Remove AntiVirus 2009

As Leo Laporte puts it…

“It’ll even pretend to scan your computer and find infections, then offers to fix it with AntiVirus 2009. Looks very official, very legit. But it isn’t. AntiVirus 2009 is a trojan horse that will take over your computer and steal your money”

As BleepingComputer.com, they describe it as…

“a new rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Antivirus 2008 and Doctor Antivirus . Antivirus 2009 is installed and advertised through the use of misleading web sites that attempt to make you think your computer is infected with a variety of malware. Once installed, Antivirus 2009 will scan your computer and list a variety of fake infections that can’t be removed unless you first purchase the software. These infections are fake, though, and only being shown to scare you into purchasing the software.

When Antivirus 2009 is installed, a Internet Explorer browser helper object is also installed that displays fake messages when using Internet Explorer. These messages range from a line at the top of the browser stating an infection was found to adding a box to the Google homepage stating Google detected that your computer was infected. These tactics are just two more methods where Antivirus 2009 uses false information to scare you into purchasing their software. A more detailed writeup on how the Google home page is hijacked can be found here.”

For complete instructions on how to Remove Antivirus 2009, visit the article BleepingComputer.com

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5 Responses to Remove AntiVirus 2009

  1. Antivirus says:

    Good article, thanks for bringing AntiVirus 2009 to peoples attention, see BleepingComputer’s article for remove instructions.

  2. pcdoctor says:

    To remove Anti-virus 2009 Fake program try this removal tool at

    http://www.freepcclinic.com/remove_antivirus_2009.html

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    pcdoctor
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  3. Patty says:

    My dtr downloaded the Antivirus 2009 on her computer. We removed it with Malware but now have lost all connectivity. Tried the Winsock fix. Didn’t work. Any suggestions?

  4. Charles says:

    There are some extremely pernicious viruses/ trojans about now. They knock out System Restore, disable tools folder options in Explorer so hidden files can’t be viewed, disable Task Manager, disable anti-malware programs, disable anti-dangerous site plug-ins, disable Safe mode and in one recent case, trying to remove them killed Windows XP completely, preventing reboot of any kind. I’ve had to completely reinstall windows several times recently. I have XP SP3 with updates, I use Firefox 3.06 to browse. I run AVG, Comodo Firewall, Spybot, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, and several other very reputable programs including SpywareBlaster, all kept up to date daily and immunized and scanned weekly. The trouble with the really bad stuff is it just hits instantly while browsing, or looks like a legitimate application. The only helpful advice I have is hit the reset button FAST if a command prompt you haven’t invoked appears, before the darned stuff attacks. Same if you get a website that locks up the computer. Biggest problem apart from having to reinstall OS is that if I can’t find out what it is, I can’t report it! I use Bart PE to access HD and copy My Docs, Favourites, emails (in Local Settings, Apps Data, MS, Identities etc), Firefox profile, Desktop and User Start menus to another location, as a Windows reinstall overwrites these. Also be sure you have motherboard and graphics driver CD’s. I keep a list of all programs I need to reinstall. It still takes me several days to reinstall everything and get back to ‘normal’. Can only hope these ‘Internet thugs’ get caught and locked up for their extremely nasty crimes against humanity!!!

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