Does anyone have any information about this ZIX format?
It seems quite fast, but compression is not very good.
A10.jpg > 841,862
AcroRd32.exe > 1,732,470
english.dic > 1,049,505
FlashMX.pdf > 3,832,502
FP.LOG > 1,449,512
MSO97.DLL > 2,189,594
ohs.doc > 1,009,204
rafale.bmp > 1,261,723
vcfiu.hlp > 847,645
world95.txt > 873,623
Total = 15,087,640 bytes
ENWIK8 > 36,548,978 bytes
Update: I strongly advise you not to use any executables from the WinZix site without first reading ALL posts in this thread.
Good Speed! Compression normal!
I think this is something Deflate-based, probably this is just even renamed ZIP archive. (like EAZ)
there has been a feature-request in 7-zip's forum, in which the requester talked about that you have to install a program that contains adware to get hands on the content (not sure if it loads something from the internet).
Have a look here:
I cannot see any benefit from Winzix for users compared to FreeArc, PIM, 7z, CCM, Turtle, or what ever innovative programs are introduced in this forum here, because the files he talks about are zix-archives in a rar-file...
Or does it pre-compress content-files?
Very suspicious proggie, I highly recommend - do NOT install it on your PC!
The WinZix FAQ:
Originally Posted by WinZix FAQ
Too many claims that it's free and contains no spyware. What do you think?
It does seem more than a little suspicious!
Originally Posted by encode
There is also a console version available:
Zix > Expert users
yup, commandline-version for compression!
err... and decompression...?
Should be easy to build one, but where to put additional-ware...?
25th June 2007, 17:14
I agree with Ilia on this one!
I would recommend using something like Sandboxie if anyone would like to try WinZix.
25th June 2007, 17:16
Several weeks ago a friend of mine tried this. He strongly disrecommends using it, as it installs trojan downloader, which is hard to remove. And for his files it even didn't compress, only added application header.
25th June 2007, 17:49
Clearly this has changed with the release of version 2.0.
Originally Posted by Black_Fox
25th June 2007, 19:42
Well, maybe I mixed wikipedia entry with his experience But I remember clearly he spent some hours cleaning his system of the very version 2.0
25th June 2007, 19:59
Thats why I always use Sandboxie to test ANY (even console) new programs. After you finished testing, just delete the sandbox and all traces are gone!
Originally Posted by Black_Fox
26th June 2007, 00:54
More information on Zix here:
I have also read that WinZix (and possibly the latest console version) has Virtumonde embeded in the executable. VirtuMonde is an adware program that downloads and displays popup advertisements. It periodically makes an HTTP connection to virtumonde.com, on port 80 or 8081, to download commands and popup advertisements.
There are a great many variations of VirtuMonde which can make it quite difficult to detect and remove.
I would advise you to scan for VirtuMonde if you have tried any programs from the WinZix site without being protected by something like Sandboxie.
12th March 2008, 00:25
i didnt read any thread before getting this software...now i have installed it and but then unistalled it...how do i stop the ads popping up
12th March 2008, 01:03