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Anti-Virus that is a Virus: BEWARE of AntiVirus 2008

January 4, 2009 (screenshots and more than what’s below in this link)  I’m posting certain items so google searches will bring up and expose this sneaky malware.

From Wiki-Security Encyclopedia:

Detection of Antivirus 2008 (Recommended)
Antivirus 2008 is difficult to detect and remove. Antivirus 2008 is not likely to be removed through a convenient “uninstall” feature. Antivirus 2008, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you’re required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove Antivirus 2008 and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a Antivirus 2008 scan/check to successfully detect all Antivirus 2008 files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove Antivirus 2008, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove Antivirus 2008 or follow the Antivirus 2008 manual removal method provided in the “Remedies and Prevention” section.

Method of Infection

Antivirus 2008 may attempt to change your computer’s desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of Antivirus 2008 from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention
Antivirus 2008, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Antivirus 2008 along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there’s a large number of traces of Spyware, for example Antivirus 2008, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect Antivirus 2008 and other types of spyware.

Remove Antivirus 2008 manually
Another method to remove Antivirus 2008 is to manually delete Antivirus 2008 files in your system. Detect and remove the following Antivirus 2008 files:

* Antvrs.exe
* AntvrsInstall.exe
* AntvrsInstall[1].exe
* Win Antivirus 2008.exe
* av2008xp.exe
* Antivirus-2008.exe
* xpa_2008.exe
* lwpwer.exe

Other Files
* AntiVirus 2008.lnk
* AntiVirus 2008.lic
* %ProgramFiles%\ANTIVIRUS 2008
* Uninstall Antivirus.lnk
* Antivirus Pro 2008
* %ProgramFiles%\Antivirus2008y
* Uninstall Antivirus 2008.lnk
* %AppData%\Antivirus2008y
* %ProgramFiles%\Win Antivirus 2008
* s9201
* %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Antivirus2008y
* %ProgramFiles%\Antivirus 2008 XP
* %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\SoftLand Ltd\Antivirus 2008 XP

Registry Keys **** in LINK

Known Variants

VirusBurst is a re-branded variant of other well-known rogue anti-spyware programs, including SpywareQuake, SpyFalcon, SpywareStrike, SpySheriff, SpyHeal and many other pseudonyms.

Recently, I have had to assist others in removing it. My firewall picked up the hijack attempt. I will not say which firewall or scanner I use, as I do not want to publicly educate evil ones who write these things, but if you need assistance removing it beyond the wiki-site, drop me an email at idaho kat blog (all one word) at yahoo -dot- com.

I’d suggest being on the look out for a 2009 varient as well. As far as I know, there is a legit anti-virus software with a very similar name, however, I would be hesitant, unsure of which was the real thing or not to give advice on or use the real one myself.  Hope the legit company finds the malware writers and destroys those who have given them a potenal bad name.


Voting, Politics, frustration

November 8, 2008

I’m usually not one to write about or get heavy into any politics, but one thing I disagree with is the electoral process. Populations are exploding and growing in cities everywhere.  The current system is broken.  Each state should have *1* electoral vote. Like the current system, the overall popular vote is the electoral vote the state gets. In the event of tie with each party getting 25 electorals, then go by the overall nationwide majority vote, hence actually making every vote actually count. The current system for voting is broken, last election most of us remember how Florida’s counting process was broken, current healthcare crisis is broken. After this recent Barack Obama vs. John McCain election, the economy and all the above, etc., are going to be some pretty hefty issues regardless of winner.

I sincerely wonder how campaigning efforts would go if the voting system were a little bit different; so candidates wouldn’t just work the states with the most electoral votes.

It’s time to vote for a new voting process.

Updating and reading

September 28, 2008

Per my norm, I’ve been reading others blogs, and organizing my own in general today. Just look to your right in the blog lings, and I’ve added more today, recategorized, etc. For my comprehensive medcation list, I’ve actually done some division of the main one, have an enormous OTC list, and resources. It’s becoming so large, that I’m thinking about starting a new blog and splitting things into two – making the new one an organized list, with the categories being so that you can click on specific items, alphabetic, etc. and then I’ll leave this blog which I sporadically update as my personal one with all my blogroll links, etc..

There are blogs for 10 out of 10, and 20 out of 10, so for the ‘educational’ blog, I’m thinking about making one and calling it 30 out of 10. Give me your thoughts, since once I make it and name it, I”ll probably keep it that way 🙂

I also just added a WordPress avatar, so when I post comments, a picture shows up. I’m 100% female, but Puss n’ Boots, introduced in Shrek 2, is my favorite character. I’m Kat, he’s a cat, so, it’s all good.

This month, for the first time ever, at the pushing and begging of family members, I have finally signed up on Facebook. I kind of hate the fact it uses real names, as I don’t care to reveal my last name here.

