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Error Fix

CNET Editors' review

Error Fix works to fine-tune your system performance by checking for Registry errors, but the word "fix" is a misnomer in this strict trial version.

The application's straightforward interface uses large buttons for scanning, backup restoration, altering program options, and managing start-up programs. During testing, the program thoroughly scanned our computer and found a wide variety of errors such as the problematic Active X controls, invalid references to past uninstalled programs, and broken shortcuts. Errors found are organized according to the error type, but the program excludes any detailed information about the severity of each error.

The removal of errors from the Registry is off-limits until you purchase the program. Novices will find it easy to set up the Registry cleanup schedule, which allows you to clean your Registry at your convenience. The only noticeable extra feature is the Startup Manager, which performed well during testing.

Overall, Error Fix does a good job of identifying Registry errors, but because of the trial limitation, we are unable to comment on its ability to remove errors.

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    1.1 stars

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    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Elaborate Scam!"

    March 22, 2014  |   By Not-My-Problem

    Version: Error Fix 3

    Pros

    If anyone who reviewed this seriously placed legitimate reasons in this section, they are out of their minds.

    Cons

    -Doesn't work.
    -Is expensive.
    -Involved in many online scams.
    -Might break your computer.
    -Horrid support-It seems like they help you to convince you to buy the software, but instantly dump you when you actually buy it.

    Summary

    Don't buy this or download it! It will not help you or improve computer performance at all! I tried this on a new Windows 7 Pro machine I just set up out of curiosity, and it found 316 errors and called my computer slow, when it was extremely fast! Unbelievable! It can also cause problems because it "fixes" your registry by deleting keys that are not referencing anything, which can break your computer if it screws up. Don't DOWNLOAD THIS!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Really Cnet??? you allow this to happen?"

    July 26, 2012  |   By Tech1professional

    Version: Error Fix 3

    Pros

    CNET should be held personally responsible for allowing this virus to be downloaded ... here is a perfect example of the man sticking it to you....
    PROS:
    If you like trojans (and not the condom) this is for you

    Cons

    everything its a virus cnet you guys are awful

    Summary

    Error Fix is a registry cleaner, and, like pretty much every other registry cleaner there is, Error Fix is fake. This parasite usually enters the system by using the Zlob trojan, which is known to be disguised as a Video ActiveX codec. Error Fix uses misleading advertising to trick the user into purchasing it's "full version".

    Once inside and active, Error Fix will flood the user with popups and fake system notifications, supposedly to inform him of a dangerous error or many errors present in the Windows registry. While almost every registry has errors, Error Fix has neither the ability to detect nor remove them, and should thus be ignored. Error Fix will also try to persuade the user by performing fake registry scans, which return exaggerated results and by hijacking the browser. Having this parasite on the system will significantly decrease system performance.

    Error Fix is a scam and should be treated as such: do NOT download or buy it and block it's homepage using your HOSTS file

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T buy this product!"

    December 7, 2010  |   By sffaith

    Version: Error Fix 3

    Pros

    Fixed initial problem; may have caused more.

    Cons

    Takes forever to get responses to "Live chat." Planted unbelievable amount of malware.

    Summary

    I bought the service, on the recommendation of CNET, in May of 2009. It took forever to get responses in "live" chat; in fact, I wasn't sure it was actual humans I was dealing with. They fixed the problem, I thought. Then I had another problem and asked for a refund. Of course, they gave me a bunch of doubletalk and asked for access to my computer again. I refused. Forgive me for not remembering the details of the transactions this much later.

    HOWEVER, I was having issues with my computer in November, and a friend suggested downloading Malwarebytes (free download), which did a thorough scan of my computer. The whole time, only 2 errors came up. And then, 727--yes, 727--malware items came up in the Error Fix files. I don't know that this was the cause of my issues, but Malwarebytes got rid of the malware. And then I deleted the Error Fix files from my computer, which is now fine.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Don't Bother Downloading"

    August 9, 2009  |   By katnip3

    Version: Error Fix 3

    Pros

    "Optimizes" (see cons) certain things such as internet connection and registry.

    Cons

    I did a full scan with Spyware Doctor (very picky scanner; it counts harmless things such as cookies, it even admits those are sometimes even useful) and it counted Error Fix as 5 out of 6 treat level. Error Fix does little without paying.

    Summary

    It might be a legitimate program that just gets picked on by virus protection. CNET thought this. However, unless you buy the full version, not much can be done with this trial.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT BUY or DOWNLOAD"

    July 28, 2009  |   By draperlady

    Version: Error Fix 3

    Pros

    I can't recommend one thing about this software because all it did was cause me big problems.

    Cons

    It really messed up my computer. I've never seen a blue-screen computer crash before. Now I see them 2-3 times every day. I have written to the company 4 times and they are no help or they don't respond at all.

    Summary

    I asked for a refund but of course got no reply.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "LOADED MALWARE ON PC; SENT MALWARE OUT WITH EMAIL"

    June 20, 2009  |   By office_user

    Version: Error Fix 3

    Pros

    NONE--this download put MALWARE on my PC.

    Cons

    MALWARE ON MY MACHINE ALL RELATED TO THIS PRODUCT

    Summary

    I scanned my machine before the download. I wanted to clean up and speed up my machine which is reaching a critical full disk stage. Normally I would check software out before downloading. However, relying on CNET's review I did not this time. AM I SORRY! First day I received an email that a state agency firewall found malware in a message I sent out to 30 people. WHen I scanned with Nortons it found over 200 malware entries all related to errorfix.com software.I have spent hours cleaning my hard drive and repairing it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wipes out necessary items; loaded with spyware"

    June 2, 2009  |   By 24cgLOST

    Version: Error Fix 3

    Pros

    None. This program does not differentiate between spyware/maleware, but just deletes everything!

    Cons

    I PAID for this software. My computer was completely wiped clearn of fast-launch items, Active-X applications, etc.. Their Registry Restore , and XP Restore functions, and finally removing it entirely , made matters worse!

    Summary

    This is the worst piece of spyware on the market I have tried. It wiped my computer clean of necessary items, and even after a registry restore and a complete system restore, I found I could not boot up my computer, nor connect to the interent. After those problems were fixed, the next time I booted up, found various errors stating I did not have this file, or this dll. When I checked on forums.whirlpool.net.au, they stated "there are many spyware detectors that are, in fact, malware themselves." The fix was Auto Runs, and there it was, a registry key that included the .dll that my computer could not find to run. I have requested a refund for this product, but it has been 3 days since I have heard from them. BEWARE of this spyware - in fact DON'T DOWNLOAD IT, EVEN IN THE TRIAL VERSION. IT IS DANGEROUS!!!

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