AV8 scanned my computer am I infected?

December 4, 2010 at 16:40:09
Specs: Windows 7, 1TB/6G RAM
A window showed up and said it was going to scan my computer accidently I clicked on it and it said I was infected with all kinds of viruses and trojans in my shared files. I shut down that browser and did not download anything. I have Norton Antivirus which I downloaded free from my Internet Provider. Is my computer infected with this AV8 or was it a trick to get me to buy something I do not need?

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December 4, 2010 at 19:13:21
It was almost certainly a trick to get you to buy something you do not need?

Anything that says it is going to scan your computer without any positive action from you can be taken as a scam.


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December 4, 2010 at 19:25:43
It's hard to say. Download, install, update and Run MalwareBytes free version. It ususally finds and fixes those.

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December 6, 2010 at 06:59:08
Of course yes, your computer is infected BUT not with the viruses that AV8 is telling you. Your pc is infected by AV8.exe or Antivirus 8.this program is itself a virus. AV8 is a fake antivirus program.DO NOT TRUST AV8 . It would ask you to pay for AV8 license to get rid of viruses. do not buy av8 as this program is a scam. All you have to do is to install an anti malware program and remove AV8 vrius. follow the instructions within this link to get rid of av8 virus

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December 18, 2010 at 20:56:11
it is very much a scam! you can't open my computer windows 95version in a vista browser! andi have a security program called vipre and it says i have 0 viruses! if you didn't download it and it pops up its a scam!

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December 20, 2010 at 05:19:35
Antivirus 8 is a fake antivirus program. To remove it from your computer:
Load your computer in safe mode with networking.
Press ctrl+alt+del
Search for process Antivirus8.exe and for process AV8.exe Select each and press "End task"
Download and install a legitimate anti-spyware software. Choose from malwarebytes antimalware or superantispyware. Download links http://www.pcrisk.com/top-spyware-r... Both are free and does a great job at detecting and removing spyware. Download, install and update before running a full system scan.

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December 20, 2010 at 10:20:56
I think the original poster has longs since vanished. Just in case, my take is that you need a real-time Anti-Virus which runs in the background. My choices (all free):
Microsoft Security Essentials.
Not too much to choose between the first two (personal preference). AVG is a bit bloated but I have included it just in case.

There is a lot to be said to then have a freebie which is a finder-fixer to scan on demand for anything that might have got through. Freebies:
MalwareBytes (probably the one now most favoured for this function).
SuperAntiSpyware (which can be used in real-time instead of an Anti-Virus).

You should only have one product checking in the background. Anything else should be only for use on demand.

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