How to remove Phonix

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Potentially Unwanted Application Phonix

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Name

Phonix

Description

Phonix are Potentially Unwanted Applications that are often used to display unwanted pop-up ads or redirect Web search results to promotional or malicious websites. Phonix are often built into freeware or shareware programs that install them without the user's consent or awareness. Trojans and other malware can also be downloaded and installed through PUA.

Type

Potentially Unwanted Application

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Manual

How to manually remove Phonix guide. Only for ADVANCED users.

  • Step 1: Basic check for Phonix activity

    Check running processes on your system. Usually you can find Phonix process running. Use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc buttons combination to open system information window and click Processes tab. Scroll down the whole list and try to find the process named like Phonix. If you find Phonix process running, right click on it and choose “End Process”. It will disable Phonix for the current Windows session, but remember that if you do not completely remove Phonix using next steps, then your PC will stay vulnerable to malware attack. Next steps are much more important in removing Phonix.

  • Step 2: Disconnect your PC from the Internet

    Prevent the malware from leaking or spreading your personal data. Potentially Unwanted Application usually uses the Internet to transfer all possible and important information you have. Some Potentially Unwanted Applications are not so “Active” and they can simply disable some Windows features and options. To disconnect your PC from the Internet you need to plug-off LAN cable (if you use LAN connection) or to turn of the Wi-Fi module (if you use Wi-Fi Internet connection). Most of (not 100%) Potentially Unwanted Applications can not access Wi-Fi module preferences. Turning off the Internet will disable Phonix from transferring any data from your PC.

  • Step 3: Enter the safe mode.

    The next step is very important in removing Phonix. After turning off the Internet and disabling Phonix process you will need to reboot your PC in so-called Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a Windows mode which allows you to start the System using only important applications and services. Safe Mode does not usually allow Phonix to load when the system boots (!!!but exceptions can appear!!!). Choose Restart in Windows Start menu and wait until the screen turns off.

    After that you have to follow the next instructions according to the versions of Microsoft Windows you use:

      Windows XP:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Advanced Options Menu and press ENTER.

      Windows Vista, 7:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Use the arrow keys from Windows Advanced Options Menu in order to select Safe Mode and press ENTER.

      Windows 8, 8.1, 10:
    1. Press and hold the Shift button when left-clicking the Restart button on Windows log-on screen.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Troubleshooting boot screen and press ENTER.

  • Step 4: Removing virus files

    Having booted your PC in Safe mode you have to start cleaning your PC manually by deleting every file associated with Phonix one by one. Here is the list of all files associated with Phonix. Delete all files listed below using the Shift+Delete buttons combination. Always double check the file name as sometimes Potentially Unwanted Applications use very similar filenames as very important system files do and you can mistakenly remove important system file what will harm your system and you will not be able to boot your PC at all.

    Please, remember that viruses are always progressing and sometimes new files can appear. If you are using our offline PDF guide on How to remove Phonix, please check if you have it’s latest version.

    We do not guarantee that Phonix has the same file structure at the moment of deleting.

    After removing all files associated with Phonix that were listed above, reboot your system in normal mode and check if your PC works fine or you still have any troubles.

    It it is OK – congratulations! You have made a great job!

    If it is still NOT ok – use OSHI Defender to check your PC.

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  • What damage can Phonix do to my computer?

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  • Can Phonix spread to other computers?

  • Countries with the highest Phonix infection rates.

  • The first recorded appearance of Phonix

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How did my computer get Phonix?

Typically, a user installs Phonix himself. It is often said that Phonix gets installed because good marketers convince you that you need to have a PUA.

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I detected Phonix on my computer. What do I do?

Remove Phonix by using your standard de-installation wizard. Then scan your computer with your antivirus software for possible traces of Phonix.

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What damage can Phonix do to my computer?

Phonix is mostly a joke. It may display ads or track your behavior. PUAs almost never pose a serious threat to your computer. However, Phonix is constantly improving and may deliver a nasty surprise.

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What are the main symptoms of Phonix?

HD space runs out
Unusual programs

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Can Phonix spread to other computers?

No. This software requires installation and cannot get to your computer without user interaction.

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Countries with the highest Phonix infection rates.

US

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The first recorded appearance of Phonix

2016-02-22

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