Monday, November 14, 2016

Is FixWinPCErrorCode.com a scam

Is the site www.fixwinpcerrorcode.com a scam?  Yes.
Is RegCure Pro a scam?  Yes
Is Reimage PC / Reimageplus a scam?  Yes  Link
Is SpyHunter / Spy Hunter a scam?  Probably.  Controversial.  See this link.
Is microsoftLiveSupport.org a scam?  Yes


While researching a Windows 10 installation error "Error 0x8007025D cannot install required files," I came across two sites which promised to fix the problem.

The top banner looks all Windows-like official.  The "utility" is compatible with Windows 98, SE, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 10.  Score!



Wait a minute.... this error code happened in Windows 98 and XP?  Doubtful.

Besides, the whole idea of this site, with its downloaded utility, fixing this problem is laughable.  In the middle of an operating system install, 'you ain't going to be downloading anything' -- and your machine is in no condition to run a program.  Yet, they said they could fix it....

I was suspicious.

Then there are the download buttons.  Any site that serves-up a big "Download Now" button that promises to fix your problem is selling snake oil.  Some Windows problems are technical, requiring skill to fix - a single utility or even a registry merge is not going to fix the problem.

This site was really pushing for you to download.  It has an amazing 6 download buttons - all on the main page!  All trying to get you to click.  Here are the buttons and links from that one page, jumbled together for your viewing pleasure - I added the bullhorn:



Reliable Comments

As an added enticement, it had a dozen recent comments (all with no date, only a time, guaranteeing they are recent), from people like Nielson, Darrell, Smith, and Henry.

All said it "worked like a charm - thanks."


Don't fall for this.  Installing this will give you nothing but viruses.
If it is too good to be true, you know it is a scam.

Remarkably, other Windows error codes displayed this same page, with the only difference being the error code.

As a matter of fact, the site links to several hundred hexadecimal error codes -- all of which generate this same page, with only the error code as changed.  I can't believe the even exposed how they were doing this. (See bottom of this article for the code list.)

One utility cannot possibly fix this many problems and viruses.  


More!

microsoftLiveSupport,

Which offers a free chat session.  I so-much wanted to click this inviting chat link.  She looks so friendly:


Once connected, they will ask to remote-control your PC.  If you agree, you will run an executable, where they will install a virus or two, then confirm you have a problem.  Once they have your credit-card, they will charge you for worthless work. 

How do I know this? 

For my particular error, the site explains a bunch of nonsense busy-body steps that make it look like you are doing something important.  I looked at all the steps.  They included innocuous control panel settings, changing minor keys in the registry and deleting a worthless file.  None of the steps will help  -- they won't hurt either - it just looks complicated. 

Most people will feel in-over-their-heads and start to panic.  Fortunately, the last instruction says, "if this problem still persists, get your system checked by an expert," with a convenient live-support chat link.

A friend actually clicked this link a few months ago to help his parent's computer. 

It cost $90 for the support call.  They ran a DOS command listing all the files on the disk -- which is admittedly impressive-looking, plus they ran a defrag, a checkdisk, and opened the Windows\System folders and looked around.  The directory list was downloaded by the "technician," where they likely identified files of interest (such as tax files, etc.), and proceeded to download them.  The damage was done. 

Later, credit cards had to be cancelled, accounts closed, etc..  They still worry about problems to come.


These sites are scams.  Run away.

Related article:
These are the steps I follow to cleanup a virus-infested machine:
Keyliner Virus Cleanup Steps



Geek Notes:  The FixWinPCErrorCode site uses a PHP program to assemble the same page for these (and another 300 error codes - all promising to fix the problem with one all-mighty utility.  Unbelievable they exposed this list and how they built their pages on their site:

