How to remove Antivirus XP 2008 (Uninstall Instructions)
What this program 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. These methods are all illustrated in the images below.
Screen shot of Antivirus XP 2008
This guide will walk you through removing the Antivirus XP 2008 program and its associated malware for free.
Information on Rogue Programs
View Antivirus XP 2008 files.
View Antivirus XP 2008 Registry Information.
Add/Remove Programs control panel entry:
Tools Needed for this fix:
Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [antivirus-2008pro.exe] C:\Program Files\Antivirus 2008 PRO\antivirus-2008pro.exe
06/25/08 - Initial guide creation.
Automated Removal Instructions for Antivirus XP 2008 using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware:
Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.
Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, or MBAM, from the following location and save it to your desktop:
Double-click on the icon on your desktop named Download_mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button.
MBAM will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. As MBAM will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main program as shown below.
On the Scanner tab, make sure the the Perform quick scan option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for Antivirus XP 2008 related files.
MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you go and do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan. When MBAM is scanning it will look like the image below.
When the scan is finished a message box will appear as shown in the image below.
You should click on the OK button to close the message box and continue with the AntivirusXP2008 removal process.
You will now be back at the main Scanner screen. At this point you should click on the Show Results button.
A screen displaying all the malware that the program found will be shown as seen in the image below.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine.
When MBAM has finished removing the malware, it will open the scan log and display it in Notepad. Review the log as desired, and then close the Notepad window.
You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the AntivirusXP2008 program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
EDIT:Scroll down and read my notes below, I just uninstalled this beast....
Associated Antivirus XP 2008 Files:
Note, Some of these files and folders may be random:
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Antivirus XP 2008.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus XP 2008
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus XP 2008.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus XP 2008\Antivirus XP 2008.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus XP 2008\How to Register Antivirus XP 2008.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus XP 2008\License Agreement.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus XP 2008\Register Antivirus XP 2008.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Antivirus XP 2008\Uninstall.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Antivirus XP 2008.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\rhcnkrj0etfg\Quarantine\Autorun\StartMenuAllU sers
%UserProfile%\Application Data\rhcnkrj0etfg\Quarantine\Autorun\StartMenuCurr entUser
Associated Antivirus XP 2008 Windows Registry Information:
Note, Some of these Registry keys and values may be random:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion "rhcnkrj0etfg"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\Post Platform "AntivirXP08"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Run "SMrhcnkrj0etfg"
This thing will hijack most of your startups (regedit, start menu, display properties), and make it almost impossible to recover. You might have to right-click the "start" button, click "Properties", and revert to the "Classic start menu" to get the program to run. Also disable "System restore", if you are using it, as it will restore the virus on the next startup. I THINK I'm clean, now.
NIce Information Rev...Thanks
Here is another Manual way to remove Antivirus XP 2008
1. download RRT
2. Click enable all [Note you may need administrative rights]
3. Click Start /Run /type regedit
4. find Antivirus XP 2008
5. delete if found
6. press [F3] and repeat for next delete ..Continue same procedure to delete all
7. Restart your PC
8. Now you can use any one of the anti-spy software...download here | Xoftspy | | Malwarebytes Anti-Malware | | AVG Anti Malware |
9. That is it
10. Enjoy and Shout | Here |
Also recommended to remove this: Spyhunter 3
Thaks Rev, one of my freinds had it. I forwarded your post and he said it worked like a charm! I don't care what Webby says, you are NOT worthless...