What goes around comes around

August 3, 2008

This past winter, the northwest saw a heck of a lot of snow! If you mention that morning to other locals who braved the roads that day, they too remember that day. My usual habit when the driveway which goes uphill where I work, was to position my front wheel, 2 wheel drive clunker (that had a matter of inches for ground clearance) drop it in first gear and plow my way through the birm, parking in a nice covered area. This particular morning, for the first time ever, I did not manage to plow through that three foot high berm (which was wet slop the plow truck left in front of the driveway). Instead, I managed to get that little old car more stuck than I’ve ever thought was possible!

In the winter, I make it a habit to carry a shovel with me at all times just in case. This was the first time I actually had ever needed it though. The back end of the car was hanging out partially on the main road, where as the majority of it was wedged beyond wedged. Normally I would have made it, but too much snow fell in too short of a time period. I have since bought me vehicle this past spring with 4WD to use for future occasions. Knowing myself, I will find a way to get myself in another precarious situation.

I called my boss. I knew he was coming in to the office that day, so was hoping he could come with his plow truck to bail me out. No could do – He was stuck at his house and needed someone with a bigger plow truck to bail him out. I decided my best bet was to get out of the car and start shoveling.  Some strangers passing by in a larger truck saw me shoveling and asked if they could help. (OH YEAH!) They started to help me shovel all around the the car. They had just been at a friend’s house, shoveling his drive way since he had broken his shoulder while snowboarding the weekend before. So, their two shovels plus mine, we were working hard to free my car.

While attempting to untrap the car, another large truck came by with another willing good hearted citizen. My old car had tow hitch on it that I’d use in the summer to haul my toys to the lake (and yes, the toys were newer than that car – I had been saving for the one I now drive for a few years).  Using the tow hitch, the trucker attempted to pull me out of the driveway – and the car would not budge, and yes, I had it in neutral at that point.  More shoveling and another pull and the car still refused to move. Folks, leave it to Kat to wedge her car so well, that and the tires were bald on the car. I’ve found that winter driving is more about technique than relying on studded tires which tear up the roads when they are dry.

I don’t recall how much time passed, but after what seemed like half the day (and hour or two in actuality) we got the car shoveled and yanked outta there. At that point, I drove and parked at the nearby hospital and walked across the street to work.  That night, the tire chains(cables) I had purchased in 2002 and were still in the original packaging, I figured out how to put on the car.  It wasn’t hard, but it sucks not being able to drive over 20 mph or so with tire cables on.  Perhaps my former title of being dubbed as an “ambulance driver” made me less fearful of driving on ice regardless of what I was behind the wheel of.

This story where the title will make more sense leads to part 2 of another I have not written…. yet.  Most of all, I was thankful there are many good citizens around to help me in my time of need.

The DMV endorses practicing medicine without a medical license…

July 26, 2008

This was clearly stated by a DMV employee – I’m not kidding you! A few years ago I needed to renew my license so went in. I happened to be riding my bicycle that day. I have near 20:20 vision uncorrected in the good eye, but not as good in the other, so will sometimes wear glasses for the sake of the weaker eyes. The glasses have the polarized lenses, so I was wearing them while bicycling. Went inside, and when I had to take their joke of an eye test, I took the glasses off and read the stuff just fine. I took the test WITHOUT wearing them. Is it that hard to observe? Apparently for the incompetent lady behind the counter it was. I’ve never had lens restriction, etc., on my license. After the test since I was preparing to go back outside, put the glasses back on (easier place to keep them anyway). Dumb DMV lady puts corrective lens restriction on my license.

Perhaps the DMV was trying to scam me – no, I know it was a case of a typical moron working there, but the fact she wanted to “retest me” AND charge me again to print the license that she put false info on (the correct lens thing) my license. Since I don’t wear the glasses all the time, I have concerns if I were pulled over for something because of this incorrect info. The fact she wanted to re-charge me the money. The DMV is evil enough as it is, but why should anyone pay for THEIR mistakes. What happened to taking ones own responsibility? At that point, I smiled and left. You can’t argue with abuse tyrants.

I went to my ophthalmologist and got a signed letter from him to state I did not need corrective lenses all the time or while driving. I brought that letter in a few days later. I don’t remember if it was the same person behind the counter or not, but the anal retentive person asks me to take their DMV eye test. From there, I asked her if she was a certified ophthalmologist – of course not. I asked if she endorsed practicing without a medical license – she YES. There you have it, the DMV actually ENDORSES practicing without a medical license, rather than a certified doctor. I wish I had her confession on camera. I know she said it because I was being polite and not yelling or using the harsh tone she deserved.

Next DMV rant will be the fact that one lady cannot count past 32 (quite amusing story from 2-3 months ago)