FileWhiz by InstallX (File Whiz) is an ad-supported program that often gets onto a computer and attaches to internet browsers without user knowledge. This program and filewhiz.exe file is considered a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware by most Antivirus and Anti-Malware programs that can cause issues for computer and internet users. This program is sometimes referred to as the FileWhiz virus, although it is not technically defined as a computer virus.


Furthermore, the publishers of this program are well known for promoting potentially unwanted programs, possible malware, and especially adware or ad-supported programs.

  • Promoted as a free program that “allows you to open all sorts of file types.” FileWhiz supports files in the following categories: PDF, rich text, text files, audio, music, video and picture files.
  • Bundles with third-party malware, malicious files, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including UniDeals.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with FileWhiz can read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with FileWhiz can read and change your browsing history.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with FileWhiz can manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with FileWhiz can manage your downloads.

How does FileWhiz get on a computer?

Potential FileWhiz malware can be manually downloaded from a variety of locations on the web. It is widely promoted by questionable advertisements and third-party freeware, shareware, torrents, and even email attachments. In some cases FileWhiz and other items are promoted through advertisements and will automatically download and install once an advertisement is clicked.

Users may be given options to accept or decline an offer to install FileWhiz adware and similar products during the installation process of third-party freeware; However, the user request to decline the program from installing is usually ignored or presented in a confusing manner,

How to remove FileWhiz

Step 1: Remove FileWhiz add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon on the menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the FileWhiz extension and other suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the FileWhiz add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Step 2: Uninstall FileWhiz

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

FileWhiz removal

3. In the list of installed programs, search for FileWhiz and other unwanted programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.


3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential FileWhiz malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential FileWhiz malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

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