A Winfixer Primer

August 1, 2008

Update August 6, 2008:

Welcome Fixwinfixer guests: Great to have you! Over the last day or so, there’s been a definite uptick in visits to this site, let’s hope it continues. Working together, we’ll get a handle on Winfixer malware and wrestle it to the ground.

Please link here, visit frequently, and of course sign my petition. More later….


If you don’t already know about Winfixer, it’s one of the most successful software scams ever. For years now law enforcement authorities have stood by and let Winfixer flourish: as a result, today there are dozens of essentially identical Winfixer programs with many different names and in many languages. They’re all produced by the same syndicate, and they all share the same illegal methods and goals: to lie to you, to take your money and to trash your computer in the bargain.

(Winfixer is also not very careful with your personal information. More about this later.)

Here’s a five minute video about my work against winfixer, produced by KTVU in Oakland, CA, and first shown February 26, 2007 :

Also from 2007, a winfixer story from International Data Group, publishers of PCWorld, InfoWorld, MacWorld etc.

And the most recent article, from the front page of the San Jose Mercury News business section, March 23, 2008.

Almost forgot: if you hate malicious software, show your support and sign my petition. Thanks!

I’ll update this page with additional links as time permits.