WinIFixer Breaks Thing
If we had a dollar for every rogue anti-spyware program that crossed our computer, we’d be rich. There seems to be a million of these programs in cyberspace and they all do one thing: rip off unsuspecting consumers. Today’s topic: WinIFixer. Don’t let the name fool you, class, this one only breaks things, including your entire computer system if you’re not vigilant.
This time we can give you the name of the company that released this annoyance. Pandora Software has had rogue programs come up on the internet before, most notably InfeStop and SpyAway. Pandora popped up on the radar sometime in 2007 and they claim to have been in the security business ‘for years’. Uh-huh…right. If they have been in the security business for years, then we’d be able to find all sorts of contact information for them, like mailing address, telephone number, fax number, CEO information…the works. Instead when you look on their website – which we do advise, mind you – you get a form to fill out and that’s it. Hmmm…
Did we mention that their website basically sucks? There is absolutely nothing worthwhile on it except self-serving praise and – we love this phrase – fear-mongering. As we mentioned there is no contact information available, the links are pretty useless and the domain is registered to someone with no name. This is definitely not credible nor is it in any way professional. If nothing else sets the alarms ringing in your head to match the cold sweats you have since finding WinIFixer on your computer, then we don’t know what will.
So, WinIFixer comes bouncing onto your system by riding the Internet waves on the back of a Trojan virus. Zlob and Vundo are usually the culprits. The viruses use loopholes in your security to slip onto your computer with Internet Explorer, one good reason to use alternative browsers like Mozilla FireFox which seems almost immune to rogue spyware, ad ware, and malware attacks. WinIFixer, once it hijacks your computer, will flood the entire system with popups, fake virus notifications and other fun computer glitches like messing up your web pages, screwing up your registries…you get the idea.
The worst thing has got to be the virus and malware notifications. WinIFixer will scan your computer and give you a list of files that it identifies as spyware/malware/ad-ware/frustrating ware…wait, that’s WinIFixer. It will then try to tell you to pay for and download the only thing that will fix your computer: WinIFixer. The only thing the fully licensed program will fix is a hurting on your wallet. This program is a scam, plain and simple.
You need to run a reliable anti-spyware program to find out if you’re been infected with WinIFixer or any other rogue program for that matter. Use something like ZookaWare PC Cleaner – hey the button is right down there – to find out. Once you have confirmed infection, you will need to follow all the instructions given to you by whatever program you use to make sure you get all of the files removed from your computer. Once you have done this, make sure you run your anti-virus program and remove the viruses that are on your computer so that you can be sure your security is not compromised and another virus wiggles their way back onto your computer.