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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:28 PM
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Has anyone else gotten that "Spyware Protect 2009" spyware/virus thing?
I finally got rid of the bastard after scanning, rescanning and finally finding the thing....Be on the lookout. It's a real pain in the ass.


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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:29 PM
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1. What did you use to remove it?
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:30 PM
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2. My McAfee spyware scan rooted it out after three scans.
Obnoxious thing had completely taken over my web access.
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newfie11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:32 PM
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3. Did you get this from Spyware?
I just ran a search but don't see it on my computer. I do have spyware on it.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:34 PM
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7. Here's a bit on it from Yahoo! answers:
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newfie11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:40 PM
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9. Thanks, I will check it out n/t
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:33 PM
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4. There's variations out there called Anti-Virus XP 2009
anything with XP 2009 on the name is trouble.
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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:33 PM
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5. mr tosh is dealing with it TODAY on a network workstation
at our business! This is after getting frustrated last night and quitting.

Thankfully, the server was better protected.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:33 PM
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6. I would imagine the various hijackthis forums have plenty of info on it....
One example (google knows many more):
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum22.html
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:40 PM
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8. It's pretty awful.
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 05:42 PM by DireStrike
I cleaned it off of my girlfriend's computer a month or two ago. Well, sort of. I removed the virus but the damage to the operating system was so extensive that it wouldn't start anymore. Nobody gives you a disk to repair windows with anymore, so I had to do a fresh install.

Her sister had installed it in a program that claimed to be anti-spyware. I was shocked that somebody fell for that, especially somebody under 40. Well anyway she did and it wrought havoc.

The real kicker came when I tried to remove it. There is a proliferation of websites with instructions on how to remove it, most of which seem to be false! They're written in the same broken english that the program itself uses. I wonder if the virus' author had a hand in disseminating the false removal information. Very clever, if so. Made me smile, and then curse.

What I used to remove it was Malwarebytes' software: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:49 PM
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10. Yeah that thing sucked. It was a bitch to remove.
Somebody needs to sue the company that put that into circulation.
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Q3JR4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:42 PM
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11. My grandparents got it and were
pissed off at it while ignoring their antivirus' attempt to remove it.

I fixed it by clicking the button on the screen AVG Antivirus put up (free version here) that said "Heal".

The next scan was completely clear.

I highly recommend the free version of AVG Antivirus, as well as spybot search and destroy.

Q3JR4
Virus and spyware free since '03.
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