Dll-Files Fixer removal instructions
What is the Dll-Files Fixer PUA?
Dll-Files Fixer is a piece of software, much as the name implies - endorsed as a tool capable of fixing DLL file errors, thereby improving system performance. However, due to the dubious techniques used to distribute this app, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). This category contains questionably marketed and distributed products, yet it is not uncommon for this software to be nonoperational and/or have additional unmentioned functionalities.
While legitimate products can be distributed dubiously, such techniques are primarily used to distribute untrustworthy software. PUAs usually appear ordinary and harmless. They entice users' into download/installation with offers of various "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, the promised features rarely work as advertised and in most cases - they do not work at all. One prime example of this are fake anti-virus tools / system optimizers. These programs require activation (i.e. purchase) to perform their functions, yet following activation - they remain nonoperational. It is not unlikely that this is the case with Dll-Files Fixer as well. Furthermore, PUAs can have undisclosed abilities. Unwanted apps can force-open rogue, sale-oriented, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Adware-types can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e. deliver pop-ups, banners, coupons, etc. These ads overly page content and limit the browsing speed. Upon being clicked, they redirect to dangerous sites and some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Another PUA type called browser hijackers modify browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. With a browser hijacker installed: every single search query typed into the URL bar and new browser tab/window opened - redirect to the address of the promoted web searcher. Illegitimate search engines are seldom capable of providing search results, so they tend to redirect to Yahoo, Bing, Google and other genuine ones. What is more, most PUAs (regardless of type) have data tracking abilities. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and gather sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is highly likely to contain personally identifiable information. PUA developers monetize this information by sharing it and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to financial loss, system infections, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay.
|Name||Dll-Files Fixer potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||DLL file error repair|
|Detection Names||DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.1502), Fortinet (W32/Generic_PUA_CI.AA), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Systweak.AB Potentiall), McAfee (Artemis!48A864A7A84D), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
ScanUtilities, System Care Pro, Abrasive, Perfect Optimizer and RocketFixio are some examples of other potentially unwanted applications. This software does not appear suspicious, it usually looks legitimate and handy. Despite how good the functionalities may sound, they are rarely operational. The only purpose of unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs cause redirects to untrustworthy/malicious websites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers and gather private data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs can have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. These apps can also be downloaded/installed together with products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive adverts can infiltrate such applications into systems as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs, without user permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software before download/installation. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate, however they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this type, the system must be inspected and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins - immediately removed. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of Dll-Files Fixer application (GIF):
Installation setup of Dll-Files Fixer application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Dll-Files Fixer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Dll-Files Fixer" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Dll-Files Fixer did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dll-files fixer potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dll-files fixer potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with dll-files fixer potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dll-files fixer potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove dll-files fixer potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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