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FreeFixer 1.04

FreeFixer Editor's Review

Keep your PC malware free with this cool Windows utility.

When you get malware, you have just a couple of real world possibilities: live with it, rebuild your PC, or try to remove the malware.  Living with it often is something people try to do but don't succeed at. At some point, you simply can't take it any more.  Rebuilding your PC often resolves the issues, but there's the potential of substantial data loss.  Removing the malware is often the best choice, but choosing the right tool is often difficult.  When I bump into problems, I like to give FreeFixer a shot. It’s a free anti-malware tool for Windows.

FreeFixer is a general purpose removal tool.  It can help you to delete adware, spyware, Trojans, viruses and worms from your computer. FreeFixer works by scanning a large number of file locations where unwanted software is known to leave traces. This includes Program Files, Startup, your browser's plug-ins, your home page setting, etc.

FreeFixer doesn't necessarily know what is unwanted. Instead, it presents the scan result and it's up to you decide if something should be removed or should be restored to their default values. Deleting the wrong file could be problematic, so you need to err on the side of caution.

If you're unsure on what to delete, you can check additional information at FreeFixer's web site for each item in the scan result. You can for example see what other users chose to do with the same files they found. You can also save log file of your scan result and consult the volunteers in one of the FreeFixer helper forums.  However, if you're not sure, the best thing to do, is nothing at all.

App Pro’s: Free

App Con’s: Should know what is and isn't malware

Conclusion: While FreeFixer's price is right, its methods of removing malware clearly are not.  While it may be worth a shot for the more advanced user, there are clearly other tools available that can provide better identification of known malware and offer to remove them as well.  In this more modern age of anti-malware and security software, the hit or miss, user decides whether to remove or not methods employed here are much too primitive.  Use a different app.

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