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by doughboy / August 8, 2008 10:28 AM PDT

im running windows xp home and a message popped up that antivirus xp 2008 found 2704 viruses then thay went me to buy the soft were to get rid of the viruses i know its not right what do i do?

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That's malware
by Jimmy Greystone / August 8, 2008 10:32 AM PDT
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That's malware you've got there in this Antivirus XP 2008, so now you get to use Google to find some kind of removal program.

And since it happened once, here's a set of tips for helping avoid future incidents like this.


The more of these suggestions you follow, the fewer problems you should have. They won't solve any existing problems you have, but if you follow them all you should be able to avoid virtually all problems in the future.

Things you should NOT do
1: Use Internet Explorer (1)
2: Use any browser based on Internet Explorer
3: Use Outlook or Outlook Express (2)
4: Open email attachments you haven't manually scanned with your virus scanner
5: Open email attachments you were not expecting, no matter who they appear to be from
6: Respond to spam messages, including using unsubscribe links
7: Visit questionable websites (e.g. porn, warez, hacking)
8: Poke unnecessary holes in your firewall by clicking "Allow" every time some program requests access to the Internet (3)
9: Click directly on links in email messages
10: Use file sharing or P2P programs
11: Use pirated programs

Things you SHOULD do
1: Use a non-IE or IE based browser (4)
2: Always have an up to date virus scanner running (5)
3: Always have a firewall running (6)
4: Install all the latest security updates (7)(8)(9)
5: Delete all unsolicited emails containing attachments without reading
6: Manually scan all email attachments with your virus scanner, regardless of whether it's supposed to be done automatically
7: Copy and paste URLs from email messages into your web browser
8: Inspect links copied and pasted into your web browser to ensure they don't seem to contain a second/different address


(1) Sadly sometimes this is unavoidable, so only use IE when the site absolutely will not work with any other browser and you cannot get that information/service anywhere else, and only use IE for that one specific site.
(2) Outlook and Outlook Express are very insecure, and basically invite spam. Possible replacements include Mozilla Thunderbird, Eudora, The Bat, and dozens of others.
(3) When it doubt over whether or not to allow some program, use Google to find out what it is and whether or not it needs access to the Internet. Otherwise, denying access is the safest course of action, since you can always change the rule later.
(4) On Windows your options include: Mozilla Firefox, Seamonkey, Opera, Flock, and Safari. It doesn't matter which one you pick so much as that you pick one of them and use it over IE.
(5) AVG Free and Avast are available if you need a decent free virus scanner
(6) XP/Vista's firewall is probably good enough for 99% of all Windows users, but other options include ZoneAlarm, Outpost Firewall, and Comodo. If you have a router with a firewall built into it, there is no need for any of the aforementioned firewalls to be running.
(7) Microsoft's usual system is to release security updates every second Tuesday of the month.
(8) Use of Windows Update on Windows operating systems prior to Windows Vista requires Internet Explorer, and is thus a valid exception to the No IE rule.
(9) Service packs should ALWAYS be installed. They frequently contain security updates that will ONLY be found in that service pack.

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by phil66 / August 8, 2008 10:49 AM PDT
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How to remove "Antivirus XP 2008"
by Carol~ Moderator / August 8, 2008 2:16 PM PDT
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See the most recent removal guide. "Removal Instructions for Antivirus XP 2008", using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Scroll down the page, to where you see "Automated Removal Instructions for Antivirus XP 2008 using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware:. It is free. If you see a googe ad at the very top of the page, offering to remove it for you, please do NOT click on.

If have any further problems after removing it, you have the option of posting at the Spyware, Viruses & Alert forum, as Ray suggested, or having a look at this thread. It's a wealth of information! You'll see you are far from alone.

Best of luck..

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When does the big Red M begin displaying
by phil66 / August 8, 2008 3:13 PM PDT

I can't wait need to know now!!!!

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I don't use McAfee products. Although..
by Carol~ Moderator / August 8, 2008 3:27 PM PDT

I feel it's up to the user. Same with Norton. If they're content with the product, it's their choice Happy

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Hi Carol
by phil66 / August 9, 2008 12:41 AM PDT

The post about the Red M was a bad joke on my part

I have to apologize to you and who ever may of taken this in the wrong context

Here's hoping grasshopper will understand an except


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Hi Ray
by Carol~ Moderator / August 9, 2008 10:19 AM PDT
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I was kinda surprised to see this. In the few years you've been kidding around about it, I've always taken it as a compliment, more than anything else.

Now that I read your post, I'm beginning to question my judgment. ONLY kidding! My attempt at a bad joke. No need for apologies. I believe, I've always taken it, in the vein you meant it. Or at least I thought I did.... until now. (Yet another "poor joke attempt")

Carol aka
(Ex) President of the Blank Subject club
_______ and one not fit for public consumption (There may be more)

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by bionico_1 / August 9, 2008 5:06 PM PDT
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that's a spyware,not a virus ,do not follow the instruction it said,you must to download an antispyware software from :, and the best choice is ad aware 2008, a great antispyware software,on demand scaner,install it and put to scan full the results select to delete,other good option is to download windows one care scaner,it detect and delete any virus,spyware,it does a disc clean up and defrag,close open ports,correct registry errors, and make a restore point,it is the best option for a clean of any kind of virus,spyware or any malware,free scaner and tune up ,open internet explorer and download it ,try it here :

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