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Old 06-25-08, 03:10 PM   #1
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Antivirus 2008 infection

My wife sent me an email with a link to a web page on her companies web site. Sadly, it was corrupt and clicking on it installed a virus on my computer called Antivirus 2008. It plays itself off as a Windows component and tells of infections, blocks web navigation unless you upgrade for a fee, etc.

I have tried using Coolwebshredder, AdAware, and Spybot on it so far, all to no avail.

Anyone had this thing and gotten rid of it?

HELP!!!!!
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 06-25-08, 03:13 PM   #2
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I use ccleaner not sure if it is free anymore or not, you might check it out.
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AdAware and Spybot are looking for malware/spyware (never heard of the third one), so they aren't going to find a virus. You'll need a separate virus scanner. Good to have anyway, if your computer is infected with Windows.

AVG was a good free one the last time I used it a few years ago, and there's another of which I don't recall the name.
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not sure if it is a virus, or what it is, some sort of infection that is making my machine crawl, blocking google searches and the solution it offers it to give them your credit card number.
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antivir is good
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superantispyware ftw!1!!

http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Also reboot in safe mode and clear out all your temp files.

Stop all unnecessary programs from starting up:

Start->run->msconfig uncheck load startup items. That might help too
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fdisk

The "nuke it from orbit" of HDD issue resolution.
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Someone machine I worked on had that. Format C:\ is your best option
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Hey Jeff, I showed this thread to someone in my house and they typed the following:

I'm not sure if this will help but, if the application is running you should try and open up task manager by pressing ctrl+alt+del and switch to the processes tab. Try and find a process with a similar name or something that looks suspicious. Write down the name. It should end in .exe (program) and right click it and press end process tree. Make sure you are ending the correct process or it will cause your operating system to become unstable for the time being. Then go to search and type in the process name that you wrote down. Do not click open when it is found. Instead browse to the file location in windows explorer and find the folder the process is under and right click and delete. The problem should be solved.

An alternative solution that might not work but is easier is to do a system restore. Start>All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore. Good luck.
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Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
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This sounds like a tricky one to remove. First, I'd try Windows Defender. It's free and from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...r/default.mspx

If that doesn't work, CounterSpy has a free 15-day trial: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/Home.../Anti-Spyware/

If you still don't have success, read http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-antivirus2008.html and maybe you can remove it yourself. Or, throw the computer out the window and go ride your bike, then buy an Apple. But be sure to read this thread first.
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An alternative solution that might not work but is easier is to do a system restore. Start>All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore. Good luck.
+1, this might be the easiest if you have a recent restore point.
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superantispyware ftw!1!!

http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Also reboot in safe mode and clear out all your temp files.

Stop all unnecessary programs from starting up:

Start->run->msconfig uncheck load startup items. That might help too
this also worked for me as well it took a few time running it to get it out , but it did
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Old 06-25-08, 07:39 PM   #13
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My wife sent me an email ...
Your wife now owes you a favor, doesn't she?
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Thanks guys. I ran a scan with AVG and it found it. Tomorrow will tell if I am cured. Considering the amount of time I spend online, it is surprising I do not have more issues. I thought I could trust my wifes employer to have clean links coming from HR. Go figure.
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Start->run->CMD
Once in the CMD window: Format C:\
Come back in two hours, reinsert operating system disk and start over.
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For those of you giving me commands in what I can only assume is DOS. The only thing I know about Dos is that it should be followed by Equis and should be served ice cold.
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Dude, you are old enough to have worked on an 8088 or 8286 machine with DOS...at least 6.0.
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I'd recommend Threatfire as something to consider. The registered version provides lightweight antivirus scanning, and its main purpose is to find would be rootkits, keyloggers, and bots.

For a one stop shop, I'd consider Symantec Endpoint Protection, as it includes anti bot, antikeylogger, etc.
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Dude, you are old enough to have worked on an 8088 or 8286 machine with DOS...at least 6.0.
I was drunk from 1983 to roughly 1996. DOS is a bit blurry to me. And the first machine I ever worked on was one of those little MACs that was a box with a disc slot in the front and a keyboard.
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I was drunk from 1983 to roughly 1996. DOS is a bit blurry to me. And the first machine I ever worked on was one of those little MACs that was a box with a disc slot in the front and a keyboard.
See...that's your problem right there. Starting out on a Mac. Now you don't know how to fix anything.
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You can Google, e.g., "malware antivirus 2008" and find links like, e.g., http://www.spyware-techie.com/ultima...removal-guide/
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Something is definitely going on out there!

I signed into a charity website and started receiving Multiple SPAMS - all geared to my area with specifics as to some info I had to provide (reported that).

Work has had some issues with servers, etc and there has been an tremendous amount of crap I've been receiving (I do not use my work e-mail for anything but work).

G-Mail (google) - lots more than usual - but most notably - one guy (a member here too) had his g-mail hacked and used it to send out SPAM to all his contacts - I got two of them - the last one (of course I don't open them) - even without opening it - had it's cc's of many of my contacts!!! - checked with my peeps and they didn't receive it - perhaps it harvested and needed me to open to make it all happen.

Ugh! Oh and the best part - the guy who had his g-mail hacked is an admin - and found out that the problem came from when he had to download from MS a filter for a newsreader for work. He was not happy.

Stupid people.
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It's not worth fixing if it can't be repaired with a hammer and/or pipewrench.

Have you tried duct tape?
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I always cover their mouths with duct tape prior to using the hammer and/or pipewrench.
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I always cover their mouths with duct tape prior to using the hammer and/or pipewrench.
Put the twinkies in first, though
they'll have sort of a smile on their faces
Jeff, be careful, cause there still may be a root kit installed. Did you DL AVG version 8 and run a full scan? Then run a RegClean (TweakNow) and choose advanced. Then install Spybot SD and make sure the TeaTimer is running. Then remove the duct tape and set them free
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