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Do you have Winfixer? Experiencing slower system performance and popups that tell you your computer has issues, and that Winfixer can solve them? You may even have read the standard Winfixer claim online: "WinFixer 2005 is a useful utility to scan and fix any system, registry and hard drive errors. It ensures system stability and performance, frees wasted hard drive space and recovers damaged Word, Excel, music and video files." Unfortunately, though, this claim is just not the case. Like many programs that are unwanted downloads, Winfixer is malware.

For most users, Winfixer is simply an unwanted program. These can clog your system, slow your overall processes down, and help to make your personal computing experience miserable. It is clearly one of the malware applications you just don't want on your machine.

How Did It Get There?

There are many ways you might end up with this program on your system, but the most common one is that it is often attached to other downloads, and often overlooked as you make your way through the download process. The most typical installation scenario occurs when you are on a site associated with the program. Keep in mind that you don't actually have to be at the Winfixer.com site. A dialog box pops up, asking you if you want to install Winfixer, and at that point, no matter where you click, Winfixer will install itself on your system. The only real way to prevent this from happening when it reaches that point is to close the browser application through the task manager. During the installation process of Winfixer, you won't be notified, nor will you be shown a privacy policy. Winfixer does offer a privacy policy at  http://www.winfixer.com/privacy.html for the little good it will do you once your system has downloaded this application.

Can I Just Leave It There?

One of the biggest problems with Winfixer is that it claims to be an application that will help you maintain and fix any problems that you might have with your Windows Operating System. This, however, is truly not the case. In order for any of the "problems" it finds with your system to be fixed, you must order a costly paid subscription. Moreover, most of the issues it finds with the system aren't valid ones in the first place. It claims to help you fix problems on your system that don't exist, and therein lies the problem with this application.  While it does seem to be benign in many cases, it can concern you as a user, and it does so based on partly untrue information, which is a hassle more than anything else. The advertisement for the program will pop up randomly during computer use once you have it on your system, and it may even run a fake system scan in an attempt to get you to purchase the program. While most users are only annoyed or experience a system slow down as a result of the installation, Winfixer does have the ability to shut down a computer's optical drive, so removing it is really the best option in this case.

Are There Others Out There Like It?

You may also encounter several similar programs. ErrorSafe comes from the same range of IP addresses, it it also claims to protect you from computer problems like crashes or corrupted files. WinAntiVirus is a pretty similar one, as is SystemDoctor and DriveCleaner. All of them will notify you that you have serious computer problems, but none of them can actually change that, and most of them will falsely tell you that you do have problems when, indeed, you do not. Most think this to be a member of the Vundo trojan family, making it that much more important that you remove it from your system.

Where Did Winfixer Originate?

Winfixer is a difficult one to track down. The parent company, Winsoftware Ltd, does not come from Liverpool, England, as they suggest, and the domain registration on the whois database shows a company in Ukraine that no longer exists. Most sources suggest the server comes from  ErrorSafe Inc. at 1878 Hutson Street, Belize City, BZ, but this has yet to be tracked down by officials. A lawsuit in the United States has been filed against the company, but as it is so difficult to track down, the chances are quite good that nothing will be done in response to the suit.

Getting Rid of This Pest

Removing this one is a real problem. There are many files and registry edits added as soon as it installs, and getting rid of each one is essential to avoid reinstallation. If you just stop the program through the task manager, it will pop back up and reinstall. There are a couple of ways to try to get rid of it on your system.

First, consider running your current virus software. Make sure it is updated, and any patches are downloaded. If that doesn't get rid of it, use a good spyware remover. Keep in mind that many of the ones you'll find online are simply clones of programs like this, so getting a proven product is the only way to keep from further causing system problems. If these methods don't work for you, your best bet is to manually remove each file and registry key. Keep in mind, though, working with your registry without knowledge of how to do so can wreak havoc with your system, so if you don't know how to deal with the registry, stay out of it. The manual removal file list follows this article.

Without a doubt, Winfixer should certainly be removed from your system at the first opportunity. If you are unfamiliar with how to get rid of programs like this, and how to further protect your machine, consider having a professional take care of it for you.

