Skip to comments.Use a Flash Drive to Rescue a Malware-Infested PC ( Antivirus Live )
Posted on 01/30/2010 10:19:14 AM PST by dr_lew
Theres a particularly nasty virus making the rounds right now. Its informally known as the Antivirus Live virus, as it bombards your PC with scary, real-looking security warnings and masquerades as a program Antivirus Live (pictured) that can protect and repair your system.
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This is the first malware script I’ve been infected with in 10 years.
It was simple to get rid of....First I unplugged my network cable then shut down the computer. Since it won’t let you open any executable programs after it boots up into memory, after restart, I immediately opened MSCONFIG and disabled it under the startup tab. Rebooted and it was gone. Searched for all remnants and removed them. Fixed the corrupt proxy setting with Hijack this!. 15 minutes tops....Harmless bugger.
“This is the first malware script Ive been infected with in 10 years.”
You must not surf the net much, or you have incredible luck.
Actually I don’t think I’ve had a virus, trojan, worm, malware, script ever until this one and I’ve been online since Al Gore invented the internet. I don’t use an Anti-virus either. ;)
My brother in law, small cash register co owner, used the quick(grace) method to rid a customer of this bug.
I couldn’t get to the control panel on one of my customers PC. I booted to safe mode and used a flash drive to install Malwarebytes. I also ran the program from safe mode. Cleared it right up.
Ping for later.
Using the flashdrive is a great idea
“Ive been online since Al Gore invented the internet.”
LOL, Well God Bless, and I hope your luck holds out.
@dr_lew: Thanks for the advice....I am now posting from my previously infected PC. Best Buys wanted $200 for what you and other Freepers helped me do in about an hour. But I did kind of back into the “fix”. Like you I put the flash drive with the downloaded program in before I started the “safe mode” start-up. Then I couldn’t get out of “safe-mode” without going through the “restore” process. I restored to a date prior to the trojan/virus showing up and everything is now fine. I guess there’s more than one way to “skin a rabbit”. Since I am pretty computer/software illiterate I am pretty darn proud of myself today. Thanks again for starting this thread.
“I restored to a date prior to the trojan/virus showing up and everything is now fine.”
Very fortunate, most virus disable the sys restore functionality, even in safe mode.
There is a version of this called Malware Defense that installs a rootkit on your PC. The rootkit has to be disposed of before you can remove the infection.
The rootkit can be killed with a program called TDSS Killer found at the Kaspersky antivirus site. You’ll need to download it on a different computer, then transfer it on a thumb drive.
Once you’ve run the TDSSKiller, the real AV software will come back and you can download and run Malware Bytes to get rid of the infection.
My mom’s PC was infected with this garbage. It shut off her antivirus and bombarded her with popups, shutting off everything except an IE window that went to the page where she could purchase the “full version” of this virus. Luckily, she called me before she entered a credit card.
I got that crap and had to use AVG anti-virus. Then it came back and I used PC Tools anti-virus software called Spyware Doctor. It’s gone for good now!!!!
Thanks, I’ll try that next time.
Antivirus Live is a rogue anti-spyware and ransomware program from the same family as Antivirus System Pro. This infection is installed on your computer through Trojans that install it automatically without your permission. Once installed,
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Both my son and Mother In Law have had this type of virus. My advise. Install Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware before you have the problem and update it once in a while.
Hmmm...looks suspiciously very similar to the AVG Free interface.
Thanks for posting this. I have a Mac, but DH has a Dell.
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