I know I am known here now for complaining about that adware removal program, please don't judge me on that. I have something going on that you may find interesting! I am a superuser too, and I have been having fun (literally) fighting malware since I started building my own PCs back in the late 90s. This one is entertaining - at the moment - too. Luckily I am smart enough to not have anything worthy of stealing on my PC, I just hope I'm not screwing anybody up by coming here and somehow passinly along something to a hacker somewhere... (I know, sounds like I don't know much, but I have never had this happen before, so I don't know what it may do).
So, for the first time in a couple of years, I reformatted my drive last week and reinstalled my Win7 64. I used to do this frequently with XP, but Windows 7 is stable enough...but my OS was starting to corrupt frequently, requiring lots of chkdsks, so I did it. It was easy, of course. Anyway, two of my favorite utilities are System Mechanic and Fix-it. I have never had problems with either, though I did buy a fake BitDefender last year, got it cheap online and it turned out to be bogus. I've also seen the fake Control Centers and such in the past... anyway, I reinstalled my System Mechanic two days ago, and was really surprised. It came up with a new interface. I did the same with Fix-it and got the same thing. These were clearly not the same programs, I knew it right away. I own licenses to both, but somehow I got pretenders... I just contacted Iolo (System Mechanic), and they gave me the instructions below. Something is impersonating these two programs, any idea how I got this (torrent downloads? cracked software?) and what it's actually doing on my PC right now? I will reformat again once I learn how this all happened. What do you all think?
Thank you for raising your concern about a fraudulent program posing as System Mechanic.
To better assist you and provide you the best resolution, can you please provide us a screenshot of the fraudulent program:
Step 1: Capture the image - press Alt + Print Screen to merely capture a screenshot of the active window
Step 2: Open Paint: Click the Start menu, navigate to the Accessories folder and click Paint. For Windows XP click the Start menu, then go to All Programs, navigate to the Accessories folder and click Paint
Step 3: Paste the screenshot: Once open, Press Ctrl + V on the keyboard
Step 4: Save the screenshot: Select Save as, title the new file, choose a save location, and select your desired file format from the drop-down menu.