critical Error!

            Damaged hard drive clusters detected.  Private data at risk.

            Critical Error

            RAM memory usage is critically high.  RAM memory failure.

            Critical Error!

            A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive.  System restart required.

            Activation Reminder

            Memory Fixer Activation

            Advanced module activation required to fix detected errors and performance issues. Please             purchase Advanced Module license to activate this software and enable all features.

            Note:  these pop-ups are usually very urgently worded to inspire immediate action, and     sometimes they may use the trusted Windows name to further the appearance of legitimacy.

 

  • False stability and performance scans. This rogue launches whenever you start Windows and displays error messages. It will prompt you to run a scan, and if you do, it displays a list of errors it has found. Buying the software is the only solution, you are told. If you do run the de-fragmenter tool, the rogue creates a false Safe Mode background and falsifies a defrag.

            The scan screens may look legitimate: they will state you have severe threats to your hard drive,   RAM, and proactive data protection.   At the bottom of the screen, you are prompted to activate        the "advanced module."

  • Blocks programs and/or files. You may not be able to run certain programs, such as your legitimate antivirus software. Rogue antivirus programs are not viruses. They can modify your security settings to run undetected. You will see a message like the following:

           

            Windows detected a hard drive problem.

            A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.

            Windows detected a hard drive problem.

            Scanning for hard drive errors...

            Hard drive scan helps to detect and resolve hard drive problems and system performance    issues.

            When you try to open certain files, they will appear to be empty, which further bolsters the           illusion that something is wrong with your hard drive.

 

Removing Memory Fixer

Memory Fixer and other rogues modify your security settings so they can run without interruption, you can't remove them by simply running your security software.  They are adept at hiding, so they do not appear in the list of programs to Uninstall or delete.  How can you remove Memory Fixer then?  There are two methods: automatic and manual removal.

  • Manual. Time consuming and tedious, manually removing this rogue program is a very technical job. It can be difficult to delete every trace of a rogue without inadvertently deleting legitimate files. It requires a thorough knowledge of the system registry. To edit the registry, click Start > run and type in "regedit." Be very careful and always back up your files first. Please email us for more thorough instructions if you decide to remove the rogue manually.
  • Automatic. When you choose a program that is designed specifically to detect and remove rogue antivirus programs, like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) and Enigma's SpyHunter, you can thoroughly and safely remove the rogue.

 

Stop Process:

[random characters].exe

Disable DLL Files:

[random characters].dll

Remove Registry Entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[random characters].exe"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[random characters"

Delete Files:

%Temp%\[random characters]

%Temp%\[random characters].exe

%Temp%\[random characters].dll

%Temp%\dfrg

%Temp%\dfrgr

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Desktop\Memory Fixer.lnk

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\Memory Fixer

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\Memory Fixer\Memory Fixer.lnk

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\Memory Fixer\Uninstall Memory Fixer.lnk



Removing Memory Fixer Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of Memory Fixer and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

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Remove Memory Fixer Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing Memory Fixer please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.


Disclaimer: This webpage was created to provide information on Memory Fixer and how to uninstall it. Manual removal instructions are intended for use by technical experts and should be used at your own risk. We do not own or endorse Memory Fixer.




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