Marc Cohen

Last Friday, we filed a civil action against Marc Cohen. We did so because substantial evidence shows his involvement with fraudulent software, or simply “fraudware.”

Unlike criminal cases—which often involve prison time and require the familiar “proof beyond reasonable doubt”—in civil disputes a plaintiff need only prove liability by a “preponderance of the evidence.” In other words, to obtain a judgment against Mr. Cohen, we have to show that his involvement with fraudware is “more likely than not.”

With that in mind, I invite of Mr. Cohen’s attorneys (or him if unrepresented): Answer our concerns. Provide innocent explanations. You can post them yourself as comments; alternatively, if you give me the URL, I’ll provide a link here. Furthermore, if you can prove that Mr. Cohen wasn’t involved, we’ll dismiss this lawsuit. (Ethical lawyers do so as a matter of course when it’s warranted.) I’ll publish a retraction and a personal apology to Mr. Cohen. My offer is genuine and stands for as long as this lawsuit takes.

Some of our concerns about Mr. Cohen’s business:

1. Mr. Cohen owns VipFares.com, a travel site. VipFares provides false contact information (in the case of “whois”), or no information at all (on its own website). No honest merchant conceals or falsifies his whereabouts or identity.

2. Complaints about VipFares are now rife on the Internet. If there’s authentic praise for VipFares, we haven’t seen it.

3. VipFares both permits and benefits from popups and traffic hijacked into its website via fraudware. Logically, the existence of a financial relationship between the two follows.

4. For years, VipFares has had many specific and provable associations with fraudware: developers, call centers, web designers, IP addresses, credit card processing and more.

Soon I’ll write about each of these in greater detail.

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36 Responses to Marc Cohen

  1. Frédéric vdP says:

    Thanks a lot for suing ErrorSafe & al. I’ve never been contamined (at least I saw no symptoms of it) but am rather upset at the method used by these people.

  2. kristi says:

    I am infected and I have thought of suing also…. It is maddening!!!!!!

  3. jd says:

    I just got a pop up from drivecleaner.com which Is identical to the other vundo infections.

  4. Errol Taskin says:

    Can I join this lawsuit? I am in Louisiana and it took me days to figure out how to get rid of WINFIXER.. And I have worked with computers for – well since 1979. KUDOS AND BRAVO to the lady that filed this… THANK YOU>.

  5. Krystyna says:

    I’m having troubles, and have, previously had troubles with the websites of
    WINFIXER
    ERRORSAFE
    SYSTEM DOCTOR
    SYSPROTECT
    WINANTI VIRUS
    and I cannot seem to get rid of these off of my hardrive!!!
    PLEASE HELP!

  6. Some Help says:

    Some help for winfixer from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinFixer

  7. Prinny says:

    Please make them shut down their company PERMANENTLY. Their advertising is really testing my patience, and i sometimes wish they’d get struck by a supervirus.

  8. Juan says:

    Hey I just want to say that ErrorSafe, WinAntivirus and all their virus friends have infected my computer too. It’s also testing my patience. I don’t know how far it has gone, but here in Mexico I have a lot of friends that got infected too. I tried a “free” scan that turned to a $399 download software to remove them. I think Microsoft should make a free solution, for all Windows users. Because I use NortonAntivirus, Symantec Antivirus, The Windows Defender, and with all these programs my computer indicates that is running normally. And I’m sick of so much ErrorSafe crap.
    For reading these thank you.

  9. Roy says:

    This malware has infected our company computers over and over again. You have to go to their website and download the uninstaller or it WILL come back. The EULA they use has you agree to the terms of regenerating their software.

    The software was uninstalled but it left behind hack trojans and rootkits. THES ARE ILLEGAL AND ARE NOT IN THE EULA. These guys are criminals and they ARE BREAKING THE LAW!

