Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:46 AM
I believe I have AntiVirus2008 or some other rogue antivirus program as of late last night! I have no idea how it suddenly appeared on my screen! I was at a website or maybe Wikipedia when this thing happened. Or maybe my daughter could have infected me with a link she sent a day or two before. I don't know.
What happens is a large screen comes up saying My Computer. And, it shows all these supposed viruses that have supposedly infected my computer. Then a few smaller windows pop up saying Security Alert and a couple misspelled words supposedly from Windows saying I need to scan for viruses, etc. Okay, I know none of these are legitimate, so I never click ok or allow them in. BUT, I cannot get rid of these windows!!! The X-out is disabled and just will not allow me to click out or cancel them. AND I cannot do anything else on AOL, either. I can't click on anything else because of those pop up windows! HELP!!! Neither my Webroot Spysweeper or any other programs even detect this! It's also not there when I boot up my computer. And, I can get online through IE which I don't like, but it's the only way I can go to the web and read my AOL mail. Once when I went to Wikipedia on IE the fake antivirus windows popped up but I was able to get rid of them.
The AOL agent (during online chat) gave me the link for this website. He also told me that unless I know someone who is skilled at getting rid of this virus , don't attempt certain things or my computer will end up being a paperweight.
Anyway, I need HELP. Also, how do I make sure this doesn't happen again?? I am very careful about clicking on things suspicious. My computer also is regularly scanned for viruses.
Any thoughts as to how to remove this from my computer??