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Winfixer2005

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Winfixer2005
Technical name:Application/Winfixer2005
Threat level:Low
Alias:WinSoftware.com,
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It scans the computer in search of supposed errors in the Windows Registry and the hard disk, and of supposedly damaged files. Then, the user has to register in its website in order to repair them.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98

First detected on:Sept. 20, 2005
Detection updated on:Oct. 31, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Winfixer2005 belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs.

Winfixer2005 scans the affected computer in search of supposed errors in the Windows Registry and the hard disk, and of supposedly damaged files. Then, in order to repair them, the user has to register in its website.

Winfixer2005 can be voluntarily downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Winfixer2005 is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it creates the following shortcut in the Desktop: