Report: #1196217

Complaint Review: Winzip - Internet

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Winzip Winzip Registry Optimizer - a program that attempts to force user purchase by infecting registry and charging for cleanup Ottawa Ontario

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"a Winzip virus designed to damage computer registries to charge people to repair the damage through their 'Registry Cleaner'."


I discovered Winzip when I was in highschool in 1998, was the next step beyond pkunzip, I made some very positive associations early on with this software, which is why I was so shocked when a winzip originating maleware was bundled with the new version of Winzip, called Winzip Registry Cleaner...you don't have to ask, it will be automoatically installed on your computer with whatever you get from them. I have just now got my laptop working again, I had to entirely remove my operating system (wich was after a lot of other things I tried), I called a few computer technicians who verified that I wasn't crazy, that indeed it was a Winzip virus designed to damage computer registries to charge people to repair the damage through their 'Registry Cleaner'. The technicians quoted a repair bill at around $50. OF COURSE I contacted winzip customer support, and was automatically blamed for the damage, they were obvious in their equivocation in their response, obviously avoiding what was happening,  no admittance of what was going on, just blaming me with a slightly insulting tone. I have no idea why a company would damage their reputation like this, if it isn't some sort of internal company strife than whomever is behind their marketing is as dumb as a sack of potatoes, because the Winzip name itself is probably worth good money, and as far as I'm concerned their should be a law that holds them financially accoutable for damages.


It took me A LOT of time and energy that I don't have to spare to repair this, and I have gone out of my way to confirm this, because its so surreal. It doesn't matter if its technically legal or not, you can't use predatory marketing and get away with it anymore. I take any attacks on my property seriously. I hate to say this, but I earnestly reccomend you avoid downloading anything from Winzip, because it will probably have a virus on it!


You can google this, it has happened to other people besides myself. Sorry Winzip, predatory marketing will not be tolerated.

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