Threat Description

Winfixer

Details

Aliases: Winantispyware, WinAntiSpy, ErrorSafe, WinAntiVirus, WinAntiVirusPro, Systemdoctor
Category: Spyware
Type: Rogue
Platform: W32

Summary



Winfixer is an application that is installed by drive-by downloads and ActiveX installations. The program starts automatically at boot-up and presents the user with multiple dialogs stating that a full license should be purchased to remove problems it has found.



Removal



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Technical Details



Winfixer, made by Winsoftware, is an application to fix problems in Windows. It is mainly installed by drive-by downloads and ActiveX installations. There are also reported cases where Winfixer has been installed by trojans. Winfixer doesn't offer the trial version on their website, it can only be purchased from there.

The software runs automatically and starts up each time the operating system starts. Scan is issued automatically to maximize visualisation to users who have received the trial version. The program detects an excessive amount of false errors and employs scare tactics with questions to the user asking if they want to keep the errors or purchase the full version of the software.

Winsoftware seems to be affiliated with another company called Vantage Software who, despite claims to be headquartered in Croydon, England, registers their website in Chile and hosts their website on servers in Canada. ErrorSafe and WinAntiSpy are two other companies who have re-branded Winfixer and offer it for sale on their sites. Winfixer can also be found localized in languages other than English.

Please also see the description for Zlob for additional details and a removal tool.






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