SmitfraudFix is an older specialized tool that was used to remove a specific type of malware infection. However, certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs or specialized fix tools such as SmitfraudFix may at times be detected by some anti-virus and anti-malware scanners as a "Risk Tool
", "Hacking Tool
", "Potentially Unwanted Program
", or even "Malware
" (virus/trojan) when that is not the case
. This occurs for a variety of reasons to include the tool's compiler, the files it uses, what behavior it performs, any registry strings it may contain and the type of security engine that was used during the scan.PrcView (PV)
is a utility that provides detailed information about running processes (memory, threads, module usage) and can be used to manipulate them. It is sometimes used by other specialized tools to help deal with malware infection.
Such programs have legitimate uses in contexts where a Malware Removal Expert asked you to use the tool or when an authorized user/administrator has knowingly installed it. When flagged by an anti-virus or security scanner, it's because the program includes features, behavior or files that appear suspicious or which can potentially be used for malicious purposes. These detections do not necessarily mean the file is malware or a bad program.
It means it has the potential for being misused by others or that it was simply detected as suspicious or a threat due to the security program's heuristic analysis
engine which provides the ability to detect possible new variants of malware
. Anti-virus scanners cannot distinguish
between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert you or even automatically remove
them. In these cases the detection is a "false positive
Since SmitfraudFix is outdated and not longer being updated by its creator, you can remove it as follows:
Please download OTC
by OldTimer and save to your Desktop.
-- Doing this will remove any specialized tools downloaded and used. If OTC does not delete itself, then delete the file manually when done.
- Connect to the Internet and double-click on OTC.exe to start the program.
- Click on the green CleanUp! button.
- If you get a warning from your firewall or other security programs regarding OTC attempting to contact the Internet, please allow the connection.
- When it has finished, OTC will ask you to reboot so it can remove itself.
-- Any leftover folders/files on your desktop which OTC did not remove can be deleted manually (right-click on it and choose delete).