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Anyone had Malware that touts itself as Spyware Protect 2009?

Asked by drClaw (4452points) April 9th, 2009

I am currently working on a project at work and my computer just started flinging a bunch of bullshit at me trying to get me to sign up for “Spyware Protect 2009.”

Someone on Twitter had the same problem, but no answers for me. Does anyone out in the Fluther-sphere know how I can get rid of this garbage?

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augustlan's avatar

I got a trojan virus from something exactly like that. It was hell. I still don’t know if it’s really, truly gone. I had to run my anti-virus/spyware scans with something turned off in my computer, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Spyware2009, antivrus 2009
Ugh… What a pain in the backside.

I’m an IT person so when the virus would appear on a system I would just reimagr the machine.

Those viruses are nasty because they’ll hijack your browser and tale you to sites where your system becomes infected with even more malware.

Symantec has a fix for it but it involves registry editing so if you’re not familiar with registry editing on windows it could be treacherous territory.

At work I can reimage an entire system without risking data loss becuase the users are all on roaming profiles so their data in always kept on a network share.

Anyway best bet is to look up Symantec and/or MacAfee’s website. They may have a removal tool.

drClaw's avatar

Great thanks for the input. It sounds like I will have to hand this off to my IT guys, but I wanted to give it a go anyway. I’m not too worried since my data is all backed up on our servers, I just really didn’t want it to come to that.

SeventhSense's avatar

I had one that was so damn malicious. I found that the best malware removal tool was

“While being free, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is quickly growing to become the number one malware remover.”

drClaw's avatar

Great thanks for the link, I will give it a shot (fingers crossed).

manoffaith3112's avatar

I got stuck with that too. It was just awful because no matter how I did it the thing just stayed in there.
Eventually I had to get rid of every thing and start my computer over like I’d just got it. Took a long time to load the discs, and to figure out how to get it to start up right, again.
Heres to hoping it turns out better for you then it did me.

jrpowell's avatar

Looks like this is related to Conficker.

See this.

SeventhSense's avatar

Yes that fucker is evil. I had to reload Windows eventually. There were literally hundreds of infected files. Three days on the phone with Windows techs only to have to lose almost everything. Thank God for removable USB flash drives.
My computer is like Fort Knox now. :)

drClaw's avatar

@SeventhSense- is the SHIT! They knocked this virus out like it was nothing. Your the man thanks for the suggestion!

SeventhSense's avatar

Glad to help. Just don’t forget to get all those Windows/Explorer patches so it doesn’t happen again. It’s great when an application/program just works isn’t it? :)

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