Getting rid of Antivirus XP 2008
by Harriet UK - 8/25/08 3:22 PM
In Reply to: Then Try This... by Grif Thomas
Hi, I managed to get infected by the dreaded Antivirus XP 2008 and have been trying to get rid of it but I'm a bit clueless when it comes to the technical side of computers and want to check if it's totally gone. First I downloaded Spybot search and destroy as recommended by a friend - this seemed to find a number of infected files which I subsequently deleted but it didn't fix the problem. The virus was clearly still on my computer and suspicious-looking pop-ups kept appearing (such as a bogus-looking McAfee Virus warning telling me to click on a link if I didn't trust the program that was trying to install - the way I believe I first got infected with the virus because I didn't realise it was a fake McAfee virus window). I then found the forums on CNET and downloaded Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware which found roughly 40 infected files. I clicked on the link to remove all the infected files which it did, apart from a couple which it said it couldn't remove and so I followed Grif's instructions to restart my computer and when I did so it looks like they've all been removed. The pop-ups have disappeared and things look much better. However, my desktop is still blue but the yellow box stating my computer might be infected has disappeared, as has the Antivirus XP 2008 icon in the bottom toolbar next to the start-up menu. So far, all looks good. However, the shortcuts to the Antivirus XP 2008 are still appearing in my start-up menu, although it looks like they're just the shortcuts remaining for the program that now no longer exists.
How can I be sure I've got rid of the whole virus? Also, does the fact that my desktop is still blue mean my computer is still infected, or is that something I have to manually change again to set it to my original wallpaper? Is there anything else I should do? (e.g. run any other anti-spyware programs in case they pick up something which this one didn't?)
Sorry if these questions have been asked before but there are so many posts all saying different things so I wanted to post my own question specific to my computer and what I've done so far. Thanks for any help, gratefully appreciated!!!
P.S. My computer is a Samsung V25 laptop and I have Windows XP
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