Windows Fix Disk

This page is all about malware known as Windows Fix Disk. Also included is step-by-step removal guide as well as tips to protect your computer against this type of harmful threat.

Windows Fix Disk or also called as WindowsFixDisk virus is a bogus system and hard drive optimization program that will pop-up false information on the stability of the computer and state that problems were encountered. Windows Fix Disk is commonly acquire via Trojan infection and will be spread through the Internet. If this type of program gets through the system, a bunch of messages reporting bad sectors, initializing errors and boot problems will be notices. It may look like coming from Windows because it was designed to deceive victims. It also modifies registry and allow itself to run when Windows starts. A self-scan is performed followed by an advice to fix the error by having the licensed version of Windows Fix Disk.

This rogue application offers a variety of functionalities that will diagnose computer hard drives, RAM memory, system health and provide proactive protection for RAM and hard disk drives. Although not all of these were possible to be provided by a rogue program such as Windows Fix Disk. It was installed without the necessary components to afford them. A plain scam program will pretend as legitimate tool for Windows system. It is important to remove Windows Fix Disk as soon as possible to prevent further harm on the system. Provided below is a simple removal procedure and free tool to get rid of this program automatically.

TypeRogue
Sub-TypeFakeAV
OS AffectedWindows

What are the Symptoms of Windows Fix Disk Infection?

windows-fix-disk

It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = ‘/{hq:/s`s:/ogn:/uyu:/dyd:/c`u:/bnl:/ble:/sdf:/lrh:/iul:/iulm:/fhg:/clq:/kqf:/`wh:/lqf:/lqdf:/lnw:/lq2:/l2t:/v`w:/rbs:’

The threat will drop the following malicious files:
Windows Vista & 7:
%AllUsersProfile%\~
%AllUsersProfile%\~r
%AllUsersProfile%\.dll
%AllUsersProfile%\.exe
%AllUsersProfile%\
%AllUsersProfile%\.exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Fix Disk.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Fix Disk\
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Fix Disk\Uninstall Windows Fix Disk.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Fix Disk\Windows Fix Disk.lnk

Windows XP:
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~r
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Fix Disk.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Fix Disk\
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Fix Disk\Uninstall Windows Fix Disk.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Fix Disk\Windows Fix Disk.lnk

Follow these Procedures to Remove Windows Fix Disk

Procedure 1 : Run antivirus scan under Safe Mode with Networking

Procedure 2 : Scan the computer with anti-malware program to complete the removal of Windows Fix Disk

Procedure 3 : Use Fake Antivirus scanner and removal tool to make sure that no more remnants of

Procedure 1: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. First, we will try to remove Windows Fix Disk by running a virus scan under Safe Mode with Networking. To perform this task, please complete these procedures.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.

win7-safemode

Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift+F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, Windows 8 will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.

win8-recovery

- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.

win8-safemode

2. Open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 2: Scan and remove Windows Fix Disk files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Windows Fix Disk, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Windows Fix Disk Removel Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 3: Run TrendMicro's Anti-Threat Toolkit (ATTK) to check and delete any remnants of Windows Fix Disk.

As an added help to remove Windows Fix Disk, you can scan the computer with Anti-Threat Toolkit. This software is provided and distributed by TrendMicro. Follow this procedure to run a scan with this tool.

1. Download the package by clicking on the button below. This will launch a new browser window that contains further details about the tool.

FakeAVRemover Download Link

2. Save the file to a location on your hard drive.
3. Browse for the location of the file and double-click to run. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click on extracted file attk_far_gui.exe and click on Run as Administrator.

Run FakeAVRemover

4. When program launch, it will run a command prompt to initialize, prepare components, and update the program.
5. Next it will open the graphical user interface (GUI) of Anti-Threat Toolkit.

FakeAVRemover GUI

6. Click on Scan Now. This operation will scan all Windows Fix Disk files and processes in your computer and display a list of result for possible Fake Antivirus program and malware that needs to be removed.

FakeAVRemover Scan

7. Tick all items that are detected by the program, and then click Clean. The tool will start removing Windows Fix Disk components from the computer.
8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.

Protect your PC from Windows Fix Disk or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

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