Should you choose to manually remove this program, each of the following files must be taken out of your system:

  • Installer Downloader: WinFixerScannerInstall.exe (112 KB)
    MD5: F848DAA50454ED968593F898CFE9C003
  • Installer: WinFixer2005ScannerSetup.exe (2.30 MB)
    MD5: 39177055ADA112A06E09A1FB92C7A46E
  • %SystemDir%mfc71.dll* (1036 KB)
  • %SystemDir%dfe1.exe (29 KB)
    MD5: DD5F65E52A449FE637530EB5007A3512
  • %SystemDir%atl71.dll* (87 KB)
  • %SystemDir%driversdf_u42.sys (6 KB)
    MD5: E249350B14DEA2FA605DCCA688D25526
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005wfx5.url (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005uwfx5.exe (7916 KB)
    MD5: 81B5C8274A8CFE1C029716E5DBDDCC3E
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005updater.exe (680 KB)
    MD5: 584FACFF8F9528A721646B6FCACBEF6F
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005updater.dat (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005up.dat (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005unins000.exe (653 KB)
    MD5: 6831E53C1F7AAA8F5F0104E0E0CD6A9E
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005unins000.dat (5 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005trace.log (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005template.dbx (58 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005support.url (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005strrs.dll (14 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005str.exe (44 KB)
    MD5: 41808E512C828881862E229A0D31E7D7
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005sr.log (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005pv.dat (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005program.sav (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005mfix.dll (112 KB)
    MD5: 00F34F0C4EA298D0F6CD7FFB2CDA1A0F
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005lock.dat (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005license.rtf (67 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005lapv.dat (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005install.exe (40 KB)
    MD5: BFF71D7D0468C81D93866C04E79738BA
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005idletrc.dll (4 KB)
    MD5: B79585B61AF0E34703F2E661C1FF466B
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005fxcr.dll (54 KB)
    MD5: 881B1C5629D4273C4EDE20C0DCC1AAEF
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005ftr.dll (48 KB)
    MD5: 590F888FE6058C09CEC96170ED8FCB9A
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005flfxr_3.dll (517 KB)
    MD5: 961703B5D8C1A01B8D1B11658793B541
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005flash.ini (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005ffwrapr.dll (100 KB)
    MD5: A02FAE95AD63E78B8891CF8A643C9EF9
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005df_u42.sys (6 KB)
    MD5: E249350B14DEA2FA605DCCA688D25526
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005df_prox.dll (40 KB)
    MD5: 0C5EE6DE80BCD3DB1877CC6AE005B9AE
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005df_fix.dll (88 KB)
    MD5: 2AC9F97F51D6F3E9DDFE453E0E95F031
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005database.sav (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005compclr.dll (268 KB)
    MD5: CD4BF8221AA4009EC318E4BF08093852
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005bnlink.dat (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005activate.dat (1 KB)
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005scan tasks
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005repaired files
  • c:program fileswinfixer 2005files backup
  • c:program filescommon fileswinfixer 2005uwappchk.dll (33 KB)
    MD5: A07AA678FEAD4FD13CCB4F448DD0B454
  • c:program filescommon fileswinfixer 2005fcrxml.dll (100 KB)
    MD5: F9EFEA4EE347CACEC7293C2DB714E012
  • c:documents and settingsall usersstart menuprogramswinfixer 2005winfixer 2005.lnk (1 KB)
  • c:documents and settingsall usersstart menuprogramswinfixer 2005winfixer 2005 on the web.lnk (1 KB)
  • c:documents and settingsall usersstart menuprogramswinfixer 2005uninstall winfixer 2005.lnk (1 KB)
  • c:documents and settingsall usersstart menuprogramswinfixer 2005contact customer support.lnk (1 KB)
  • c:documents and settings(username)local settingstempwinfixer2005setup.exe (2346 KB)
    MD5: 6EF6B447DC3379AC6C296DC35CA4D603
  • c:documents and settings(username)desktopwinfixer 2005.lnk (1 KB)
  • c:documents and settings(username)cookies(username)@winfixer[1].txt (1 KB)

