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grb9uk
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XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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I have been infected by an XP Antispyware 2012 virus. 2 questions:

1) Why didn't my expensive Mcafee Security system prevent this infection?

2) How do I now get rid of it

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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The best removal guide on the web is http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-win-7-antispyware-2012 ...as I posted already in the 1st response in this thread.

The link you posted is labelled dangerous by My Web of Trust (WOT).

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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None of the major antivirus applications are very effective against these fake anti-malware pests unfortunately.

There is an excellent removal guide here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-win-7-antispyware-2012

Scroll down that page as the first links you'll see are advertising.

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har
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Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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There are 2 ways of doing this...one using the mcAfee software, two..Manually(risky, as a mistake could bring about unforseen results).

Manually update your McAfee Software(Click on updates and hit Check for Updates)

Then choose the hidden files and folders to be shown on the computer from the Folders Options Window...You can open it using the combination Alt+T+O or typing 'control folders' in the run window....(Windows Key + R opens the run window or open up the Start Menu and selct 'Run'

Go to C:\documents and settings|<user profile>\local settings|

Then perform a right click scan of the folder 'Application Data'...chances are that the infection will be removed automatically by McAfee

if this doesn't work ...you can try amanual removal(perform at your own will)

Open up the same location(C:\documents and settings\<user profile>\local settings|application data

Open up Folder Options again and uncheck the options 1) Hide extensions for known file types and 2) Hide Protected Operating System Files

Hit OK

Now, in the current location,( C:\documents and settings\<user profile>\local settings\application data) check for an executable file with just 3 letters on the name

eg (piq.exe, gog.exe)

When you have found it, rename the file by taking out the 'exe' from it

If there are multiple files of this type, rename all of them

Close out everything

Log off system

Log back in

The infection will now be disabled. You will no longer receive pop ups

But you might now experience a certain problem called the open with error condition

When you try to open any program, it might give a list of other applications to choose from which you can select one to open it up with. There's no point in selecting one as it will keep giving you this list repeatedly.

For rectifying this problem, open up the 'Run' window and type in address http://www.tinyurl.com/r22b

It will ask you whether to Run or Save thw file. Run the file.

It might ask you permission to add certain entries to the registry. Grant access. The issue is resoved

If the above address does not work try www.tinyurl.com/y6ej5b

If both of the addresses do not work, open up My Computer

If your address bar is not enabled, enable it

try both addresses from there. It has to work....however if this does not work either... we are in a bit of trouble and you'll have to edit certain keys in the registry manually

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Message was edited by: Ex_Brit and URL was checked - it is OK on 28/06/11 2:55:32 EDT PM
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grb9uk
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Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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I don't understand as the advice from Har contained no links

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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That's strange.  The post was gone before I had a chance to completely read it unfortunately as I was dealing with something else.

I'm afraid it's gone now so I can't tell you what's what.

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 27/06/11 5:01:50 EDT PM
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grb9uk
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Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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Can I post it on here or send it to you privately for assessment?

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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Click my name and over at the right send me a private message.  I'll judge it and if it's OK I'll amend har's post, which has reappeared above by the way, edited by someone else, to show it all.

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 27/06/11 5:13:44 EDT PM
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exbrit
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Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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OK Har's post has been reinstated in full as I have checked the URL therein and it is fine.   From a well-known source - Kelly's Korner XP help site.

With apologies to all concerned.

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grb9uk
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Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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I had an excellent answer to this problem emailed to me by har . It would be worth posting it here for others as it worked a treat

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 27/06/11 3:56:46 EDT PM
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exbrit
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Re: XP Antispyware 2012 Virus

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I already posted the answer in my post above.  The link posted may have been bad as another user has reported it and the board administrator now has to review it so please be careful.

Also please never publish email addresses for safety reasons..

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 27/06/11 3:57:21 EDT PM
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