Antivirus XP 2008Monday, August 25, 2008
This morning my home PC got infected by this virus called Antivirus XP 2008. I would like to share with my readers to be careful when you see this pop-up screen on your PC. Do not click on it as it is a Virus.
What this programs does:
Antivirus XP 2008 is a new rogue anti-spyware program that is advertised through Trojans and other malware.
It is advertised in the form of fake security alerts and warnings on web sites that state you are infected with malware or are being attacked in some manner. When you click on these ads, it will automatically download the installer for Antivirus XP 2008 and install it on your machine. In some cases, this program is installed without any intervention at all from you.
Once installed, Antivirus XP 2008 will scan your computer and display a variety of security risks found on your computer that can only be removed if you purchase a license of the software. These risks, though, are all fake and are only being displayed to scare you into thinking you are infected and thus purchase their software. Another tactic that Antivirus XP 2008, and the accompanied malware, uses is to change your desktop background to be a message stating you are infected, popups and fake alerts stating your computer is being attacked, and a fake Internet Explorer page that states Google has found your computer to be infected. All of these are further scare tactics and should be ignored.