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  • I just got a warning that my PC is infected with 4 Trojan viruses and Power-Antivirus-2009 started to run to clean the virus. My thought that this program is part of Windows Live OneCare which I have installed on my PC. When the Power-Antivirus-2009 scan was complete it said click to remove the viruses. When I did that it connected me to website to activate this service. At that stage I suspected that this may not be part of Windows Live OneCare. So I when I did a virus scan using Live OneCare and it came up that no viruses where found.

    My question, is my PC still infected or I am safe to say the Live OneCare scan is correct?

    Sunday, August 3, 2008 3:52 AM

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  • asa2002i;

     

    Power Antivirus will display fake alerts on your computer, and it is still installed on your computer, OneCare is incorrect. These alerts range from fake Windows Security Center alerts stating that something is attacking your computer to fake firewall alerts stating that Internet Explorer is infected. All of these alerts are just another tactic to scare you into purchasing the program and can be ignored. If you have this infection, the best thing you can do for your computer at this point is to uninstall Power Antivirus. Unfortunately, this program does not come with an uninstall utility that is easily accessible and may also be bundled with malware.

    -http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/malware-removal/remove-power-antivirus-2009

     

    If you are using One Care, the prefered solution is to contact support for help with malware removal. How to reach support - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2

    Sunday, August 3, 2008 4:56 AM

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  • asa2002i;

     

    Power Antivirus will display fake alerts on your computer, and it is still installed on your computer, OneCare is incorrect. These alerts range from fake Windows Security Center alerts stating that something is attacking your computer to fake firewall alerts stating that Internet Explorer is infected. All of these alerts are just another tactic to scare you into purchasing the program and can be ignored. If you have this infection, the best thing you can do for your computer at this point is to uninstall Power Antivirus. Unfortunately, this program does not come with an uninstall utility that is easily accessible and may also be bundled with malware.

    -http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/malware-removal/remove-power-antivirus-2009

     

    If you are using One Care, the prefered solution is to contact support for help with malware removal. How to reach support - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2

    Sunday, August 3, 2008 4:56 AM
  • I also got a warning that my PC was infected with 41 infections/trojans and Antivirus 2009 commenced a clean up.  I thought no more of this until the completed scan asked me to "click" to remove viruses etc.  I also go directed to a website to activate the service (at a fee I might add).  My own security scan came up "no infections/viruses/Trojans found".

     

    I am now sick to the back teeth of the three, continuing "pop up" boxes that no matter what I try I can not get rid of.

     

    Anyone got any ideas (apart from throwing the PC in the local river).

     

     

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:07 PM
  • If you are using Windows Live OneCare and you have been infected, but OneCare did not detect or cannot remove the malware, please contact support to report this and for help with removal.

    How to reach support (FAQ) - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2

     

    If  you are not using Windows Live OneCare, you are off topic for this forum. This is not a general forum for viruses, spyware, or Windows Help. For help with spyware issues, you may want to try the forums here: 

    http://aumha.net/ For help with virus removal, contact the maker of your Antivirus program.

    If you are in North America, you can call 866-727-2338 for help with virus and spyware infections. See http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx for details. For international information, see your local subsidiary Support site.

     

    -steve

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:17 PM
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  • What I did was rescanned my computor with Spybot Antivirus and it ditested it and removed it, no more pop-ups.

     

    Thursday, August 21, 2008 11:32 PM
  • There are currently two solutions - Spybot S&D and Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. Both are free

    To learn more - http://virusremovalguru.com/?p=167


    Tuesday, October 7, 2008 11:57 PM
  •  kunal0315 wrote:
    There are currently two solutions - Spybot S&D and Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. Both are free

    To learn more - http://virusremovalguru.com/?p=167


    Thanks for your recommendation, but I must note that this forum is for users of Windows Live OneCare, and using 3rd party tools without contact support is not the appropriate solution for an infection missed by OneCare.

    -steve

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 3:21 PM
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  • You know, I herd many ungrateful things about Power AntiVirus 2009. I watch couple of videos on the web and found that Power Antivirus 2009 is trying to trick you into downloading it. It gives fatal error and my guess is that it'll give you incorrect system security status just to worry you and have you do all the computer scanning and purchase their software.

    There are some free software out there in the market like AVG Antivirus Free Edition. Note that I herd that AVG is about to cease their free software. However, you can still download & install it free through other websites that has it.

    Yeah, I would definitely not recommend using this software ever again. All the things they said on their website are totally opposite of what they really mean. And it is not part of Microsoft's security products. Though I think the design makes many people believe that Power Antivirus 2009 is part of Microsoft's security products so that people whom trust Microsoft can download and purchase it. Never go for that! Windows Live OneCare is never wrong when scanning for viruses infections when it comes to Power Antivirus 2009!

    So my high recommendations for you is to think opposite of what the internet says about Power Antivirus 2009 and what it does to your computer, on their web page, I mean.

    LbFK
    Friday, October 10, 2008 4:36 AM