FTC goes after Winfixer

Major news: The FTC is going after Innovative Marketing, which has marketed products like WinFixer and other rogue antispyware programs. These deliberate scams and frauds have been a plague on the internet now for several years.

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has issued a temporary halt to a massive “scareware” scheme, which falsely claimed that scans had detected viruses, spyware, and illegal pornography on consumers’ computers. According to the FTC, the scheme has tricked more than one million consumers into buying computer security products such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus. The court also froze the assets of those responsible for the scheme, to preserve the possibility of providing consumers with monetary redress.

We have a long history of tracking Innovative Marketing’s sleazy deals. They are pure, unadulaterated slime, a statement I can back it up with extensive in-house research.