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Old 06-28-2008, 08:34 PM   #1
 
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Default Please avoid downloading Anti-Virus 2008.

Hi everyone,
this is a general FYI - Please avoid downloading the "anti virus" program Anti-virus 2008.
It has been reported to be a virus itself by a number of people. - If you have downloaded it I wouldn't recommend trying to remove it yourself as it could seriously harm your system.

You'll either need to take it into the "geek squad" or reformat with your windows disk and hope that fixes it. (Please ask who owns the computer before doing anything like this).

This Bogus system's contact information doesn't work at all -
so you're also out of luck in contacting the "company" at all.

You could also try downloading AVG 8.0 and see if that can remove it as well:
http://free.grisoft.com/

Also, if you're asked to download the new Java program check their site at Java.com and do not download it from random sites.

Stay safe everyone. When in doubt, don't download it.

Thank you TIAkinZ for more information:

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If you have this program, and it works fine, then it's not the same one!
This one is called "XP Antivirus 2008" or "Vista Antivirus 2008" or "Antivirus XP 2008".
It usually starts out as a pop-up ad, saying you have a virus, and you can run a free virus-scanner. Next thing you know, the program is installed, and if you don't pay for it, it runs constantly, and gives fake warnings, and says you need to pay for the program for it to clean the virus.
If you try and uninstall it, good luck! It either won't, or it will, but next time you restart your computer, its back! You need to manually delete every exe, dll, and lnk file, as well as the registry values, and also, make sure all related processes are stopped first, because you can't delete a file in use.
Not to mention you now also need to get rid of any spyware, malware, and/or trojans this thing came bundled with.
These programs are a pain to remove, your best bet is to not get it in the first place. And this isnt the type of virus that sneeks in with some email attachment, they almost always start out as a pop-up ad for a free virus scan/removal, never ever click on those!

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Old 06-28-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: Please avoid downloading Anti-Virus 2008.

thankz. im not allowed to download anything without asking anyway. Also don't open an email with the subject postcard, thats a virus too.
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:39 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip!!!!
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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awesome info!!! rep! this is actually helpful and beneficial to wi!!
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:57 PM   #5
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mine works!

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i have that program, and it benifits my computer, it dosent harm it!

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Old 06-28-2008, 09:00 PM   #6
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errr ive already downloaded it...now i know wat to expect...thank you so much!
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:04 PM   #7
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lkemper and bassetlvr101, I really hope that you didn't download the same program as MissGnomie said. If you did, talk to your parents about it and try the contact info.
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:06 PM   #8
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thanks for the heads up missgnomie! always looking out for other members.... so nice of you! *rep.*
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:10 PM   #9
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I really like AVG 2008.It works well for me. Thanks for the warning
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:12 PM   #10
 
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View Post Originally Posted by d8471
I really like AVG 2008.It works well for me. Thanks for the warning
AVG 8.0 and Anti-virus 2008 are two different programs.
I love AVG 8.0 I would recommend everyone looking into it.
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