Hi, Leo. Does Microsoft Fix-it really fix it? I followed instructions to
clean up Internet Explorer with the usual tools, and also with Fix-it, and all
seems okay for awhile then it slows again. I use Malwarebytes and Super
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#88 I look at the way Microsoft Fix it Center works on specific problems on
Microsoft Fix it
Well, I think the way your question is worded has me concerned. There is no single “Mr. Fix it.”
It’s not like “Fix it” is one tool that fixes everything. What Microsoft has done, is they have provided specific fix-it tools for specific problems. So if you go into their knowledge base and you’re diagnosing some kind of a problem, or some kind of an odd behavior, the knowledge base may include something that says, “Here’s a description of the problem; here’s the description of the resolution; here are the steps you need to take to fix the problem – and by the way, if you’d rather not take all those steps, here is a fix-it utility for this specific problem.”
And it’s only going to solve that specific problem if in fact that specific problem is the problem that is present on your machine.
Does it work?
So, does it always fix it? Well, it always fixes what it claims to fix. Usually, more often than not, what misses the mark is that it’s not fixing the problem that you actually have!
So, I can’t really say that Fix-it fixes it – because it’s very difficult to make sure that you’ve chosen the correct fix-it for the problem that you are experiencing. It’s difficult to say that the fix-it they’ve provided for a specific symptom is actually fixing a problem that is causing that same symptom on your machine.
Remember symptoms can be caused by any number of different problems.
So, ultimately fix-its are great. They do exactly what they claim to do – but realize that they only do exactly what they claim to do. If your problem is something else, then running the wrong fix-it is not necessarily going to help your specific problem.
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