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  • I cannot escape this notice. Did it come from Microsoft. The software said it had no identifiable signature.

     

    Sunday, July 6, 2008 12:23 PM

Answers

  • Windows Antivirus 2008 is malware and if you are seeing pop ups to download or purchase it you are infected. If you have Windows Live One Care installed please contact support for help with removal. How to reach support - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2 

    If you are not using Windows Live One Care you are off topic in this forum but can find help by searching the web for "Remove Windows Antivirus 2008".

    Sunday, July 6, 2008 1:50 PM
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  • Windows Antivirus 2008 is malware and if you are seeing pop ups to download or purchase it you are infected. If you have Windows Live One Care installed please contact support for help with removal. How to reach support - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2 

    If you are not using Windows Live One Care you are off topic in this forum but can find help by searching the web for "Remove Windows Antivirus 2008".

    Sunday, July 6, 2008 1:50 PM
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  • je veux que votre antivirus protege mon ordinateur

     

    Sunday, July 6, 2008 10:13 PM
  • Dans quel pays êtes-vous localisé ? Il vaudrait mieux de signaler votre question dans le dossier de langue française - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1024&SiteID=2

    Sunday, July 6, 2008 10:33 PM
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  • It is impossible to determine the source of this program. It is imbedded somewhere in my computer and is retained even after I used my computer's contol panel and its program to remove programs or software. I went thru the purchase protection process knowing my debit card is protected from such purchases. I received a phone from the monitering service for the card stating that the purchase was attempted and its source was in Spain. Short of having it removed by a professional service, we are stuck. It is my opinion it is gernerated to frighten people into purchasing the service. My Norton antivirus has yet to detect any of the concerns antivirus 2008 posts nor has there been any action taken. Every attempt I make to Microsoft to recitfy this situation has been ignorned and as a result I will take my computer to a servive to have it removed and protected from any more of this malicous Microsoft ***!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:22 PM
  •  James Eddinger wrote:

    ~snip~

    malicous Microsoft ***!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    Good lord!  Microsoft isn't based in Spain, and just because the people that infected you used "Windows" in it's name doesn't mean Windows Antivirus 2008 is a malicious infection originating from Microsoft.

     

    Since your off topic and not using OneCare (a competitor of Norton), you can still go here for free Microsoft removal assistance, if you can't get any help from Symantec/Norton, which I'd suppose is what you're paying them for:

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx

    Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:40 PM
  • Thanks, Dave_M. :-)

    -steve

     

    Thursday, July 10, 2008 6:51 PM
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  • so what should I do if the malware has infected my computer?
    the program itself (I'm guessing) has installed itself onto my computer
    and it is on my system tray and it's automaticlly opening explorer
    should I contact technical support or do you think I can run a scan and delete this?
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:27 PM
  • sorry about the 1st post
    was very worried and forgot to read the rest of the message
    which said search on the web for "remove windows antivirus 2008"
    have installed a program to remove
    sorry for bothering you and thank you for the tip!
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:33 PM
  •  Ada T wrote:
    sorry about the 1st post
    was very worried and forgot to read the rest of the message
    which said search on the web for "remove windows antivirus 2008"
    have installed a program to remove
    sorry for bothering you and thank you for the tip!

    Another option is as follows:

    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

    Thursday, July 17, 2008 1:20 AM
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  • Windows has infected 3 of our computers with malicous spyware that forces you to buy their overpriced software to get it removed.  WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS 2008 is spyware that pops up warnings to get you to buy.buy..buy their spyware tool......... If you do not buy then Windows will start poping up pornographic pictures to scare you into buying their product.   This is complete garbage and makes me wish that I had never put this much time into using windows live or any of their other products....... 

     

    Monday, September 1, 2008 2:01 PM
  • Webmastermike, I suggest you read the other posts in this thread. Win Antivirus 2008 is NOT a Microsoft product.  

     

    Monday, September 1, 2008 2:31 PM
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  • I happen to know where there are instructions to manually remove this malware if it's safe to post link to them here.

     

     

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 1:56 PM
  • You can if you would like to but there are so many variations of this malware that manual removal may not remove it completely and could sometimes cause other problems. The best course of action for an infected One Care user is to work with tech support.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 2:07 PM
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  • Here's the website I came across that has instructions for manually removing this malware.

     

    http://www.spywareremove.com/removeAntivirus2008.html

     

    This is on a 3rd party product website, and I do urge people to work with OneCare Techsupport first before attempting to remove this sucker manually. Somebody on another website, mentioned he got infected with this sucker, and he ended up having to reformat and reinstall Windows Vista to get rid of this.

     

    What I did to avoid this sucker and other malware, is that XD Technology on my Intel motherboard is on by default, DEP for Windows Vista is turned on, and then I ran IE 7 as an administrator for a little bit, opened up Internet Properties, then clicked on the Advanced Tab, and scrolled down to the Security section, and placed a check mark in the box next to the line listed as Enable memory protection to mitigate online attacks and then clicked apply. After that I shut down IE 7 and went back to running it as I normally should. This along with OneCare has kept a lot of viruses and malware at bay.

     

     

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 11:08 PM