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    XP Antivirus 2008

    My computer has become infected with a virus called XP Antivirus 2008. It was removed using AVG on the other logons but installed on one logon and I can not get rid of it. There is a round icon down by the clock split into 4 segments. A pop up comes out of this every couple of minutes telling me I have 30 infections. Every now and then a window opens asking me if I want to get rid of the infections. It appears to be trying to look like an anti virus programme. A search on Google leads me to a number of forums that discuss it but no advice on how to get rid of it. Google also offers links to free removal software but the bad grammer on these sites makes me think that these are a virus too. There is even an XP Antivirus 2008 website trying to sell anti virus software.

    Does anyone know how to get rid of this infection?

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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    If it is starting when you boot your system, you ought to use something like AutoRuns for Windows to see if you can identify how it is getting started and stop it. Then you might be able to uninstall it with add/remove programs or let AVG remove it.

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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge.

    Removal instructions for this can be found here. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    Before you download something you do not need from this page, follow the manual removal instructions. The programs are not among the best out there and if you want to get your system protections squared away, take a look at this post.
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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    Joe

    Thanks for the very swift response. Autoruns is a very impressive looking programme. I did not understand most of it. But the XP Antivirus 2008 was at the bottom of the screen on the logon tab. So I deleted it. Then I was able to delete it from the programme files folder. Now I am running an AVG virus scan.

    Everything looks good. Thanks again.


    DocWatson

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I found the site you suggest through Google but the web site address and the phrase "XP Antivirus 2008 usually come up after you installed a video codec that come with Trojan" on the page made me suspicious. I will go through post 385,669 as you suggest and make sure my computer is now clean.

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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    You're welcome. Glad you got it worked out. Thanks for posting back.

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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    I too am glad it worked out for you.

    If you have any further issues with this, post back or try this tool to remove it.
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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    A slight twist on the posts I've been reading to solve my XP Antivirus issue. I tried Spyware Doctor but was dismayed to find you had to buy it before it would remove anything. I just removed it from my laptop!

    I tried instructions in a post from one of the sites you recommended, Doc Watson, with puzzling results. I have the icon on my desktop and I know that it started up when I was researching a site on the Internet. I remember trying to stop it at the time, which may explain the puzzle. I cannot find xpantivirus2008 listed anywhere in the regedit list or the msconfig list or the add/remove programs list.

    Any idea what this means? Do I just delete the shortcut and all is well?

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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    >"I tried instructions in a post from one of the sites you recommended, Doc Watson, with puzzling results. I have the icon on my desktop and I know that it started up when I was researching a site on the Internet. I remember trying to stop it at the time, which may explain the puzzle. I cannot find xpantivirus2008 listed anywhere in the regedit list or the msconfig list or the add/remove programs list."

    Ummm... what were the instructions and from which post on what site ??? Now I'm puzzled. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
    Which icon is on your desktop and how do you know that "it" started ??
    What did you do to try to stop it ??
    What regedit list ar you referring to ?? The registry itself ???

    Please answer these questions one at a time and I will try to help you resolve your problem.
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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    Obviously, this is a Vista system. I'll go through these one by one....

    What were the instructions and from which post on what site ?
    ANSWER: I found the instructions on this blog (see link at end of this answer), which I thought I found via one of your links, but I could be in error on that part! The posts of yours I checked for help were here, #698,902 and 699,204. http://www.xp-vista.com/spyware-removal/xp...-antivirus-2008
    <font color=red>link did not work - The page cannot be displayed error.
    I followed all the links I posted in this thread and none led to the address you posted.</font color=red>

    Which icon is on your desktop and how do you know that "it" started ??
    ANSWER: It is an icon for XPAntivirus2008- V880366.exe, created 6.20.2008. I don't think it has ever actually run as I only had the screen saying I had all these problems it could correct the first day, when it somehow got started from a Web site I was visiting.
    <font color=red>That sounds like it's the executable file to install XPAntivirus 2008 or a shortcut to it. Have you clicked it and started the installation ??</font color=red>

    What did you do to try to stop it ??
    ANSWER; That's the part that gets fuzzy - I'm not sure. I think I stopped it by clicking on its "X" button, but I'm not sure.
    <font color=red>Sounds like you did click on it and started the install process but killed it before it installed. Right click on that file and select Properties from the drop down menu. Does that indicate that it is a file or a shortcut and if it is a shortcut, where is the file it points to located ??</font color=red>

    What regedit list ar you referring to ?? The registry itself ???
    ANSWER: Oh, following the post's advice, it was what came up when I typed "regedit" at the Run command (I also used Run for msconfig.)
    <font color=red>Are you familiar and comfortable with editing the registry ?? From this answer, it sounds like you can do it if you have clear instructions.</font color=red>

    Hope this helps. From what I've been reading, this program is causing a lot of people a lot of headaches. This is a new computer and I really want to keep it clean. Additional information: I don't yet have AVG. McAfee came with the laptop and I've been using it. So far, I haven't yet downloaded Spybot or AdAware, which I used on my former computer.
    <font color=red>If you are using McAfee and have time left on the subscription, stay with it until the subscription runs out and then make a decision about changing to another AV program like AVG or another <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> offering or keeping McAfee.</font color=red>

    I have to say, that from the information you have provided here, that you may not have this program installed on your system. Before you attempt the manual removal, try doing a search of your system for XP Antivirus 2008 and if anything other than that file on your desktop is found, post back with what was found and where it is located. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    (Edited by HansV to create links to posts and to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)Okay, here goes my best attempt at answers:

    What were the instructions and from which post on what site ?
    ANSWER: I found the instructions on this blog (see link at end of this answer), which I thought I found via one of your links, but I could be in error on that part! The posts of yours I checked for help were here, <post:=698,902>post 698,902</post:> and <post:=699,204>post 699,204</post:>. Also see here

    Which icon is on your desktop and how do you know that "it" started ??
    ANSWER: It is an icon for XPAntivirus2008- V880366.exe, created 6.20.2008. I don't think it has ever actually run as I only had the screen saying I had all these problems it could correct the first day, when it somehow got started from a Web site I was visiting.

