Friday, February 26, 2010

FreeFixer – Diagnostic and malware removal tool

FreeFixer is a general purpose malware removal tool which helps you to delete potentially unwanted software, such as adware, spyware, browser toolbars, trojans, viruses and worms. FreeFixer works by scanning a large number of locations where unwanted software is know to be found. It then displays what it finds in categories such as drivers, registry startups and running processes etc allowing you to remove them from the system.

FreeFixer is similar to HijackThis, but with lots of neat features. The scan results are also easier to understand than those produced by HijackThis.


FreeFixer usually detects most of the problems, but occasionally it might not be able to identify a problem. Hence many of the discovered items display a "more nfo" link that will check FreeFixer's database for information about the entry such as whether the file or application uses a digital signature, whether other FreeFixer users have reported finding the same file, and what they've chosen to do with it.

FreeFixer scans a large number of locations such as:

Browser Helper Objects
Internet Explorer toolbars
Autostart shortcuts
Registry Startups
Hidden processes
HOSTS file
System policies
Application modules
TCP/IP settings
Shared Schedulers
Shell Services
Boot executes
Windows XP Firewall Authorized Applications
Mozilla Firefox Extensions
Shell settings
Autorun.inf files
Svchost.exe modules
Explorer.exe modules
Rundll modules
Dllhost.exe modules
… and more

Any suspicious activity found on these location is displayed in the scan results. The user is free to either delete the file or ignore it. Be aware that deleting important Windows files can corrupt your operating system. So unless you know what you're doing, you should be very careful about deleting any discovered files. If you are unsure you can post your FreeFixer log at Freefixer’s online forum, and get volunteers to sift through the data and help you figure out.


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