RED ALERT – SoftwarePile – PCwin – Program = Icon Editor

RED ALERT: SOFTWAREPILE and PCWIN

SCAM SITES – Scam sites that are too well done.

http://www.softwarepile.com

PCWIN is also part of the scam and the website is not quite as convincing. I’m mad at myself for downloading the original file from them if you read the descriptions of the product on their site you can tell it is fake. It did raise a red flag to me but I went forward because of the website url that I thought was strong name and the site had extensive formatting.  

http://pcwin.com/

I would stay away from both sites. If you want to see how creepy these sites are go a head and visit them but I’d make sure your ‘noscript’ extension is on and don’t download anything from them.

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I just had a bad experience with a product named ‘Icon Editor’ which I originally downloaded from

http://pcwin.com/Audio/Icon_Editor/report.htm

Which is a download site named PC Win. When I installed it my desktop went blank, I thought it had crashed, and after about a minute it slowly came back. Then my web browser started (I did OK it through my firewall, but every product now requires me to OK it) and it brought me to a site named ‘Pando’. After reading through some of the information I figured out that Pando is a peer to peer application. I was angry that it had installed it on my PC without me asking for it and I was worried about what else they may have installed on my system. I scanned all files associated with the download and install with avast and they all passed (thankfully). Then I tried to run the program I originally wanted but I got an error saying:

‘component actsplash.ocs or one of its dependencies is not correctly registered: one of its files is either missing or invalid.’

I decided to go to check out the application at the developers page and I was surprised to find a nice looking, well designed web site at this address:

http://www.softwarepile.com/icon_editor.html

So I downloaded the product again. The file I downloaded had a slightly different name and when I installed it I was given an option that asked me if I wanted to install Pando, when I selected no it told me that some of the features of ‘Icon Editor’ may be disabled. Of course, when I ran Icon Editor I got the same error. I doubt they really even have that type of product.

Both products have now successfully uninstalled from my system (I think) and I hope that they have not placed any malicious files on my CPU. I am concerned because these are the signals that scream SCUM BAGS THAT WILL CHEAT AND STEAL IF YOU LET THEM. So I’ve got to check my system out really carefully. Even if I find out they didn’t put any other files on my CPU I’ve still got a problem with them because they cost me a couple of hours of work.

This company SoftwarePile has a lot of other products. I’m not sure if they are real products or not. What makes these guys so dangerous is the quality of their website. They truly look like a reputable company. Usually you can spot hack jerks by the quality of the website because they don’t normally invest the time necessary to create something good just for a temporary scam.

So watch out for these people. I just found the installation file name and it is siicoe.exe.

Oh great… I went back to their site to see what other products they offered and found the following ‘spy software’:

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:: Free Spy Message ::

The Spy Message is easy-to-use, reliable and powerful tool for protecting important information that you don’t want others to see.

With SpyMessage you can encrypt and hide your text message into an image without any changes in its resolution or size.

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I guess I’ve got a lot of work to do. 😦 I’m angry at myself for falling for these guys but they have such a polished scam I’m afraid that nearly everyone would make the same mistake. So I want to make sure I spread the word to my readers.

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11 Responses to “RED ALERT – SoftwarePile – PCwin – Program = Icon Editor”

  1. I downloaded two programs from softwarepile
    and got a script virus that kept shutting my
    vista windows down. Had to get into safe mode to get it off my system, BEWARE OF THIS SITE UNLESS YOU WANT SCRIPT VIRUS CALLED SYSTEM GUARD, that you are required to download or software won’t install right, or thats what they said..

  2. I made the mistake of downloading the free audio converter from the softwarepile.com website. I blame myself, I didn’t do nearly enough research on the site aside from googling the url to see what came up. I have vista and, like the last commenter, the program caused my computer to restart almost immediately whenever it got to my desktop. I started up in safe mode and removed the programs through my control panel.

    BE CAREFUL, however, because during the process of uninstalling the programs tried to remove critical windows files (i.e. system32) giving a message along the lines of “The following shared file is no longer needed, would you like to remove it now?” DO NOT CLICK YES.

    With all the malware circulating the internet, I suppose we’re all better off swallowing our prides and paying for our software.

  3. Thanks for sharing your experiences Crabari and Shane. I’m sorry you fell for their con job too. It’s like a freeware phishing or fishing or whatever they call it. Meaning, it is set up to look like a real site but isn’t. It is only a ploy to get you to either input information so they can steal your identity or to execute a file or script so they can plant spyware or just a mean virus on your PC. Anyway you look at it SoftwarePile is bad news. There should be a way we could take bad sites like this off the net. Maybe I should look into establishing an Internet Vigilante Force and we could seek out scams like this and then figure out a way to crash their site. Send me a note if you are interested in participating, especially if you “got the geeks” enough to automate a couple billion comments a second. If I set my mind to it I can probably take care of business but there are probably easier ways. I don’t think anyone would mind if these guys got a good taste of what they are dishing out to the rest of the world. I think it sounds workable. Comment here if you want a piece of them.

  4. OMG, I’m having trouble with this madware softwarepile as well. I got the link from the KimKomando site. She’s a fantastic radio talk show host with lots of great information. I guess you can never be to safe. I’m going to inform them of this madware.

  5. This is in reply to the comment from Dee Sims. I’m very familiar with Kim Komando and her radio show. I’ve even spent a fair amount of time on her site looking at some of the freeware the she recommends. Kim and her staff will definitely want to correct this problem. I don’t know how this site got on there… I believe there used to be a website for “softwarepile” that was a popular and reputable site. Maybe this one is a phishing site and somehow they got the url to point to them. I’m still concerned about what spyware may have installed on my system when I executed that program. I’m completely up to date with the latest anti virus and spyware detection software but… they never figure a problem out until enough people get burned. There ought to be a way to nuke a site like this. I’ve thought about trying to flood them with email… but I’m no expert at electronic warfare and I’m afraid I’d lose the battle. Regardless, please let Kim know and ask for her opinion on these fools and lets see if she can offer any help.
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