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XPAntiVirus2008/2009/Advanced AntiVirus Removal

Posted by cotojo on May 5, 2008

Update September 16:

The following programs have high success rates in removing this parasite.

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19 Responses to “XPAntiVirus2008/2009/Advanced AntiVirus Removal”

  1. cotojo said

    L.Maik – Many thanks for your comment.
    These rogue ‘antvirus’ programs are causing havoc and it is good to hear that you have sorted your problems 🙂
    MS Onecare has limited use but works for some of the variants, but I would not recommend it for long term use.
    I use BitDefender as a backup scanner, but prefer Avast to AVG as its scanning capabilities are somewhat better. Many use AVG, and if it works for them then they should stick with it.

  2. L. Maik said

    Hey Colin! Great and very useful info here. Nice work indeed. I was able to get rid of almost all of these problems except that I couldn’t browse to any online scanners just to make sure. Turns out it was still “hijacked” until I tried some of the tools you suggested here. Then Voilá! problem solved.
    Just one thing, I personally wouldn’t recommend MS Onecare that much. It kind of eats too much resources and it’s very, very annoying, and if you want to uninstall it, it leaves your sistem kinda bloated. IMHO it’s better to stick with the Professional version of BitDefender. AVG free ver. 8.xx it’s a very good bet, also.
    Again, this is just My Opinion.
    Thanks one more time and keep up the good work!

  3. cotojo said

    Annie – Malwarebytes should do the trick, along with Superantispyware and possibly a few others depending on which variation you have been infected with.
    Any problems get back to me,

  4. Annie said

    This is the second time I got this malware. Seems worse this time. I changed my hard drive the first time, but I tried Spyware Doctor and nothing! I am currently scanning with Malawarebytes…hope this works!

  5. cotojo said

    Mary Ann – Hi sweetie, yes this one can be particularly nasty, although there are so many variations of it the removal methods change slightly too.
    Once the scum behind this have been rumbled and blacklisted they just move to a new host, so the sites are only there for a short time, but the havoc they are creating is unbelievable with thousands of users being caught with this and many paying for this garbage too.
    Hopefully you will get your money back 🙂
    Take care my dear friend,

  6. cotojo said

    Zarko – I did email you with suggestions of which programs to use and am pleased to find that your computer is now back to normal 🙂
    Have a great day,

  7. cotojo said

    Akaya – I did email a reply to your comment, hopefully you have managed to resolve this. If not please feel free to get back to me.

  8. Zarko said

    WOWW I used the Malwarebytes and Spyware Doctor and Windows LiveOne Care… and the threat is gone ! My desktop is back as normal and I can acess all of the options for my computer. Thanx alot !

  9. Zarko said

    should we download all of them??? or just the Malwarebytes anti malware…

  10. Zarko said

    I have that right now !!!! I finally found something on the website that can help me haha.
    I was stupid and I believe I pressed scan.. therefore I am infected. the programs you are sugesting will they still help even though you are infected?
    Im using Windows Live OneCare to scan my entire computer so hopefuly it disapears.

    For some reason my C drive is blocked from my use. I go into my Computer and the C drive doesnt appear. Will it come back after I get rid of this DEVIL ?

  11. cotojo said

    Filoaman – Hopefully the email I sent you sorted your problem, the links are also included at the end of the article with programs to remove hijacks, Remove Restrictions Tool being the first to use, followed by the remainder of the programs.
    they have been successful in hundreds of removals of this and associated parasites.

  12. filoaman said

    Thank for your information
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware don’t even start in my system (XP SP2).
    I run more than 10 diagnostics and I’m sure that Antivirus 2009 doesn’t run in my system (i’m sure that i sut-down my browser when the fake virus check start and i don’t run the installation message) but… my browsers (IE and Firefox) are both hijacked i can’t visit most websites and i get from time to time the same fake virus check windows. Any i deas how can i remove this part of antivirus 2009 inflection ??

  13. grand*ma said

    Colin, I got nailed with the XPAntiVirus2008 Removal and it did a number on my hard drive insomuch that I had to replace the hard drive altogether. Man oh man, it was was one nasty beast!

    Gratefully enough, my bank is going after the European merchants who are doing business under the name, “All Parts.” My bank wouldn’t give me anymore information on the bastards but it cost me some big cabbage rolls to get this beast of mine running again. I’m not sure if I’ll get reimbursed for having to purchase a new hard drive or not but ultimately “All Parts” pulled a real shyster move. I didn’t mind buying the antivirus at $60.00/yr but All Parts charged my acct in total of $150.99. It even had the nerve of charging me the exchange rate times 3, to boot!

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get back the expenses paid out in order to have my computer back. In total, this brilliant move cost me in excess of $300.00. in order for me to type out this comment.

    Nice, ‘eh?

  14. Akaya said

    Well, they got me. I paid for the software and allow the scanning and removal process.

    What should I do now… I am very disappointed in myself. I had a feeling this wasn’t real.

    What should I do now? Cancel my credit card(s)? Also, I had security password throughout my system for different bank accounts etc… I am sure they have my cookies as well.

    Please advise…Akaya

  15. cotojo said

    Jimi – Ye sit can easily be removed with free programs. I have had many instances of people using the information provided and removing XPAntiVirus2008 from their machines.
    It’s a simple process which will also remove any other fake software installed.
    Have a great day,

  16. jimi said

    The latest in a string of counterfeit antispyware software which can easily be removed from infected systems…


  17. XPAntiVirus2008 Removal…

    The latest in a string of counterfeit antispyware software which can easily be removed from infected systems…

  18. cotojo said

    Tammy – The only link you click is in the center of the page where it says ‘Free Downloads From’ and select a location near to you, it will then redirect to download page and start to automatically download.
    Do NOT click anything else apart from ‘Save File’.
    Any problems then get back to me K?

  19. Tammy said

    Colin!!! There is like a million links on that page. What on do I click….and speak slowly, remember I suck at this computer stuff.

    XO Tam

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