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    AntivirusXP2008

    Does the Woody's Lounge cover viruses. My wife's laptop has been infected byAVXP2008. After the horse had bolted she installed Spyware Doctor and this now is blocking it - a bit. She still gets the AVXP2008 pop-up screen pretending to be helping. Is there a way that I can get rid of AVXP2008 completely?
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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    Do you have any anti-virus software installed and/or running?
    (If not, why not?!!!)

    Try How to remove antivirus 2008 and see if that helps.

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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    She had AVG Free edition but I don't think she had kept it up to date - It now has Spyware Doctor as I mentioned.
    Earlier I had googled "How to fix....." etc and looked at the Wikepdia method which lists several files that need removing - but I don't know how to find those files!
    I hope this helps.
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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    Edited to add: I don't think Spyware Doctor is any use in this instance - it may be OK for spyware and malware, but not for viruses.
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    Run TaskManager (right-click on Taskbar) and look to see if any of the .exe files listed are running under the Processes tab. If so, select them with a single click, and click on End Process.

    Next:
    Go to Windows Explorer, Tools > Folder Options, and make sure you enable viewing of hidden files as below.

    Run a search on the listed files to be deleted, then delete them.

    Next:
    Backup your registry (see MSKB 322756: How to back up and restore the registry in Windows)
    From the Start > Run window, enter
    <code>regedit</code>

    and click OK to edit the registry.
    Find the entries and delete them. (Post back if you need more help on this last bit.)

    Next:
    Get and use some up-to-date anti-virus software!
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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    Thanks Leif
    Tried it - made sure i was looking at 'hidden files and folders' but none of the 'wanted' files were
    found. But the problem remains. Any other thoughts? I can't be the first person to have had this problem can I ?
    Cheers
    Peter

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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    You can use the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> AutoRuns for Windows to see what starts when you boot the PC. That should help you to find the culprit.

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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    The only other thing I can suggest is to get some up-to-date anti-virus software and definitions and see if that can detect and remove it!

    (You could try running Housecall - look for the <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3timages/housecall.gif> at the top of each Forum - but I'm uncertain of how effective it is. The pop-up window only refers to scanning, not fixing...)

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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    Thanks Leif and Joe
    Spyware Doctor is 'guaranteed' to remove AvXP2008 - but it hasn't, Leif. Let's hope the 30day money back guarantee works!!
    Joe, I tried your suggestion but couldn't see any files/progs that had names that I could connect with AvXP2008 - but then I guess they are not going to be that obvious.
    I'm now hoping for a reply from someone who has actually had the problem and solved it.
    Cheers
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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    If you post a screenshot of the Logon tab from Autoruns perhaps me or someone else here will spot it. Also, check your scheduled tasks in C:Windowstasks.

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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware has been used by many to resolve this problem. Download and install the free version and then follow the instructions on this page .
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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    Downloaded malaware- it is currently scanning. I tried the other link and it took me to bleepinf computer.com - is that right. I'm bracing myself to get a 'buy now' offer when the scan is finished - am I right? I hope not I've already bought one 'guaranteed' anaativirus remover and that didn't work!!
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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    Yes - the instructions are contained on the bleepingcomputer page. Scroll down and you'll see the instructions. And no, you won't get a "Buy Now" offer. You can certainly purchase the "advanced" version, but the free version works just fine.
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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    I had just re-booted after following your advice when your em flew in. Guess what - no AntivirusXP2008. You are a gem,Rebel. I shall be rooting for Canada for the rest of the Olympics. Now that I am freed from this laptop I can actually watch some of the Olympics. Well done again, Rebel and many many thanks
    Cheers
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    Re: AntivirusXP2008

    <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> Great. And you are most welcome. Enjoy the Olympics and have a few <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> to unwind. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Analysis of XP Antivirus 2008

    There's a very extensive writeup of the analysis of XP AntiVirus 2008 in yesterday's (Friday) edition of The Register, if anyone is interested...
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