FTC provides refunds to Winfixer, family of malwares, victims

According to FTC (Federal Trade Commission), 320.000 PC users who have paid for the malwares from Winfixer family will be mailed a check with a refund this week. This group of rogue anti-spywares was actively spreading around on 2007-2008 and tricking users into believing that their computers are heavily infected with viruses. In addition, scammers managed to generate the money from faked “licensed’ versions of Winfixer, ErrClean, XP Antivirus 2008 and others that were promised to be the only ones capable to remove viruses detected.

FTC notes that victims of Winfixer should cash their refund checks within 60 days. Though an average of refunds is $20, exact amounts are based on the individual loss of each of the victim. Note that you don’t need to pay the money first and if you have such letter in your email box, that’s a scam. Here is the list of some of the Winfixer rogues that were mentioned above:

AdvancedCleaner
AntiMalwareGuard
AntiSpywareExpert
AntiSpywareMaster
Antispywaresuite
Antivirus 2008
Antivirus XP
AV XP 2005
Avsystemcare
Bestsellerantivirus
Data Doctor
DriveCleaner
Driveproteccion (sic)
ErrClean
ErrorSafe
Exterminadordevirus
FixThemNow
Gubbishremover
LongLifePC
MalwareAlarm
NetTurboPro
Pcprivacytool

Source: blogs.technet.com


  • sabrina

    The longer the period in which they can distribute a particular family of malware and infect victims without detection

  • Casandra

    Malwares are increasing,do the prevention measure’s are increasing????????