Windows Errors to Fix

0x0000000A    0x80070008    0x0000007F    0x80070052
0x0000001E    0x8007000D    0x0000009F    0x80070070
0x00000024    0x80070017    0x000000EA    0x8007007B
0x00000044    0x80070020    0x0000041D    0x8007007F
0x0000007B    0x80070050    0x00000643    0x800700A1
0x0000008E    0x80070057    0x000006D9    0x800700C1
0x000000D1    0x8007007A    0x00000BC2    0x80070103
0x000000ED    0x8007007E    0x00001190    0x800701E7
0x000004C5    0x80070080    0x00001449    0x800703E5
0x00000652    0x800700B6    0x80000007    0x800703E7
0x000006F6    0x800700E7    0x80004002    0x800703ED
0x00001112    0x8007010B    0x80004004    0x8007041D
0x00001234    0x800703E3    0x80004015    0x8007041F
0x00240004    0x800703E6    0x80010100    0x80070424
0x80004001    0x800703EB    0x80010108    0x8007042B
0x80004003    0x800703F0    0x800401F3    0x80070433
0x80004005    0x8007041E    0x80040206    0x8007043B
0x8000FFFF    0x80070422    0x8004FE2D    0x8007045A
0x80010105    0x80070426    0x80070001    0x80070490
0x80040154    0x8007042C    0x80070003    0x800704DD
0x800401FD    0x80070437    0x80070006    0x80070570
0x800420CB    0x00000001    0x8007000B    0x8007058D
0x8004FE33    0x00000023    0x8007000E    0x800705AD
0x80070002    0x0000002E    0x8007001F    0x800705B4
0x80070005    0x00000050    0x80070032    0x80070652
0x800706A6    0x8007F02B    0x800706B5    0x8007F059
0x800706BA    0x8007F06B    0x800706BB    0x8007F070
0x800706BE    0x8007F076    0x800706BF    0x8007F0CC
0x800706C6    0x8007F0DA    0x800706F7    0x8007F0E8
0x80070BC2    0x8007F0E9    0x8007232B    0x8007F0EA
0x8007276B    0x8007F0ED    0x8007277B    0x8007F0F1
0x80072AF9    0x8007F0F4    0x80072AFC    0x8007F205
0x80072EE2    0x80080005    0x80072EE4    0x80080008
0x80072EE5    0x80080250    0x80072EE6    0x80090006
0x80072EE7    0x8009000B    0x80072EEF    0x80090017
0x80072EF1    0x8009001D    0x80072EFD    0x80090305
0x80072EFE    0x80090331    0x80072F0C    0x8009033F
0x80072F0D    0x80092003    0x80072F76    0x8009200D
0x80072F78    0x80092026    0x80072F7C    0x80096001
0x80072F8F    0x80096005    0x800736B1    0x80096010
0x8007F002    0x800A0046    0x8007F003    0x800A01AD
0x8007F004    0x800A01AE    0x8007F007    0x800A138F
0x8007F009    0x8007045B    0x8007F00B    0x800B0001
0x8007F00C    0x800704C7    0x8007F00D    0x800B0004
0x8007F00E    0x80070502    0x8007F00F    0x800B0101
0x8007F010    0x8007057F    0x8007F011    0x800B010D
0x8007F013    0x800705AA    0x8007F014    0x800C0002
0x8007F017    0x800705AF    0x8007F019    0x800CCC00
0x8007F01A    0x80070643    0x8007F01E    0x800CCC02
0x8007F01F    0x8007066A    0x8007F021    0x800CCC04
0x800CCC06    0x800CCCA1    0x800CCC07    0x800CCCA4
0x800CCC08    0x800CCCA5    0x800CCC09    0x800CCCA6
0x800CCC0A    0x800CCCA9    0x800CCC0B    0x800CCCAC
0x800CCC0C    0x800CCCAD    0x800CCC0D    0x800CCCD2
0x800CCC0E    0x800CCCD4    0x800CCC0F    0x800CCCD7
0x800CCC10    0x800CCCD9    0x800CCC12    0x800CCCDB
0x800CCC13    0x800CCCDC    0x800CCC14    0x800CCCDD
0x800CCC15    0x800CCCDE    0x800CCC17    0x800CCCDF
0x800CCC18    0x800CCCE0    0x800CCC19    0x800CCCoD
0x800CCC1A    0x800CCCoE    0x800CCC31    0x800F020B
0x800CCC41    0x800F0217    0x800CCC42    0x800F022B
0x800CCC44    0x801900CA    0x800CCC60    0x8019012D
0x800CCC61    0x8019012E    0x800CCC62    0x80190190
0x800CCC63    0x80190191    0x800CCC64    0x80190193
0x800CCC65    0x80190194    0x800CCC66    0x80190197
0x800CCC67    0x801901F4    0x800CCC68    0x801901F5
0x800CCC69    0x801901F6    0x800CCC6A    0x801901F7
0x800CCC6B    0x800B0003    0x800CCC6C    0x801901F8
0x800CCC6D    0x800B0100    0x800CCC6E    0x80200001
0x800CCC6F    0x800B0109    0x800CCC78    0x80200003
0x800CCC79    0x800B0110    0x800CCC7A    0x8020000E
0x800CCC7B    0x800C0008    0x800CCC90    0x80200010
0x800CCC91    0x800CCC01    0x800CCC92    0x80200012
0x800CCC93    0x800CCC03    0x800CCC95    0x8020001B
0x800CCC97    0x800CCC05    0x800CCCA0    0x8020002B
0x8024800E    0x8024FFFF    0x8024800F    0x87FF0001
