Antivirus 2009 – A New Fear For A New Year!
Antivirus 2009 is a clone of Antivirus 2008, and has many more unwanted cousins that come along with them to disrupt the party at your computer! It is a rogue antispyware program that is generally installed via a Trojan called Zlob (appropriate name!) using a video codec installer, commonly found on download sites, especially adult ones. This rogue software runs bogus scans of your computer to lure you into buying their full-fledged protection for your PC, and when you click through to their site to do this, you have just purchased even more problems.
Their fix is no fix: it’s more spyware and fraudware designed to compromise both your wallet and your PC. It may take care of the phony items it found in the scan it performed for you, but in the background, far behind what is visible, lay the real threats. It can and does open backdoors for other malicious software to come and take up residence on your computer, thereby putting you even further at risk.
Some of the signs you’ve been infected with Antivirus 2009 or its various friends like, Vista Antivirus 2008, Ultimate Antivirus 2008, System Antivirus 2008, or Windows Antivirus 2008 are the following:
- Antivirus 2009 shows a phony system alert message just like Windows. – You see a red or green icon flashing away in your system tray. If you click on it, you’ll get more system alerts and more misdirection to other rogue websites, all designed to cause more concern on your part and prompt you to act.
- Your home page is hijacked, changed and new shortcuts appear– all of this in an effort to direct you where they want you to go.
- A rogue toolbar named Security Toolbar 7.1 is added by Antivirus 2009 – This one has links on it that are labeled “block adware” and “remove spyware”. Clicking on either of these two guys will lead you to yet another rogue antispyware site that will undoubtedly install even more malware and spyware.
- You are bombarded with fake Windows warning messages – A seemingly unending supply of bogus messages intended to redirect you elsewhere, even if you think you’ve closed or deleted all the instances of this.
I think one of the ugliest aspects of a spyware infection like this is the fact that you can never really get rid of it all by yourself. There will always be hidden files that keep replicating themselves like there’s no tomorrow, and just when you think you got it all, you are dismayed to learn there is even more lurking in the back alleys of your PC.
Your solutions are simple. You can either reinstall Windows on your computer and start over, or you can opt for a real antispyware solution, such as ZookaWare PC Cleaner, which is the only antispyware solution offering a 100% guarantee of removal. Let ZookaWare PC Cleaner find and kill what you can’t even see! You’ll save yourself loads of time, and a bucket of money going this route!