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Posted by on Jan 10, 2009

Earlier today, my wife came into my office and said it looked like her computer had some kind of virus. I asked why she thought that, and she said something had popped up on her screen saying she had one. Of course, I had to go in there to see what she was talking about.

Yup, there was something that had popped up, but it wasn’t a virus. Rather, it’s this interesting little malware program that’s embedded in some sites that look legitimate, that, for some reason, don’t get flagged on Google, called Antivirus 2009. I know this thing shows up for many people in many different variations because I’ve come across it often enough myself. The thing is, I’m one of those people who, whenever I look something up on Google, I look at the link to see if it looks legitimate or not, and most of the time it looks like a site that would be just fine. And, when you go to one of these sites, you then have problems getting back to where you want to be because the popup keeps following you around and redirecting you, and you just might have to close your browser, or, as I had to do on my wife’s computer, open the task manager and end the program; that’s irritating as sin.

This is malware, plain and simple, and if it gets onto your computer, you’ll have the hardest time getting it back off. It’s so tough that in one of Microsoft’s last updates, it was a program included in their malicious software removal tool. And there are a lot of pages that give you instructions on how to get it off your computer if you, or your family member, does happen to download it.

I went to this one particular forum called and read a little bit more about it, and I recommend, if you have any questions, that you read at least the first comment about it, which was very educational on how it works.

Folks, major warning here; if you ever get a popup from any site you visit telling you that you have to download something immediately to protect you, it’s a scam. Don’t do it; you’ll easily regret it later on.

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I get these all the time Mitch and it’s obviously aimed at the uninitiated computer user who will click on it simply because they think their computer has been compromised. I reckon it would be a good idea if salesmen that sold computers gave out literature to customers warning them of what to be wary of when surfing the net.

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January 10th, 2009 | 12:21 AM

It would, Sire, but like health insurance, most people would never read the stuff, so it would be a major waste of time. But one can hope that, by writing about it, someone will either see this article, or other articles, and be able to spread the information on to others. We help as we can, right?

January 10th, 2009 | 12:57 AM

OK, then how is this for an idea. They get the computer home, they boot it up and they are presented with a tutorial that instructs them on the safe use of a computer. They are then asked a series of questions about the tutorial and only after getting a certain percentage right will the computer boot up. Man I reckon that would piss some people off huh?

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January 10th, 2009 | 1:06 AM

Yes it would, but I actually like it. You know when you buy a computer there’s all this stuff that comes up anyway, so it could be part of something like that, giving people an offer of learning something about how to protect themselves.

January 10th, 2009 | 1:28 AM

Gee. it’s about time I came up with a good idea. Now all we have to do is sell it to the software guys with perhaps a link to our blogs lol

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January 11th, 2009 | 3:00 AM

Yeah, good luck with that one. We’ll just have to write about it in our own blogs so we can claim credit for it all ourselves.

January 11th, 2009 | 12:49 PM

Hey Mitch,
I got the “Vundo” virus about a month ago (my first virus ever). It is just like this, and will open new browser windows and they have a legit looking warning that you need to click here. I never clicked the buttons (I’m not too stupid 🙂 ) but the browser windows keep opening up. The virus is a mess, and stressed me out for at least a day as I tried to get rid of it (I probably got it from some freakin’ website). It got past my AVG, and AVG couldn’t clean it up. Anyway, I downloaded the program from and ran it. It took two times but it found all the bad files and fixed everything. I can’t say enough good about the program!
~ Steve, the trade show guru

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January 10th, 2009 | 3:03 PM

Glad you were able to figure it out, Steve. I run two spyware programs, both free, in Spybot and Ad-Aware, and though they seem to work pretty good, I believe that the best defense is for everyone to be cautious of what they’re downloading to their computers, as well as where they get it from. I’m known to download something to my special folder, then opening the antivirus program and running it on that folder to see if it believes the program is legitimate or not. It’s saved me from some potential problems.

January 10th, 2009 | 3:08 PM

hey Mitch,
What surprised me was (1) I thought I was protected because I had AVG, but it got through anyway, and (2) I’m pretty sure I got it just visiting some website since I am extremely careful about what I download or open. It was an education to me that I could get something just by visiting a website, assuming that’s what happened. Malwarebytes is free also,and I got the impression that it may be better than Spybot and Ad-Aware. It found things in addition to Vundo, but if it’s like anti-virus programs, no one is perfect, and some get things that other don’t. Anyway, this was truly an education to me, kind of like having a hard drive fail “educates” me to backup regularly. 🙂
~ Steve, aka the virus-hating trade show booths guru

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January 10th, 2009 | 8:50 PM

You have to view it this way. Most websites you visit drop cookies onto your computer so that, if they require that you sign in at times, they remember you while you’re still online so that you don’t have to sign in again, sometimes for weeks. If sites can do that, then other sites can drop malicious software onto your computer at any time. Some programs, such as Panda, might be able to catch it before it gets onto your computer, but you may remember the problems I had with that program and my other computer. A firewall might help some, because bad stuff might get onto your computer, but if it tries to create a new program your firewall might alert you, and if you knew you didn’t download something you can just say no, and that will stop it. But nothing’s perfect.

January 11th, 2009 | 1:31 AM

Well, this is something I’ll never have to worry about because I’m still trying to learn the basics–downloading is an ADVANCED APPLICATION for me 🙂 I don’t even open up email from people I dont know so that means if one of my friends has a funny looking email address, I’ll never know what they wrote.

But thanks for the heads up.

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January 11th, 2009 | 10:24 AM

I’m glad you’re staying safe, Beverly. You’re overly cautious, which isn’t such a bad thing online because there are so many sneaky things people will do.

January 11th, 2009 | 10:55 AM