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What is AntiVirus 2008

Posted on 4 May 2008 under Rogue Programs

1. What is AntiVirus 2008?

It is a rogue computer security software, that displays cautionary messages, telling that:
PC may not have system protection system. This may lead to your PC being infected.

User is asked to scan the computer by agreeing with dialog box, which starts to download AntiVirus 2008 rogue security program. Computer scan process will be launched right after AntiVirus 2008 has been installed, which will generate a report in the end containing assumed threats or non-spyware applications, which are being considered as malicious objects.

There is a rogue webpage that advertises Antivirus 2008 program by showing Warning messages containing fake information about dangerous files found thus impressing user that his computer is at high security risk. User usually is being redirected to such a webpage by browsing malware related websites. You can see the sample below:

Corrupt website (not recommended to visit): http://virus-scanonline.com

2. AntiVirus 2008 screen shot:

AntiVirus 2008

3. How to remove AntiVirus 2008:

  1. Internet connection might be disabled or Internet browser might be blocked by AntiVirus 2008, so it won't be possible to download any files to infected computer. In this case please download all files required for AntiVirus 2008 removal to another computer and then transfer them on the infected one using CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  2. To remove AntiVirus 2008 download Spyware Doctor and install the program (for the installation guide click here). Before installation, make sure all other programs and windows are closed.
  3. After the installation, computer scan should be started automatically. If so, please move to the next step. If not, click "Status" on the left side menu and press "Scan Now" button to run computer scanner as shown in the picture below:

  4. After the scan has been completed and scan results have been generated, press "Fix Checked" button to remove AntiVirus 2008.

  5. Restart the computer to complete AntiVirus 2008 removal procedure.

4. AntiVirus 2008 files:


5. Hijackthis entries:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Antivirus2008y] C:\Program Files\Antivirus2008y\antvrs.exe