Windows 7 Fix is a fake computer diagnose program that gets installed on your machine via Trojans. Once infected with the Trojan you will get numerous false error and warning messages regarding the integrity of your HDD. Once you click on these warning messages Windows 7 Fix is automatically downloaded and installed on your machine.
As soon as Windows 7 Fix is installed it will set itself to automatically start at Windows Startup. After a reboot and once Windows 7 Fix starts, you will be spammed with a large number of fake error messages whenever you try to run or delete files on your computer.
Windows 7 Fix will then suggest that the only way to get rid of these errors on your system you need to purchase the full version of the program. Do not let yourself scared into purchasing Windows 7 Fix because the only thing you will get is another fake HDD defragment tool.
It’s important to remember not to delete any files that are found in your Temp folder or use any temp file cleaners. Windows 7 Fix deletes numerous shortcuts on your system but stores backups of these files in the %Temp%\smtmp folder. We will cover how to back-up your deleted files and shortcuts later in this guide.
To make things even worst, Windows 7 Fix will hide some of your files, prevent you from running programs and also redirect your internet searches.
Windows 7 Fix Removal Guide
- First you will need to kill any processes related to Windows 7 Fix. To do this download and run RKill on the infected machine. Keep in mind that Windows 7 Fix will try to prevent you from using RKill so it will generate fake alert messages during the RKill scanning process. If Windows 7 Fix will still give you troubles running RKill you need to download another renamed version of this program and repeat this step. Do NOT reboot your system after completing this step or you will need to start over.
- Windows 7 Fix usually comes bundled with the TDSS rootkit infection that causes internet browsing redirects. Follow this guide in order to get rid of the rootkit infections and if you still experiencing redirects then you need to follow this other removal guide instead.
- Download and install Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware MBAM. During the installation process keep on the lookout for two options labeled Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and make sure they are checked. Reboot your system if prompted to do so after the installation.
- Once the system reboots you should be presented with the main MBAM window. From there, go to the Scanner tab, check the Perform Full Scan button and then click on the Scan button below. After the scanning is complete press OK in the message box.
- After the full system scan is complete MBAM will show you a list of all the treats found on your computer. Make sure every one of these threats are checked and then press on the Remove Selected button. Once MBAM finishes this process it might prompt you to perform a reboot. If so, please restart your computer.
- Your computer should now be clean of any malware or threats. However, you might notice that some of your files are still missing. In order to fix this issue download Unhide.exe and follow this guide that will show you how to restore your files from the Temp folder.
Even if your computer is now clean it’s highly recommended to follow this Secunia PSI guide in order to determine whether there are other vulnerabilities in your computer that might make things easier for future attacks.