A virus installed on my Windows XP machine through Firefox. I believe that it could have through the Adobe flash player. It directs my browsers to antispycraft dot com. It indicates that any program that I attempt to run has a virus and I need to upgrade my virus detection software. My McAffee only indicates that a possible spyware attack is occurring. It does not remove the virus though.
Message was edited by: Ex_Brit to b reak possible bad link on 22/08/10 5:42:28 EDT PMMessage was edited by: Ex_Brit on 22/08/10 6:38:39 EDT PM
According to what I have found using a Google search this is the result of fake antimalware not a virus. Always be careful what you click on or download and always keep Windows totally up to date.
Malwarebytes is apparently effective against this but to prevent the malware interfering with it try booting first to Safe Mode with Networking by tapping F8 repeatedly while booting up and choosing it on the subsequent menu.
It's usually the 2nd on the list.
In that mode go to THIS link and download the free version, then update it and run it - all in that mode. Let it remove everything it finds and reboot if asked to.Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 22/08/10 6:44:09 EDT PM
Have you tried running MBAM or even McAfee in Safe Mode and I'm assuming you updated before running? MBAM runs normally, VirusScan would have to be run from the taskbar icon (right-click and then select 'Rin a Scan'.
No antivirus catches everything unfortunately, that's where these more specialised tools come in handy.
If you know the location of the infection try submitting it to McAfee to see what they say about. They may issue an update to cover it.
I should have pointed out some required reading earlier on HERE.
Rather than resort to paid virus removal you may wish to run Jijackthis and post a log on one of the following forums for expert advice:
Do not post Hijackthis logs here, we can't help with those!
Post the logs at a specialist Forum:
Be sure to read all the sticky announcements/instructions at the top of each malware forum!Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 23/08/10 6:57:09 EDT AM