Updated on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Sometimes it’s difficult to weed out the good programs from the bad. Especially nowadays with our access to the Internet and the large variety of programs that are available on it. If we ever need an app or program for a specific purpose, we often just jump on to Google and look up something that we need and just download it. The problem is that doing this is pretty unsafe.
A case in point would be, Antivirus 8. Sounds like one of the many versions of antivirii flying around, doesn’t it? But Antivirus 9 actually is a rogue security program. It’s similar to other fake security programs like Antivir 2010. What it does is get on to your computer via fake online scanners or trojan programs.
Once it is on your system, it will start sending out fake security alerts and notifying you about supposed infections on your computer. The main purpose of Antivirus 8 is to scare you into buying the programmer’s “antivirus” software, that will supposedly clean you “infection”.
The problem with that is, that it charges you an exorbitant $80 for the privilege. This is nothing more than a scam – so your best choice is to remove it ASAP. It may not be a threat on its own, but it disables legitimate antivirus programs from doing their own scans and that can be dangerous. To completely get it out of your PC, read more.
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Symptoms Of Infection
- Your computer is acting slow. Antivirus 8 slows down your system significantly. This includes starting up, shutting down, playing games, and surfing the web.
- You are getting pestered with pop ups. Antivirus 8 infects your registry and uses it to launch annoying pop up ads out of nowhere.
- Searches are redirected or your homepage and desktop are settings are changed. This is a symptom of a very serious Antivirus 8 infection.
Dangers Of Infection
Viruses like Antivirus 8 will infect your registry and other important system files. If the infection is not treated it can cause a complete collapse of your system.
Some Antivirus 8 infections contain spyware and keyloggers which can be used to record sensitive data like passwords, credit card, bank account, and social security numbers. The longer you allow the infection to fester, the greater the chance of identity fraud.
How To Remove Infection Manually
Uninstall Antivirus 8 Processes
Delete Antivirus 8 Files
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\AV\Uninstall.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\Antivirus8.lnk
Remove Antivirus 8 Registry Files
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform “WinNT-A8I 23.09.2010″
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\explorer.exe “Debugger” = “C:\Program Files\AV8\av8.exe -d”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “AV8″=”C:\Program Files\AV8\av8.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\explorer.exe
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Warning! If Spyware Doctor is blocked by the virus then run your system in safe mode and try again. To do this reboot your system and tap F8 repeatedly as your computer starts up. Then run Spyware Doctor as normal. If this doesn’t work try renaming the Spyware Doctor EXE file.
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