0x80248010    0x87FF0004    0x80248011    0x8DDD0001
0x80248012    0x8DDD0002    0x80248013    0x8DDD0003
0x80248014    0x8DDD0004    0x80248015    0x8DDD0006
0x80248016    0x8DDD0007    0x80248017    0x8DDD000F
0x80248018    0x8DDD0010    0x80248019    0x8DDD0012
0x8024801A    0x8DDD0018    0x8024801B    0xC0000005
0x8024801C    0xC0000006    0x8024801D    0xC000001D
0x80248FFF    0xC000001E    0x8024A000    0xC0000090
0x8024A001    0xC0000096    0x8024A002    0xC00000FD
0x8024A003    0xC000013A    0x8024A004    0xC0000142
0x8024AFFF    0xC0000194    0x8024C001    0xC0000218
0x8024C002    0xC000021A    0x8024C003    0xC0000221
0x8024C004    0xC0000354    0x8024C005    0xC003E004
0x8024C006    0xC004C001    0x8024C007    0xC004C003
0x8024CFFF    0xC004C008    0x8024D001    0xC004C4CE
0x8024D002    0xC004C812    0x8024D003    0xC004D401
0x8024D004    0xC004E003    0x8024D005    0xC004F027
0x8024D006    0x80248001    0x8024D007    0xC004F033
0x8024DFFF    0x80248003    0x8024E001    0xC00D1199
0x8024E002    0x80248005    0x8024E003    0xC8000152
0x8024E004    0x80248007    0x8024E005    0xC80001FE
0x8024E006    0x80248009    0x8024EFFF    0xC8000240
0x8024F001    0x8024800B    0x8024F002    0xC80003F6
0x8024F003    0x8024800D    0x8024F004    0xC80003FB
0x80240002    0x80244017    0x80240004    0x80244018
0x80240008    0x80244019    0x80240009    0x8024401A
0x8024000B    0x8024401B    0x8024000C    0x8024401F
0x8024000D    0x80244020    0x8024000E    0x80244021
0x80240010    0x80244022    0x80240016    0x80244023
0x80240017    0x80244025    0x8024001A    0x80244026
0x8024001B    0x80244028    0x8024001E    0x80244029
0x8024001F    0x8024402A    0x80240020    0x8024402B
0x80240022    0x8024402C    0x80240024    0x80244FFF
0x80240025    0x80245001    0x80240028    0x80245002
0x80240029    0x80245003    0x8024002D    0x8024502D
0x8024002E    0x8024502E    0x80240030    0x80245FFF
0x80240031    0x80246001    0x80240032    0x80246002
0x80240033    0x80246003    0x80240036    0x80246004
0x80240037    0x80246005    0x80240FFF    0x80246006
0x80241001    0x80246007    0x80242000    0x80246008
0x80242004    0x80246009    0x80242006    0x80246FFF
0x80242007    0x801901FA    0x80242008    0x80248000
0x8024200B    0x80200002    0x8024200D    0x80248002
0x8024200E    0x8020000D    0x80242FFF    0x80248004
0x80244001    0x8020000F    0x80244004    0x80248006
0x80244008    0x80200011    0x8024400A    0x80248008
0x8024400D    0x80200013    0x8024400E    0x8024800A
0x80244010    0x80200024    0x80244011    0x8024800C
0x80244015    0x8020003F    0x80244016    0xFFFFFFFF
0x8024800E    0x8024FFFF    0x8024800F    0x87FF0001
0x80248010    0x87FF0004    0x80248011    0x8DDD0001
0x80248012    0x8DDD0002    0x80248013    0x8DDD0003
0x80248014    0x8DDD0004    0x80248015    0x8DDD0006
0x80248016    0x8DDD0007    0x80248017    0x8DDD000F
0x80248018    0x8DDD0010    0x80248019    0x8DDD0012
0x8024801A    0x8DDD0018    0x8024801B    0xC0000005
0x8024801C    0xC0000006    0x8024801D    0xC000001D
0x80248FFF    0xC000001E    0x8024A000    0xC0000090
0x8024A001    0xC0000096    0x8024A002    0xC00000FD
0x8024A003    0xC000013A    0x8024A004    0xC0000142
0x8024AFFF    0xC0000194    0x8024C001    0xC0000218
0x8024C002    0xC000021A    0x8024C003    0xC0000221
0x8024C004    0xC0000354    0x8024C005    0xC003E004
0x8024C006    0xC004C001    0x8024C007    0xC004C003
0x8024CFFF    0xC004C008    0x8024D001    0xC004C4CE
0x8024D002    0xC004C812    0x8024D003    0xC004D401
0x8024D004    0xC004E003    0x8024D005    0xC004F027
0x8024D006    0x80248001    0x8024D007    0xC004F033
0x8024DFFF    0x80248003    0x8024E001    0xC00D1199
0x8024E002    0x80248005    0x8024E003    0xC8000152
0x8024E004    0x80248007    0x8024E005    0xC80001FE
0x8024E006    0x80248009    0x8024EFFF    0xC8000240
0x8024F001    0x8024800B    0x8024F002    0xC80003F6
0x8024F003    0x8024800D    0x8024F004    0xC80003FB


Related article:
These are the steps I follow to cleanup a virus-infested machine:
Keyliner Virus Cleanup Steps