More and more rogue security programs are pestering unsuspecting users daily. The 27th of September, 2007 is no different with it’s own scam of the day. This time it’s called SmartFixer 2007, for it is supposedly smart and even more supposedly a fixer. With the ever so popular version-indicating calendar reminder in addition to the name, making you believe that there was probably a SmartFixer 2006 (which there was) and that it has improved over the year (which it hasn’t). SmartFixer is one of those passive scams that doesn’t bother you with annoying pop-ups, but rather hijacks your browser to redirect users to their homepage, or, for "googlers" oblivious enough, the program just waits there to be found.
When you execute SmartFixer 2007 you are allowed to perform a scan, which is likely to produce a falsified report containing various threats that are supposedly active on your system. In order to dispose of these non-existant threats, you are prompted to register the product, which practically means buying it. The “registered” version is, of course, no more real than the trial.
There have been reports of hijacked browsers redirecting to SmartFixer’s website, which essentially contains no useful information whatsoever other than self-praising one-liners such as “Unlock the power of SmartFixer 2007.“ and explanations on what it supposedly does. There is no contact information other than an e-mail address. Pretty much the only real thing you can do in this website, is buy the product for $29.95 – a special offer saving you $20. Of course, you can save even more buy not buying it at all… If you link to their website, you supposedly get a 50% commision fee, which is a preposterous margin.
SmartFixer is a scam and therefore should not be trusted. If it exists on your system, you should remove it immediately.
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