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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.


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)