FileFix Professional is ransomware that requires you to
purchase it in order to fix files that have been encrypted on your computer.
This program is advertised through a Trojan that has a filename of C:\Windows\system32\fpfstb.dll.
When you are infected with this Trojan, every time you open a Office document,
PDF, etc, it will encrypt the file so that it becomes unreadable by it's normal
application. When you try to open these files, this same Trojan will display
an alert stating that your file is corrupted and that you should click on
the alert in order to fix the file. When you click on this alert, it will
automatically download and install FileFix Professional on to your computer.
The current text of this alert is:
Windows File Protection
Windows detected that some of your MS Office and
media files are corrupted. Click here to download and install recommended
file repair application.
When FileFix Professional runs it will scan your computer for encrypted files
and then allow you to fix only one of these corrupted files. Unfortunately,
if the Trojan is still installed on your computer it would just encrypt it
again when you access the document.
FileFix Professional 2009 showing corrupted documents
For more screen shots of this infection click on the image above.
There are a total of 3 images you can view.
Below is a removal guide that will remove FileFix and the fpfstb.dll Trojan.
Unfortunately, it does not fix the files that were encrypted on your computer.
While we wait for AV vendors to figure out a way to decrypt your files, I
have come up with a convoluted method of fixing your encrypted files. Please
use the removal guide below to remove the Trojan and the FileFix program from
your computer. Then follow these instructions in order to repair your files:
Julia Wolf from FireEye, has been able to
come up with a decryption routine that can be used to repair the files encrypted
by FileFix. Using Julia's decryption technique a program was created called
Anti FileFix by Bobby, from Malzilla.org,
that can scan your computer for encrypted files and then decrypt them for
you automatically. This program can be downloaded from here:
In order to use the program you should follow these steps:
Run Anti FileFix
- When the program opens, click on the Select Folder button
and then select the folder you would like to scan. If you wish to scan an
entire drive, then select the particular drive letter. When the drive is selected,
press the OK button.
- At this point you can click on the Scan button in order
for the program to scan your computer for encrypted files. This mode does
not decrypt these files. On the other hand, if you wish to find and decrypt
any files that Anti FileFix finds, then you should click on the Scan
and Fix button.
When the files are decrypted, they will be decrypted into a new filename
in the same folder with _fixed(1) appended to the original filename. So if
the file was named test.doc, the decrypted version will be test_fixed(1).doc.
If you just need to decrypt one or two files, then you can continue to use
the web decryption tool created
I would like to thank Julia Wolf, from FireEye,
for creating the decryption and identification routines and Bobby, from Mazilla.org,
for creating the bulk decryption scanner.
View FileFix Professional files.
View FileFix Professional Registry Information.
Entries for this program found in the Uninstall Programs control panel:
FileFix Professional 2009
Tools Needed for this fix:
03-19-09 - Initial guide creation.
03-20-09 - Updated to include the new decryption tool by FireEye.
03-21-09 - Updated to include instructions on how to decrypt your files with Anti FileFix.
Automated Removal Instructions for FileFix Professional using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following
location and save it to your desktop:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue
with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings
and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
- MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.
- MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can
take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically
check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
- When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different
than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove
all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry
keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM
may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message
stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer
has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the FileFixProfessional program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help
View Associated FileFix Professional Files
C:\Program Files\FileFix Professional 2009
C:\Program Files\FileFix Professional 2009\unins000.dat
C:\Program Files\FileFix Professional 2009\unins000.exe
C:\Program Files\FileFix Professional 2009\wizard.exe
C:\Program Files\FileFix Professional 2009\wizard.url
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\FileFix Professional 2009.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\FileFix Professional 2009.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\FileFix Professional 2009
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\FileFix Professional 2009\FileFix Professional 2009 on the Web.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\FileFix Professional 2009\FileFix Professional 2009.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\FileFix Professional 2009\Uninstall FileFix Professional 2009.lnk
File Location Notes:
%UserProfile% refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> for Windows 2000/XP, C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7/8, and c:\winnt\profiles\<Current User> for Windows NT.
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
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