Remove Antivirus 2008 / 2009 etc.

Posted On 2008-10-20 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Scam Malware Antivirus Trojan Remove Zlob Vundo
Tags: Security Tip Tutorial Windows XP Vista Windows 2000
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Antivirus 2009 is a new rogue anti-spyware program. It is also a clone of Antivirus 2008 - also a rogue, and one that's produced more clones than any other recently. The list of these clones is long: System Antivirus 2008, Ultimate Antivirus 2008, Vista Antivirus 2008, XP Antivirus 2008 etc.

Like any other of it's predecessors, Antivirus2009 uses trojans, such as Zlob or Vundo, to spread. These trojans lurk in porn/warez websites disguised as video codecs, and, upon entering the system, floods the user with popups and fake system notifications, supposedly to inform him of an infection. While the system at hand may indeed be infected, Antivirus 2009 will inform the user of this regardless of whether it's true or not. The point of this disinformation is to convince the user he is infected and therefore needs an antispyware program to dispose of the threat.

The user might click on one of the popups or notifications, all of which claim they will take him to a legitimate security tool, but try to make him purchase Antivirus2009's "licensed version" instead. Antivirus2009 may redirect web browser to, and websites that sell the malware. Antivirus 2009 is a scam and should be treated as such: do NOT download or buy it.

Follow the steps below to manually remove this nasty piece of malware.

Kill processes:

av2009.exe av2009[1].exe



Delete registry values:



HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\”Antivirus” = “%ProgramFiles%\Antivirus 2009\Antvrs.exe”


Unregister DLLs:



Delete files:








%program_files%\\antivirus 2009\\av2009.exe

%startmenu%\\antivirus 2009\\antivirus 2009.lnk

%startmenu%\\antivirus 2009\\uninstall antivirus 2009.lnk


%desktopdirectory%\\antivirus 2009.lnk





%program_files%\\antivirus 2009\\av2009.exe

Delete directories:

C:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009

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