WinFixer 2006 Faked Security Popup

This section describes the security popup caused by the IE WinFixer addon. The popup gives faked security warning messages that your computer has critical errors in registry and file system and you should click a Next button to scan your computer.

Symptom: Also in January of 2006, while vising a website with IE, another IE window popped up with "http:www.winfixer.com/..." in the address field. The pop up window also contains a false security warning message:

This site might require the following ActiveX control: 
'WinFixer2006FreeInstall.cab' from 'WinSoftware Corporation, Inc.'.
Click here to install...

Warning: Your computer may have critical errors in registry and 
file system! These errors can lead to computer crashes, instability,
slowness, and full system failure.

Immediate repair may be required.

To scan your computer for errors click the "Next" button below.

[Next] [Cancel]

Here is an example of this popup window:
IE Addon WinFixer 2006

Apparently, the Next button presented by this IE addon will lead you download and install a software product. See sections below on what I did to remove this addon.

Last update: 2006.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Removing Malware "Social Privacy DNS"

 Removing "WebBar" - htwtb.bin and bar.dll

 Removing "SurfBuddy" - sbuddy.dll

 Removing "WebSpecials" - webspec.dll

 Removing "DSSAgent" - DSSAgent.exe

 Removing "Best Offer" - farmmext.exe

 Removing "dinst.exe" - dsr.dll

 Removing "deSrcAs.dll" - MyWay Search Assistant

 WinAntiVirusPRO 2006 Faked Security Popup

WinFixer 2006 Faked Security Popup

 Removing "WinFixer" - Rogue Security Popups

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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