This guide is meant to help those infected by the Antivrus 2009 virus software which pretends to be an anti-virus program. This is a condensed version of the bleepingcomputer.com article found here.
What this programs does:
Antivirus 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Antivirus 2008 and Doctor Antivirus . Antivirus 2009 is installed and advertised through the use of misleading web sites that attempt to make you think your computer is infected with a variety of malware. Once installed, Antivirus 2009 will scan your computer and list a variety of fake infections that can't be removed unless you first purchase the software. These infections are fake, though, and only being shown to scare you into purchasing the software.
When Antivirus 2009 is installed, a Internet Explorer browser helper object is also installed that displays fake messages when using Internet Explorer. These messages range from a line at the top of the browser stating an infection was found to adding a box to the Google homepage stating Google detected that your computer was infected. These tactics are just two more methods where Antivirus 2009 uses false information to scare you into purchasing their software. A more detailed writeup on how the Google home page is hijacked can be found here.
Screen Shot of the Virus / Rogue Program "Antivirus 2009"
Tools needed for this fix:
We have found that Malwarebyte's Anti Malware program is effective at removing this virus.
This software scans and removes unwanted malware from your computer. You can use this software to remove the Antivirus 2009 rogue program. If you like the program, and wish to utilize more then the basic features, it is available for purchase from the software developer. The software will remove antivirus 2009 with no purchase required.
- Download, Unpack, and Install Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware
- Run the program
- Select Quick Scan and scan your computer
- Review the malware files found and remove them
- Considering upgrading any previous anti-malware software you are using as it failed to prevent the infection
- If you are happy with this product, consider purchasing it to replace any previous anti-malware programs.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a self help guide that should be used at your own risk. Although we have used the software to help our clients we cannot be held responsible for programs that may occur by using these instructions or software.