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The root problem of Winfixer- and semantics


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mrbrout

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The root problem of Winfixer- and disagreements.

I recently had a nasty run-in with Winfixer. I tried everything, hijack this,spybot, etc to remove it.. but wasn’t till I did everything in safe mode at the same time I was able to remove it..

I notice this a very popular problem here that and winantivirus.

The winfixer came into my computer via a google add, I forget witch, that sentme to the winfixer.com .. there right off winfixer.com’s own site, the hijacker/malware installed itself as I watched in horror.. with a screen that first looked like this,
http://members.mscwa...nfixervirus.jpg
look familiar?

From there the software that winfixer site installed severely slowed down my computer, would bring open up IE on it’s own with a bogus summary that my computer was infested with problems and then redirect me to winfixer.com’s site.. and when uninstalled or files erased, it would connect to the internet and re-download itself.. This was unlike any malware I had ever gotten before in that it was not attached to a file or a virus attached to an unsuspecting site,but was the actual SITE and company themselves that installed it on my computer..

This got my attention, how can something so malicious and virus like in nature harmful be openly done through a legit company? I began researching on the web and began finding security site after site all reporting having this malware/hijacker all associated with WIN named software.. I found winfixer is made by the parent company “WINSOFTWARE” who makes winfixer,winantivirus.. etc.. I looked up the company profile, http://www.downloadj...8661/index.html
They are listed to be in Liverpool England.. I searched down the phone number there and did a company search and no such company exists there.

Simply doing some reverse lookups onto there domain, and I find it pointing to
http://www.dnsstuff......ntivirus.com/
Kiev Ukraine

It’s already been established this company installs maleware hijacker without your approval, so now I begin to question if this company is even legit.. http://castlecops.co...41389-0-15.html

I have found numerous links of the horror stories of Winsoftwares products, using phishing , domain squatting, redirecting, and of course the nice hijacker/malware many of us have experienced. I would argue that since this company has no legit contant,, has a bogus contact in England, uses illegit (illegal in some contries) tactics.. It would stand to reason that this company may not even be legit but a front.. and their “products” only GUI intferfaces that don’t really do anything.. has anyone for sure verified any of their products even work?


As I write this, this company has an OHIO based billing collection https://secure.billi...cn2&lid=spyware
Is handled out of the United states. They have their websites published in several languages.. and are widespread in how many people they are affecting.. They certainly DO have visible and accessible traces on the net.. how is it they still scamming people? Is there any agencie that can crack down on them? If they have some foothold here in the US?

It’s great that there are people here spending time dealing with the crap these guys put out,, but what about attacking the source? These guys operate with impunity.

I got off to the wrong foot no doubt (and apologize for my agressive nature).. but I was admiditely thrown a bit when getting online to see winfixer seemed by some geekstogo malware staff downplaying in significance, and the source (winsoftware) not of real interest for research.. Now I know java chat is not the place to take on semantic debates (everyone jumped on my about calling it a virus) but I come to you not as an expert but from a practical standpoint.. the end efffect is the same.. this is a malicious piece of code installed on your computer that causes real performance problems, can rebuild itself if tried to be destroyed, and installed without your say.. in laymens terms we call that a virus.. lol.. sorry..


thanks for you help guys..
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