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Got infected with pav.exe - even with protection

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#1 eric512


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Posted 15 June 2009 - 02:02 PM

I have a friend that just called to say they have the pav.exe infection on there system. Lots of pop ups about Personal Antivirus. They quickly realized that the virus was showing false infections and trying to get them to pay something.

Anyway - I had previously installed MBAM, SAS and Avira Free on this machine. Also Spywareblaster and all Windows updates to SP3, including IE8. All updates were done within the past 2 weeks. All scans were clean.

I asked them if Avira had any warnings - none that they noticed.

A quick run of MBAM seemed to have cleaned the PAV.exe.

My question is HOW did they get infected?? If this machine had Spywareblaster and Avira - how did pav.exe get started? Is it because they clicked on the original popup? The users said they were on a Christian book web site. I'm going to look at the browser history to see if I can spot any strange searches or mistyped URL's.


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#2 boopme


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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:47 PM

Hi , I believe this to be part of a Rogue Antivirus application. It may be something else and legitimate. So I want to check. If it is the rogue then someone had to click pon the Ok botton on reply tp a popup or they searched and installed it. But we'll know after this. I will assume this is an XP machine.

Search and see if this fille exists on the PC, thanks. Probably in C:\

Program Files\Common Files\Uninstal\PAV\Uninstall.exe

If it exists ,Run the file Uninstall.exe

Edited by boopme, 15 June 2009 - 09:50 PM.

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