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Is PCFixSpeed Scam or Malware?
Most PC users keep dwelling on the question as whether PCFixSpeed system optimizer is malware or rogueware due to the following suspicious behaviors:
- Users didn’t download it and PC Fix Speed installs without knowledge.
- PC users with PC Fix Speed have problems with speed, freezing and pop ups from these sites.
- Uninstalling PCFixSpeed/Optimize Your PC from Control Panel makes no difference.
- Running installed anti-virus programs will only remove some threats without removing PC Fix Speed.
PC Fix Speed’s Malicious Traits
PC Fix Speed is a program with promises to help speed up PC performance. Just like any other reputable security utilities, PC Fix Speed has its paid version with much more powerful functions to help eradicate threats. Somehow, it acts just on the contrary. The purpose is thought-provoking.
Automatic Install - PC Fix Speed System Optimizer was not a public concern as it is. To get promote business, the program piggyback on other third-party program and use driver-by download to get onto computers. Due to its persistent feature, PC Fix Speed becomes the public concern finally.
PC Fix Speed persists - PC Fix Speed’s executable file (PCFixTray.exe) is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file to ensure automatic start at each Windows start, which is quite common for security utilities to do so. But more .exe, .dat and .dll files have been injected into the system to call background processes other dll services to keep the program staying on a target machine.
Why Remove PC Fix Speed As Soon As Possible?
Please always keep in mind that all persistent programs that cannot be removed with conventional methods can be potentially dangerous. PC Fix Speed by itself is of course no dangerous; instead, the dangerous could come from the random modifications by it. The result can be vulnerable machine as:
- More internal resources have been occupied, which leave few CPU to kernel services and security programs to safeguard the machine fully.
- The random modification in DataBase would break the compactedness of the system, loophole can be manifested to be exploited by some aggressive virus such as Trojan.Zekos.Patched rpcss.dll virus.
Manual Way to Remove PC Fix Speed System Optimizer
1.access DataBase to remove the items related to PC Fix Speed.
a. navigate to the following entries respectively to find suspicious key value started with “Run” and delete accordingly.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders Startup=”C:\windows\start menu\programs\startup
b.navigate to the following entries to remove related ones.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run\random.exe”c. hold Control and F key together to get a Find box, then search for and remove the related services found in Step 3.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\ Smart Guard Protection
2.end PC Fix Speed's processes.
Ctrl,+Alt+Delete (Windows 7/XP/Vista) key combination/ Ctrl + Shift + Esc(Windows 8) > Task Manager > View tab > “Select Columns”> “Image Path Name” and PID > see full path name > end the processes referring the location of PC Fix Speed.
3. end PC Fix Speed's services.
Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > open System Tools > System Information > Software Environment > Running Tasks > see the path for each service on the right pane > remove the ones that do not belong to System and that with the path directing to the PC Fix Speed's directory.
4.uninstall PC Fix Speed from Control Panel, if any.
Windows 7/Vista/XP - Start menu > Control Panel > “Add/Remove Programs” > uninstall PC Fix Speed.
Windows 8 - “Unpin” button > ‘Control Panel’ > "Programs and Features" > uninstall PC Fix Speed.
5.open up random folder; search for and remove everything related to PC Fix Speed.
Before that, it is recommended to show hidden items.
Control panel > user accounts and family safety >Folder Options > view tab > tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ > non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
Windows Explorer > view tab > tick ‘File name extensions’ > tick “hidden items”.
a. Next open up random folder and hit on Search icon, type "PC Fix Speed" in all the search blanks and hit Enter button so as to remove all the detection.
b. mainly navigate to the following folder and remove the ones related on the day when PC Fix Speed was firstly detected.
Though PC Fix Speed System Optimizer is not technically virus, as potentially unwanted program, additional items could be brought onto a machine without permission to cause unforeseeable problems. If the problems are too overwhelming, feel free to get quick fix by starting a live chat window here.