Dear all: Don't mean to be bearer of bad news but this just P's me off (Sorry the French) Keep an eye out for antivirus 2008/2009 It's not an antivirus, it's a virus itself!
I got it from Google on July 10th and it messed all my folders and files. It's taken me since then to restore everything and save my computer ( Eventhough a good simmer friend from NYC sent me a new HD) I haven't installed it yet as the old one seems to be working fine, even though it hiccupps sometimes. This virus will replace your actuall antivirus and place itself in your Security Center and replace your antivirus:I had Norton internet Security installed It deactivated it and placed it self infront Norton didn't detect it at all; I called them and all they said was that it was too early to start making a database against it?! So I decided to call M.S. Support and after they conferred they suggested a System restore to a day before the misshap. This worked Since then I had to uninstall Norton and purchase Mcafee Internet Security Suite and this is working flawlessly; Even though the Vista installation was a bit of a hastle
thanks you for the brief berlopez , seems is more than a troyan that takes the administration of the system, there is one that kill microprosesors in less than 8 seconds along with ram memory of any kind and frequency ,it comes via email ,I always try to avoid open emails less than 25mb and if I do have to know the sender otherwise I wipe them all..
I don't even have antivirus ,I had AVG ,but they seems to change their system , when I recently format my hdd ,AVG make my computer slow ,so I wipe it too..
I back up my work in cd almost daily ..just in case
FreeAV works just as good as norton and maybe even better since it tracks trojans too.... and the program gets definition updates almost every other hour. I would rate it best and have been using it since 05 and has done me good every time at stopping the bad guys. I'd also recommend firefox for browsing as well.
Thanks merculiv, by the time I got it it was too late; I contacted Norton Inmediately,, they had just heard of the threat and hadn't yet began to build a database on it. So I contacted Microsoft support here (DK) and after the supporter held a short conference they adviced me to restore computer to a date previous to the attack. ...And this seems to have done the trick, After wards I found out that my Norton free subcription had runout; Expecting that when this happened the program would let me know,so I could renew it...But I didn't see anything? This made me investigate matters a bit further as regards Norton....And to make matters short I went out and bought instead Mcafee Internet Security suit and so far it's working fine... :)Here is an article in this regard:Don't fall for bogus antivirus downloads
By Scott Dunn
A new virus strain pretends to remove malware but actually does just the opposite: it infects your system.
Fortunately, you can use a few simple steps to tell the difference between these rogue antivirus programs and legitimate security software.
Antivirus apps may be malware in disguise
A dangerous new virus is making the rounds in the guise of a legitimate antivirus program. Going by such names as "Antivirus XP 2008" and "XP Antivirus 2009," this malware, as described in a recent Computer Associates advisory, succeeds by looking like a legitimate Windows program.
The Internet security blog Donna's SecurityFlash reports that rogue antivirus programs such as these are being promoted through spam messages that link to an automatic download of a virus installer.
With such aggressive methods afoot to fool security-minded users, how do you know when an antivirus product is legitimate? Use the following guidelines to ensure that the security products you download are legitimate.
Choose your security vendor deliberately
Be careful how you select a security vendor. Just because you see an ad for a vendor or product on a highly reputable site doesn't mean the advertiser is reliable.
Conversely, an ad for a reputable product or service on an unfamiliar site doesn't mean that you can trust the site. Advertisements are often distributed by third parties beyond the editorial control of the hosting site. That's why you may find ads for untrustworthy products on legitimate sites, and ads for legit products on bogus sites.
Services such as the free McAfee Site Advisor and the Web of Trust add-on for the Firefox browser evaluate beforehand the safety of the site you're about to visit. (Windows Secrets contributing editor Becky Waring reviewed Web of Trust in her July 17 column.)
Because the ratings generated by these tools may be based on out-of-date reports, they aren't perfect. But they serve as a useful line of defense.
Another way to evaluate sites before you visit them is with the free LinkScanner Lite application. Rather than rely on second-hand reports, LinkScanner analyzes the code of a given site to check for stealth downloads and other malicious behavior.
The free version of the program requires that you right-click a link manually to get a risk analysis before you surf to the site. If you want your Google and Yahoo search results to be scanned automatically (in addition to other added features), buy LinkScanner Pro for $20.
Published reviews praise LinkScanner for detecting hacked sites, although the program fares less well when rated for detecting phishing sites. CNET's review gave LinkScanner an overall rating of 7.5 out of 10. PC Magazine's evaluation was similar, awarding the program 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Finally, never visit a shopping site by clicking a link in a spam message. Even if the message claims to be pitching a reputable product, such as one from Symantec or ZoneAlarm, the link may actually take you to a counterfeit site.
Color-coding the good guys and bad guys
One site that has been tracking rogue anti-malware products since 2004 is Spyware Warrior. If you're considering a product whose validity is not certain, your first screening step should be to search Spyware Warrior's blacklist. Although Spyware Warrior focuses on identifying fake antispyware apps, the service's blacklist of suspicious sites and products also includes a lot of rogue antivirus applications.
Additionally, consult a whitelist of products that have been certified by a reliable independent organization. One such organization is ICSA Labs (formerly the International Computer Security Association), an independent research and certification division of Verizon Business. On its site, ICSA maintains a list of antivirus products it has certified according to its criteria.
Once you've validated a product to your satisfaction via these resources, you're probably safe downloading it directly from the vendor. But to be extra cautious, consider going to a reputable download source that scans every item before placing it in its library. Such sites include CNET's Download.com, the Downloads page of PCWorld.com, ZDNet's Downloads page, and Tucows.com's security section.
These days, every PC user needs security software to protect against online threats. But when the security software itself becomes a threat, the solution becomes a problem.
Fortunately, with a little care, you can dramatically reduce your risk when shopping for safe and effective security products.
Last Edit: Sept 5, 2008 12:43:19 GMT -5 by berlopez