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FreeFixer 1.12

Find and remove all kinds of unwanted software with this expert-level security tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 October 2014
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Downloads To Date: 3570
Developer: Roger Karlsson
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FreeFixer 1.12
Find and remove all kinds of unwanted software with this expert-level security tool

FreeFixer is an interesting tool which can help you find and remove adware, spyware, viruses and more. Although while we say "help", you're going to have to do a great deal of the work.

The program works by scanning areas where it knows there may be signs of unwanted software: transport and namespace service providers, AppInit_DLLs, browser helper objects, IE toolbars, Google Chrome extensions, services, Explorer extensions, drivers, recently created or modified files and more.

FreeFixer will then ignore or highlight files within those sections which it knows are trusted, so for instance it didn't list 43 common or system services on our test PC. You will see whatever's left, and it becomes your job to choose anything that you'd like to remove.

This plainly isn't for beginners. At all. FreeFixer's reports are unashamedly technical (section headers include items such as "Csrss.exe's virtual memory files") can contain a great deal of information. You need to know your way around a PC to follow them.

If you're used to manually hunting malware, though, FreeFixer could be very helpful. It checks a lot of locations; its whitelisting does a good job of removing known safe files so that you can concentrate on what's left; and there are plenty of useful bonus features. The program detects many system policies commonly set by malware to, say, prevent you launching Regedit or Task Manager, and allows you to fix them with a click.

And while the program doesn't come in a portable form, you can run it from a USB stick with just a little work. The FreeFixer manual explains all (search the page for "portable").

Version 1.12:
    •FreeFixer now scans Google Chrome Extensions.
    •FreeFixer's plain text log now includes the name of the signer for each file. For example: "signer: ClientConnect LTD [valid]" or "signer: [unsigned]" if the file is unsigned.
    •Extended whitelist

Verdict:

FreeFixer is a useful on-demand scanner which can help you uncover spyware, viruses, adware and more. You have to decide yourself what's to be removed, though, so this is really for experienced malware hunters only.

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

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Version 2.12.1 brings:
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