Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beware of Antivirus XP 2008!!

I was attacked last night. Not by thugs or monsters or wild animals. This was something far worse.
It calls itself Antivirus XP 2008. You get your first look at the sneaky trojan installer as your Spybot Search and Destroy goes on alert. But Antivirus XP 2008, it knew Spybot S&D was there a long time ago. It moves in stealthfully; avoiding your Ad and Mal-aware programs., And you keep clicking Spybot's disable attempt window, because you think maybe its attack is being contained, like adware you've had in the past, and it will be quarantined to be deleted later. But no. Not Antivirus XP 2008. You keep attacking it, and it just fights your Spybot. And that's when the attack comes - - not from the internet, not from the trojan, but from the other applications that were uploading in the background you didn't even know were there.

You see, because this counterfeit is a pack hunter, you see, it uses coordinated attack patterns, and it's out in force today. And it slashes at you with this - -

- - a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. They don't bother to bite the jugular, like
a lion, they just slash here, here - -

- - or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. Point is, you're alive when they start to eat you.
Whole thing took about four seconds.
So, you know, try to show a little...
Ok, so it didn't really happen quite like that, but the effect it left on my home system was pretty devastating. I'll be doing cleanup on it for a few hours at least. All I can say is beware of the codecs you install, its getting pretty tricky out there.
For those of you affected by this bug, you can find resources to rid yourselves of it at, CNET the only one out there that I really trust. If you find any trustworthy sites, please let me know.


r.a.w. said...

im starting to hate windows, which comes down with every kind of computer virus that there is.
sometimes i wonder if bill gates creates these viruses himself, to make extra money on the side, because windows gets them, but mac and linux dont.

i like how the "antivirus" program actually is the virus.
i also like how they use the fact that you are infected by the virus as evidence that you need to download the antivirus program to get rid of it,
which is itself probably also another virus.

its the perfect circular logic of a no-win situation.

truly a great marketing strategy.
kind of like an overly aggressive salesperson who is selling first-aid kits that goes around purposefully injuring people to create the need for his product.

such is the way of the world

its bill gate's world,
and were all just living in it.

dt said...

Well, I don't know about it being Bill Gates (if it is, someone owes me some time and money expenditures...) but there has to be a way to fight these companies back, maybe monetarily.