Eradicate Virus Remover 2009 on Windows XP

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Eradicating Virus Remover 2009 My computer (Dell with Windows XP) got infected with Virus Remover 2009. It is a pesky virus (malware) & keeps popping up informing that I need to install this software to remove virus from my PC. It shows a scan and informs that a number of files are infected. I have heard that this is a bogus software & installing is causes more serious problem. Has anyone encountered this virus? Can someone suggest step-by-step procedure to get rid of this? I do not want to buy another anti-virus software unless absolutely needed. The message pops up frequently!! Thanks in advance from this knowledgeable august body.

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My answer would be: Install and run Trend Micro’s System Information Collector (SIC). While this will not remove the malware, it will help you define what needs to be removed. Then review the Vundo article and determine what measures are applicable.

I notice that this has been tagged with “Virus prevention”. This is not a prevention issue. The damage has been done. This is now a recovery and repair issue. The recommendation that should be given is “restore the machine to a saved trustworthy state”. Removal tools, such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MAM) are incomplete measures. They cannot restore deleted files, they cannot identify malicious configuration changes. There are many measures these repair programs cannot take. They will stop popups. I doubt there is a restore point you can return to, but perhaps others can learn from this experience and learn about saving their system state in case they find themselves in a similar situation.

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Sometimes, antivirus software also create virus program they convert itself to a virus or some form of malware. You have mentioned that your computer is running in Windows XP and it is really an OS which is vulnerable to viruses. The best thing you have to do is to first back up your important files, and reformat your computer. After that, install a Windows Vista or Windows 7 Operating System since it is more reliable when it comes to virus protection.

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  • Stevesz
    A lot easier would be to download a copy of Malwarebytes from www.malwarebytes.org, install it and run the quick scan. This will find the trojan and remove it for you. You can either leave it on the machine for later use, or remove it, as you may want to. Be sure to turn off your system recovery option and to run the program in the safe mode for best results. You do not mention what you are currently using for A/V software, however, you may want to re-evaluate your current choice against what is out there now. Keep in mind, though, that no one A/V program is 100% effective, and what one misses, another will find, and what the other one missed, the first will find <g>, so to speak. There are a number of good programs out there, some free, some paid, to help protect your machine against malware.
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  • carlosdl
    Also, make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest updates and virus definitions before going into safe mode to run the scan. Some links: Malwarebytes Spybot-S&D AVG Free antivirus
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