  10. Mike says:

    It is sickening how big this thing has gotton. This is the third time its infected my computer. This malware company has made it impossible for me to let my kids use my computer as I don’t know what adware site it will pop up and advertise next. Until someone steps in, this problem will keep on re-occuring. Until then we can only hope for the death of the creator and his whole family to ensure this software is no longer produced by him or any of his co-conspiring family members.

  11. Scott says:

    I got hit last week and I have been in panic mode ever since. My 8 year old daughter with my mother-in-law were using my computer and a porn site out of no where popped up. If I could physically get my hands on these guys they would wish they had never devised such a pedifile bug. They are criminals, and justice will be served, here or before their maker. They better hope I never come face to face with them as I cannot say what I would do as a result of their attack on my child.

  12. Scott says:

    Marc Cohen….hmmm.

  13. Phil says:

    I have been hit by WinFixer several times now, and Symantec.com has given me the best solution I could find.

    http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2005-120121-2151-99&tabid=3

    PLEASE sue this guy. All I need is another WinFixer attack.

  14. Errorsafe is gay says:

    i hope the fuckers get wats comming to them and end up paying out big time for all the trouble they cause people.

  15. nathan says:

    they suck.they infect more than 1 million systomsa year.I have not been infected but i have done alot of resurch of that virus family.It is absalutly crazy that thay do that thay are terrible criminals THAY MUST BE STOPED SUE THEM BEFORE THY DESTROY THE INTERNET!!!

  16. Whos with me? says:

    Well im glad you guys are posting this! I thought i was the only person getting these pop ups! Those w*nkers/w*nker can rot in his own fiecies for all i care (i’d like to see that happen anyway) Oh, has anyone been getting “rude” pop ups on their browser? im 14 and my mum belives all that crap! (like she thiks i am looking at porno or something)… Sue him please! save the world! (literally)

  17. Quim Fontelas says:

    Finally someone makes something about it. Please stop winshiter and other crap programs from our world. Sue isn’t enought. every person who has\had a infected computer cause of them should smash the computer on his heads and request for a new one. Idiots.

  18. Harry Wood says:

    I had to get rid of winfixer from my dad’s computer. It’s a sad fact that millions of people like him, who are not so tech savy, are put off using computers and the internet, because of the antisocial criminal behaviour of a few individuals.

    When I investigated a little, I was amazed to find that these people were actually running a seemingly legitimate business, and had not been banged up in jail. I guess they’ve covered their tracks enough to avoid that, but I hope you are awarded a significant sum i.e. something which will force them to shut down their operations. Well done for filing this law suit.

  19. drdave says:

    Hang em!

  20. monster says:

    Hanging would be too humane. In ottoman empire criminals were put in wagons filled with feces which was pulled through the streets – they did not dare to emerge except for grasping air, for if they stayed up too long they got beheaded. Now that sounds better to me. Also, there was this inquisition tradition in euroamerican culture… 🙂

  21. I_hate_you_winfixer says:

    lol good one monster, i wish an international country does that to the maker of winfixer, since they are breaking international laws, and making the world a worse place to live.

  22. Jeremiah says:

    Hang em!

    Their software is literaly a trogen horse right, so therefore America is under attack! Kill the terrorists!!!!

    Who knows maybe they are trying to steal information from computers about weapons of mass disstruction…

    MR BUSH BOMB WINFIXER!!!!

  23. lpg_unit says:

    I’ve seen too many of Marc’s annoying WinAntiVirus ads that claim that I had zit on my system, and then turned out that they were the ones dumping crap on my PC. Look, Mr. Cohen, we fellow humans want to live in peace, in and out of our computer booth, so GET A LIFE AND STOP CRAPPING OUR LIVES, YOU DUMB OLD TERRORIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A MESSAGE FOR WINFIXER:

    Wish that you 404, and that the FBI punishes you………….

    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!
    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!
    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!
    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!
    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!
    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!
    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!
    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!
    SHUN STUPID WINFIXER!!!!!!!