From there, you must remove each of the following registry keys in your system.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesdf_u42
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetEnumRoot
    LEGACY_DF_U42
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSafeBoot
    Networkdf_u42.sys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSafeBoot
    Minimaldf_u42.sys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet001Servicesdf_u42
    "DisplayName"="df_u42"
    "ImagePath"="??C:WINDOWSsystem32driversdf_u42.sys"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet001EnumRootLEGACY_DF_U42
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet001ControlSafeBootNetworkdf_u42.sys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet001ControlSafeBootMinimaldf_u42.sys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWinFixer 2005
    "ActivationCode"="49425899-D4F7-46D6-BDF3-048ED4A560EE" (may vary)
    "InstallPath"="C:Program FilesWinFixer 2005"
    "Abbr"="UWFX5"
    "ProductCode"="UWFX5-0001-8882-7773"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion
    UninstallUWFX_5_is1
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion
    SharedDLLs
    "C:Program FilesCommon FilesWinFixer 2005uwappchk.dll"="1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion
    SharedDLLs
    "C:Program FilesCommon FilesWinFixer 2005FCrXML.dll"="1"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareWinFixer 2005
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
    "WinFixer 2005"="C:Program FilesWinFixer 2005uwfx5.exe /scan"
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTUWFXCheck.UWFXCheck.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTUWFXCheck.UWFXCheck
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib{D49C1A5F-26CF-482E-81EE-1D4C9B057BD2}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib{8D67C4E4-AAD6-46A1-812F-D7D21BBB4624}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib{6F9DB588-66C5-4904-A2C7-423961358E8C}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib{5F638503-4F2E-48F8-9210-9865AF4AD020}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib{371EFE75-C183-4D0C-B8CD-2DFAFEEB34D7}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib{25BAE2A9-DF54-4927-AF6F-9963146D11D8}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib{248FDD41-4E0A-4138-9086-6CF5D6FA8179}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib{17E55F3A-20AB-4668-A75F-DC96377AE16C}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTMMFx.CoFxEngin.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTMMFx.CoFxEngin
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{FE899520-E9F9-4CD9-AABB-E9074815CF50}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{F3067DE7-3DBA-4DF8-9FA0-6B0200BAA324}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{DB064061-95F1-4BAF-BEC9-F70792E01094}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{D4EA0C00-3BC8-4B26-8D2E-C5512B07A211}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{D3390AE7-6F1D-464F-8921-AF9A85EED316}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{CADCB2CC-0B7E-45B1-A689-A0AD9CE5932D}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{B36E6241-4D02-41FF-A16D-9B57E67D7B15}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{B26CA1F6-2D46-49AE-9897-9C5B7CCAB9FB}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{B0725565-2694-43EC-B1AB-0245762C9860}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{92B92664-32D6-4FCE-B2CE-C8519BAEFC4E}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{86786BEC-544D-473F-8D93-8E7AC0685361}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{81A7D75C-9768-41C3-AE0F-8B108D802B62}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{7F208C01-1FB1-4BC8-B918-82E287B0BB79}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{7D9DFDB3-5135-4279-B365-3CEEA4AC1EAC}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{7A66E632-E262-4986-A936-CC636282F138}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{74ECF6F4-62C5-48BA-945E-B20A97239A5E}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{68A7506D-DF03-4DF0-BE96-02BCB918EA7D}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{490E59CC-F6D5-4987-BBC8-E1A6D599C3F8}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{471D3AEF-F18C-4626-A7DB-320732ACC763}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{3C2656F4-8601-42B6-BDC3-DEC901E21C80}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{3BB63444-FD94-4C31-9D6F-0DA76CB11D70}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInterface{24F3E817-2C07-4CB5-975D-F23FCFAEDE51}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFlFxr3.FlFixer3
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFixCor.MMFxCor.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFixCor.MMFxCor
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFFWrap.FEnginWrape.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFFWrap.FEnginWrape
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTdf_prx.DriverManipulat.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTdf_prx.DriverManipulat
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTdf_fix.Fix.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTdf_fix.Fix
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCore.FileClean.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.SystemCleane.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.SystemCleane
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.RegCleane.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.RegCleane
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.InetCleane.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.InetCleane
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.FileCleane
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.CQuickScan.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.CQuickScan
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.AppCleane.1
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTComCleanCor.AppCleane
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{F0ED6398-E5F8-4ef8-BAB9-FE9BBCE7EF3E}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{EAB5DB02-08F5-4e7d-81F9-75B9462FAAE3}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{D4EA0C00-3BC8-4B26-8D2E-C5512B07A211}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{C08FA317-C152-4fea-AC0B-2EA68D2B1C84}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{B8CA1E6C-87E2-4435-9E56-8B791EC459D8}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{B36E6241-4D02-41FF-A16D-9B57E67D7B15}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{B296F12B-48A9-45fb-A860-4B98707B47AE}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{ABC72615-4FB0-4689-AED9-AA6B89CEBC2C}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{A99498D2-56E1-4e27-AC88-2328C6A87C7C}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{9F3D2A3C-D537-482b-A91B-44EE29F09C4B}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{8E3A1531-F462-4628-ADD8-D32984637641}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{861D5757-3A7E-4c46-966E-8CD53A0D0013}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{7F208C01-1FB1-4BC8-B918-82E287B0BB79}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{72D597C4-2312-4116-BED4-4F9A2B2F710E}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{6F85DDE5-A2DE-4217-A05D-0A7CD3C04DC2}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{5A1C8180-2A52-470c-938C-BFB4E63AA32D}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppID{E11FF09D-39AF-4613-86AD-F3217E576571}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppID{DED71DE6-0575-4556-8311-A506B116A1A9}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppID{AAB0BA34-6D48-425f-B4B4-98F158CB61F1}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppID{3C132D19-6103-4fc3-8326-34E13EE9E2C0}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppIDMFix.DLL
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppIDFxCr.DLL
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppIDFFWrapr.DLL
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppIDcompclr.dll


Removing WinFixer 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 WinFixer 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 WinFixer 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 WinFixer 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.


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