Antivirus'09, otherwise known as Antivirus 09 or Antivirus
2009, is a rogue anti-spyware program that was discovered by security researcher
Bharath, This program uses
aggressive advertising and false scan results in order to scare you into thinking
you are infected. At this time Antivirus'09 is advertised through the use of
pop-ups that appear when browsing the web. These pop-ups will state that your
computer has a security issue and that you should run an online anti-malware
scanner. You will then be brought to a page that displays an advertisement that
impersonates an online anti-malware scanner, and when it has finished scanning
will state you have a myriad of infections and that you should download and
install Antivirus'09 in order to protect yourself. Though this program is not
currently advertised or installed through Trojans, we expect that in the near
future Antivirus'09 will start to be promoted via malware.
The Antivirus'09 Program
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When the program is installed it will be set to start automatically when Windows
starts. Then when you log into Windows, the program will automatically start
and scan your computer. When the scan has finished it will display numerous
infections that cannot be removed until you purchase a license of Antivirus'09.
The infections it finds, though, are actually false and the files it shows are
either legitimate or do not even exist. This is because the program is scripted
to state that you are infected by a selection of over 3,000 infection types
that it are hard coded into the program. That means that even on a freshly installed
and clean computer, Antivirus'09 will still state that your computer is infected.
If this program states that files are infected, please ignore what it says as
you may accidentally remove a legitimate Windows program. A sample of the infections
it states are on your computer are:
While the program is running you will also constantly see security alerts and
nag screens appearing on your screen. These screens are very disruptive as they
will stay on top of any running programs until you acknowledge them. These nag
screens range from stating that you are being hacked to malware processes being
detected running on your machine. An example of the type of alert you will see
Malware or Advertising item was detected Antivirus'09
Malicious object can corrupt your computer files and
documents, and steel <sic> your
personal data such as credit card info or email accounts!
Antivirus'09 also installs a program called C:\WINDOWS\system32\SysShield.exe
that displays a fake Windows Security Center. This security center window will
attempt to appear as a helpful screen showing the latest virus threats and the
status of the security on your computer. In reality, though, all this program
does is further try to convince you to purchase the program.
If you are infected or have symptoms of Antivirus'09 then please use the removal
guide below in order to remove this rogue and any associated malware.
View Antivirus'09 files.
View Antivirus'09 Registry Information.
Entries for this program found in the Uninstall Programs control panel:
Tools Needed for this fix:
Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Antivirus 2009] C:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009\AV2009.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows applications server] C:\WINDOWS\system32\SysShield.exe
04/15/09 - Initial guide creation.
Automated Removal Instructions for Antivirus'09 using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following
location and save it to your desktop:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue
with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings
and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
- MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.
- MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can
take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically
check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
- When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different
than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove
all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry
keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM
may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message
stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer
has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the Antivirus'09 program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help
View Associated Antivirus'09 Files
c:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009
c:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009\AV2009.exe
c:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009\AV2009_Update.exe
c:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009\scanopt.sys
c:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009\Support.url
c:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009\sysdata.sys
c:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009\SysShield.exe
c:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009\Uninstall.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Antivirus 2009
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Antivirus 2009\Antivirus 2009.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Antivirus 2009\Support.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Antivirus 2009\Uninstall Antivirus 2009.lnk
File Location Notes:
%UserProfile% refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> for Windows 2000/XP, C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7/8, and c:\winnt\profiles\<Current User> for Windows NT.
View Associated Antivirus'09 Windows Registry Information
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\Post Platform "AVP09"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Antivirus 2009"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Windows applications server"
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.
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