Antivirus 2008 malware

October 10, 2007
aka: XPAntivirus, XP Antivirus 2008, XP Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2010

The Antivirus 2008 family of malware masquerades as an anti-virus and anti-spyware detection and removal software package. When you visit certain websites, you will receive a popup message that indicates your computer is infected and this software should be installed to clean up your computer.

Symptoms

When you visit a website that contains the Antivirus 2008 family of malware, you will receive a pop-up window similar to the one below:




Removal

Symantec has released further information and removal instructions for this malware family:

  • XPAntivirus
  • Antivirus 2008
  • Antivirus 2009

  • There is a removal tool available from a third party site to help clean up this malware:

  • Removal tool