  24. Wiznit says:

    I support you Mr. Bochner…although I am a computer proffessional and do not buy into any cheesy products I’m sure your efforts will be a great relief to those who have been taken.
    Woop Woop…take em’ down dude

  25. Robbie says:

    Its about time someone took action against things like this.

  26. Donna says:

    Piotr will be in court until Wed next week — if you would like I can put your page link in my blast — I post Piotr in my blast the rest of the time — you can ask him @ me — and get back to me — I will wait to hear from you before doing this.

    Thank you and good luck with your lawsuit.

    dmk

  27. Donna says:

    Joseph — I came back to look for your rss feed — unable to find it .

    dmk

  28. Rock says:

    Joseph,

    Thank You for making the effort to actually DO something about this type of criminal activity!
    GOD forbid the FBI should do anything about it! This is in their purview isn’t it?
    (Although, I have read that the FTC is finally going after “some” perpetrators.)

    Can you add all of us that are willing as defendants in the suit?
    Isn’t that the idea of a class action lawsuit?

    I for one, am very willing!

    Thank you!
    Rock

  29. Rocky says:

    THEY SHOULD ALL DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  30. Joseph says:

    In my inexperience with WordPress, I inadvertently posted “Marc Cohen” twice. I’ve deleted the redundant page and placed the comments below.

    4 Responses to “Marc Cohen”
    Errol Taskin Says:
    November 9th, 2006 at 7:21 pm e
    Can I join this lawsuit? I am in Louisiana and it took me days to figure out how to get rid of WINFIXER.. And I have worked with computers for – well since 1979. KUDOS AND BRAVO to the lady that filed this… THANK YOU>.

    MAJ Rich Carroll Says:
    November 28th, 2006 at 5:00 pm e
    I would like to assist with this lawsuit if possible – I too am infected by this garbage. My computer is near useless due to these people with not a shred of morals. Why is this behavior not against the law

    Dave from NY Says:
    December 11th, 2006 at 4:35 pm e
    I will be more than happy to join this lawsuit. My Symantec is useless against this.

    Lynda (Australia) Says:
    February 12th, 2007 at 6:30 pm e
    I repair computers and I have seen again and again people’s computers being damaged by Winfixer and it’s variants. Some people have unfortunately paid for this program and others have even tried to AVOID it, but the damage it creates is undeniable. This program needs to be stopped. Good luck with the lawsuit.

  31. James says:

    I too work in the IT industry and am embarrassed to admit that I left myself open to this exploit. I didn’t fall for the scam but the damned thing has been frustrating in eradicating. There’s no telling what, if any data, has been compromised but considering the invasive nature of the attack, and the subjugation of my system, surely it can be construed as trespassing. Please let me know if I can be added to the lawsuit; if not for damages, then at least to add weight to your case. Best of luck in this endeavor!

    James

  32. J Davis says:

    I would love to join this lawsuit. Mr. Cohen should be in prison dating a guy names Bruno for the rest of his pathetic life!! Winfixer totally destroyed my computer. I don’t understand the mindset of “people” who do these kind of things.

  33. Robert Kitchen says:

    I have been infected and I took the time to manually remove it but it was a frustrating process. If I get a machine in, that has one of these variants, I usually just tell the person that I need to wipe their hard drive. It takes less time and is alot less frustrating.

  34. EveryFixer says:

    I came to conclusion that WinFixer is relatively harmless itself, but it clearly shows the state of PC security. Since it exploits vulnerabilities in MS Internet Explorer, I always recommend to all who fell victim to winfixer, to switch to Firefox. Also, some kind of active antispyware protection is badly needed, though lots of unknown antispyware programs never detect none of the malware variants.

  35. winfixerfixer says:

    “I came to conclusion that WinFixer is relatively harmless itself…”

    Like the old saying goes, there’s one born every minute.

    Your suggestions won’t stop Winfixer.

    Legal action will.

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