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Unable To Remove Windows Antivirus Xp 2008

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#1 hartwith


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Posted 02 October 2008 - 11:35 AM

I have spent the best part of this afternoon trying to remove a Windows Antivirus XP 2008 infection. I installed & ran the Malwarebytes anti-malware program and it told me that it had found 134 items which it appeared to have removed. On reboot the red "security" shield in the system tray kept telling me that the system has a security problem and the Antivirus XP 2008 reappeared. I rescanned with Malwarebytes and this time it found nothing. I rescanned again using the complete scan option but still nothing showed up. I disabled System Restore but still cannot get rid of this infection.

Has this particular piece of trash been reengineered recently to prevent its removal by Malwarebytes? I know it could get rid of it up to about a month ago because I used it to clean the same problem from another XP system without any difficulty. Does anyone know how I can get rid of it? (Short of wiping the system clean and restoring it to factory default which I don't want to do because it has a vast amount of accounts data on it.)

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#2 ice2921


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Posted 02 October 2008 - 11:52 AM

Hello hartwith,

Are you using the latest version of Malwarebytes found here Malwarebytes lastest version?

Have you run HijackThis its good to help remove this pesky virus as it embeds its self in the registry? you can find it here HijackThis. Be careful though when using this sometimes it will remove things that are needed. Just look over what its going to reomve. Also are you running the program in safe mode?
Hope this help.

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 11:56 AM

BleepingComputer.com - Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/


#4 hartwith

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 05:29 AM

Thanks all for your input. The owner of the system has decided to have this Dell system wiped clean and restored to factory default. His data is already backed up so no problem there.

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