    What did you do to try to stop it ??
    ANSWER; That's the part that gets fuzzy - I'm not sure. I think I stopped it by clicking on its "X" button, but I'm not sure.

    What regedit list ar you referring to ?? The registry itself ???
    ANSWER: Oh, following the post's advice, it was what came up when I typed "regedit" at the Run command (I also used Run for msconfig.)

    Hope this helps. From what I've been reading, this program is causing a lot of people a lot of headaches. This is a new computer and I really want to keep it clean. Additional information: I don't yet have AVG. McAfee came with the laptop and I've been using it. So far, I haven't yet downloaded Spybot or AdAware, which I used on my former computer.

    Thanks for any help you can offer. I will follow the detailed and lengthy manual removal instructions if you think I should. but I wanted to be sure that was the correct route, given I couldn't find it where the one blog post said it should be.

    Linda

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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    Obviously, this is a Vista system. I'll go through these one by one....

    What were the instructions and from which post on what site ?
    ANSWER: I found the instructions on this blog (see link at end of this answer), which I thought I found via one of your links, but I could be in error on that part! The posts of yours I checked for help were here, #698,902 and 699,204. http://www.xp-vista.com/spyware-removal/xp...-antivirus-2008
    link did not work - The page cannot be displayed error.
    I followed all the links I posted in this thread and none led to the address you posted.

    ANSWER: I tried but can't get the address to be a link for you, but it is the correct address. Somehow, I got to it via the Lounge, but I certainly could be mixed up as to which post it was in. Sorry!

    Which icon is on your desktop and how do you know that "it" started ??
    ANSWER: It is an icon for XPAntivirus2008- V880366.exe, created 6.20.2008. I don't think it has ever actually run as I only had the screen saying I had all these problems it could correct the first day, when it somehow got started from a Web site I was visiting.
    That sounds like it's the executable file to install XPAntivirus 2008 or a shortcut to it. Have you clicked it and started the installation ??
    ANSWER: No, I have never clicked it.


    What did you do to try to stop it ??
    ANSWER; That's the part that gets fuzzy - I'm not sure. I think I stopped it by clicking on its "X" button, but I'm not sure.
    Sounds like you did click on it and started the install process but killed it before it installed. Right click on that file and select Properties from the drop down menu. Does that indicate that it is a file or a shortcut and if it is a shortcut, where is the file it points to located ??
    ANSWER: It sounds like a file and not a shortcut. It doesn't have the little shortcut arrow on it and its path is "C:UsersadminDesktop".


    What regedit list ar you referring to ?? The registry itself ???
    ANSWER: Oh, following the post's advice, it was what came up when I typed "regedit" at the Run command (I also used Run for msconfig.)
    Are you familiar and comfortable with editing the registry ?? From this answer, it sounds like you can do it if you have clear instructions.
    ANSWER: "Familiar" and "comfortable" are a little more than I feel, but I have done it before - following clear instructions from this Lounge or tech support once.

    Hope this helps. From what I've been reading, this program is causing a lot of people a lot of headaches. This is a new computer and I really want to keep it clean. Additional information: I don't yet have AVG. McAfee came with the laptop and I've been using it. So far, I haven't yet downloaded Spybot or AdAware, which I used on my former computer.
    If you are using McAfee and have time left on the subscription, stay with it until the subscription runs out and then make a decision about changing to another AV program like AVG or another free offering or keeping McAfee.
    ANSWER: Yes, I had decided on AVG because of so many recommendations here and in the Woody's newsletters, but decided to stick with McAfee until my subscription runs out. Appreciate your advice!

    I have to say, that from the information you have provided here, that you may not have this program installed on your system. Before you attempt the manual removal, try doing a search of your system for XP Antivirus 2008 and if anything other than that file on your desktop is found, post back with what was found and where it is located.
    ANSWER: Just completed search and all that came back were these posts. I didn't include hidden files, etc. Should I? Seems odd that the desktop file icon wasn't found.

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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    So you are saying that you found nothing when you did a search but the posts to this forum and that the icon on your desktop is a file and not a shortcut.

    It sounds like the program was not installed and unless you have been getting popups and warnings about your system being infected since you first noticed this problem back on June 20th (the date on that file) there is no reason I can see that you cannot safely delete this file and be done with it.

    If you are not comfortable with this advice, please post back and I will attempt to help you with the manual removal process. That will tell us for certain if the program installed because there will not be any of the registry entries or other files on your system.
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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by IreneLinda on 03-Jul-08 21:03. Corrected error.)</P>Oops, forget this: just checked thread and found your note. I must have forgotten to check 'email noticfication" when I posted. Sorry.

    Hi Doc, hadn't heard back on my answers to your last post and wondered if I'd sent it incorrectly. On the other hand, you may be busy. After all, you were helping me with another issue about patches!

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    Re: XP Antivirus 2008

    Yes, that's right. Just the icon and it's a file. And I have been getting no pop ups or warnings since that first day. I would like some help with how I get rid of the file as it doesn't show up in Add Remove Programs. Is it enough to delete the icon? I suspect not.

    Thanks for your help on this. Sorry I missed your last post!

    Linda

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