Antispyware 2010 malware

September 3, 2009 at 23:42:33
Specs: Windows XP

A few days ago my computer suddenly rebooted without warning. When it came back on, there was an active program icon with a red circle with a white "X" in it

"Your computer is infected!

Windows has detected spyware infection!

It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you.

Click here to protect your computer from spyware!"

I also received messages from something called Antispyware 2010, which had installed itself and was running on my computer.

After trying unsuccessfully to solve the problem on my own, I purchased Spyware Doctor, which temporarily removed all problems.

After about 24 hours of no problems, the computer once again signed itself off, and when it came back, the red circle with the white "X" was once again back giving me the "your computer is infected" message.

I can no longer get this off my system, even by running Spyware Doctor. Spyware Doctor does seem to have removed (or is blocking) the Antispyware 2010 part, but the warning message persists.

Can anybody help me get this off my computer? Thanks in advance!


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September 4, 2009 at 04:57:37
Use MalwareBytes anti-malware. It's free and usually removes infections that Spyware Doctor misses.

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September 4, 2009 at 05:10:39
Yes I agree MBAM is the tool for the job but would just add if it does not work first time then kill the process with process explorer and run MBAM again .
The fake spyware will usually have a shield in the left column


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September 4, 2009 at 18:30:57

Malware Bytes' product worked...for now! It seemed like Spyware Doctor worked for a while too, so my fingers are crossed.

Thank you so very much for the help.


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