June 10, 2011

Antivirus 8.

Antivirus 8 is a rogue security program from the same family as Antivir 2010.
It's promoted mostly through the use of Trojans, fake online anti-malware scanners and misleading social engineering methods. Once installed, it will supposedly scan your computer for viruses and display numerous infections, mostly spyware, adware, Trojans and other malware. As a typical rogue program it will prompt you to pay for a full version of the program to remove supposedly found malware from your computer. If Antivirus8 has infected your computer you should remove it as soon as possible. It's a scam, so don't purchase it. Instead, please use the removal instructions below to remove Antivirus8 from your computer either manually or with an automatic removal tool. 

While Antivirus 8 is running, it will constantly display fake security alerts and weird pop-ups about non-existent infections in your computer. The main goal of this fake antivirus program is to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected. These fake security alerts will pop up like every two or five minutes and will claim that your computer is under attack or baldy infected with Trojans and other malware that can even steal your passwords and other sensitive information.

It won't steal anything unless it comes bundled with other malware that could in theory steal something. Antivirus8 can't steal anything and it doesn't delete files from your computer. It's a ripoff rogue and that's all. However, the bad news is that this fake AV8 blocks security related programs and websites to protect itself from being removed. It hijacks Internet Explorer and redirects users to various misleading websites full of Ads. It will take you to its payment page to purchase the full version of the program. It costs around $80 and you can get a lot better and legitimate protection for a half of Antivirus8 price. 

As you can see, Antivirus8 is nothing more but a scam. It goes without saying that you should remove it from your computer upon detection. Full details on how to remove Antivirus8 are outlined below. We strongly recommend you to scan your computer with legitimate anti-spyware program to completely remove the rogue program and any related malware from your computer.


Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager: 
  • av8.exe
 Location of the infection:
  1. C:\Program Files\AV8\
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\A88246
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "AV8"
Although it is possible to manually remove Antivirus 8, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend  malware and spyware removal applications.

After removing all these files, restart your computer and the issue will be fixed. And don’t forget to do update your Security Software, check the Firewall Settings and the Operating System and finally do a full system scan with the Security Software.


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