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Reposting For RickW: Getting Rid of Winfixer

by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 29, 2005 9:19 AM PDT

I'm reposting this topic for RickW but I've removed the links he provided to various Winfixer sites..NOT a good idea..His fix may be a good idea but the bad links were removed.

Hope this helps.


Getting Rid of Winfixer

This is for (XP Service Pack 2 for Internet Explorer 6)

I recently had problems with winfixer adds and others:


While using internet explorer I would be sent to a strange page. Here is what I did:
Step 1: Dump Restore points, click Start, control panel, double-click System, select the System Restore
tab, check ''Turn off System Restore on all drives.'' Click Apply and OK.
Step 2: Restart your computer in Safe Mode by repeatedly pressing the F8 key, select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER, select operating system and press ENTER, when it askes if you want your Windows to run in safe mode, click Yes.
Step 3: Open Internet Explorer, click the Tools menu, and then click Manage Add-ons, click the name of the add-on and click Disable.
If you can't access Internet Explorer, click Start, double-click Internet Options, on Programs tab, click Manage Add-ons, click the name of the add-on, click Disable.
Step 4: Restart Windows in its normal mode. Click Start, control panel, double-click System, select the System Restore tab, remove the check, click apply and OK.

Your problem should be over.


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winfixer no F8 action
by DontheLegend / October 31, 2005 11:38 AM PST

Hi RickW,

I turned off system restore, and hit F8 repeatedly and nothing happened. I hit it pretty good without entirely lacing in to it. Please help.



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by DontheLegend / October 31, 2005 11:54 AM PST
In reply to: winfixer no F8 action

I'm not so bright you restart then hit F8, yes, ty.


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by sweep / November 11, 2005 9:40 AM PST

This is total CRAP! Why should we put up with this? Why should I have to pay to remove them from my computer? Why are they still on the Internet! They are criminal!

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Not a file w/ winfixer in my add-ons
by henrylynn / November 24, 2005 1:26 AM PST

Thanks a lot for this proceedure but there wasn't an add on that had the winfixer name in it. I disabled one named "Research" but something keeps directing the browser to the winfix site. Any ideas on where this could be hidden?

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by Maisie663 / November 26, 2005 8:35 PM PST

You might try installing Spybot, it is free--know three people have removed it with Spybot. Google to their site for a free download. Good Luck

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I used Spybot, it's worked!
by nowei / December 17, 2005 3:45 AM PST
In reply to: Winfixer

I downloaded Spybot and it scanned, identified and removed the Winfixer. Then I need to go to Window Control Pannel, Remove program to remove Winfixer. After that I reboot my PC, the Winfixer is gone! I am very happy.

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Henrylynn, Another Winfixer Removal Tool
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 27, 2005 7:51 AM PST
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I would look for a hidden file called ddaxv.dll
by glsmith5150 / December 13, 2005 6:02 PM PST

I think this hidden file ddaxv.dll located in the c:\windows\system32 is related to Winfixer. In safe mode it closes explorer.exe after launch and prevents the removal of the dll since it is in use. It also relaunches nvctrl.exe and msmessenger.exe (not related to Microsoft Messenger) if you kill these two tasks. Had to connect hard disk to other computer to delete the file. Then launch windows in safe mode to run spyware removal tools to clean up the rest of the infection. Hope this helps. This piece of software mimics the Windows Update Icon on the toolbar and displays a balloon telling you that you are infected and to click here to download software to remove it. Bloody vandals. I hope Microsoft will go after these dreggs for using their icon to fool people.

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by RAMISki / January 13, 2006 3:40 AM PST

OK, anybody out there who is "computer-savvy" please be a good network community neighbor.

Find and post some names, addresses, pictures...ANY info at all on everyone who has a connection with WinFixer.

Government is doing NOTHING. We MUST help ourselves. There are thousands of us plagued by WinFixer who would dearly love to drop in for a visit with some of the WinFixer folks.

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