Antivirus 8

Antivirus 8 Description


Antivirus 8 is a rogue anti-virus scanner that displays fake scan results, which simply are excuses for Antivirus 8 to demand a premium registration fee. Although Antivirus 8 claims to have an affiliation with Microsoft, malware experts quickly determined this claim to be fraudulent, and recommend removing Antivirus 8, like any scamware, as a potential security risk to your PC. Since many types of scamware use Trojan installers with other attack functions, Antivirus 8′s removal should be handled by legitimate anti-malware products whenever possible.

Antivirus 8: the Logical Continuation of Scamware


Although fraudulent security software is a reasonably profitable industry for numerous persons, these scamware ‘products’ also necessitate continual updates to confuse and trick new victims into paying for old misleading practices. In some cases, these updates are primarily aesthetic, as can be seen in samples of Antivirus 8, a clone of Antivirus 7 and AV7. Malware experts determined that the latter are, themselves, spinoffs of the Win32/FakeXPA family of rogue system scanners, with minimal changes. Fortunately, Antivirus 8 has not shown itself to have any functions for downloading other threatening software, which is a known feature of that family.

However, even when observed by itself, Antivirus 8 may endanger PC users by displaying fake threat alerts that contain inaccurate information.
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Antivirus 8′s pop-ups indicate that (randomly-chosen) files on your PC have been compromised, after which Antivirus 8 demands money in exchange for removing these infections. Antivirus 8′s alerts may include imitation system scans similar to those of real anti-virus programs and may indicate the presence of high-level threats. Attempting to delete the ‘infected’ files indicated by Antivirus 8 may damage your system and is not recommended by malware experts.

Taking the Virus out of Your Supposed Anti-Virus


While not known for launching additional attacks that don’t directly involve displaying fake information, Antivirus 8 is part of the classification of threats that may be responsible for changing security settings, blocking software and installing other PC threats. As a result of these risks, malware researchers advise removing Antivirus 8 as soon as you’ve identified Antivirus 8, regardless of the nature of its installation. Most anti-malware products of competent origin should be more than capable of deleting Antivirus 8 without any significant issues.

Scamware profits primarily off of the uninformed natures of its victims. Always use reputable security programs to double-check the results of ones whose results you have any reason to doubt, and never give money to software products that have failed to prove their value. If it’s already past that point, you should consider contacting your credit card company or taking other steps that will let you prevent ill-minded persons from abusing any information that has been given to them under the misleading circumstances of an Antivirus 8-style hoax.

Antivirus 8 Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Antivirus 8? To safely & quickly detect Antivirus 8 we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.




Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %PROGRAMFILES%\ AV8\ av8.exe 16
    2 %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\AV8 300
Posted: September 23, 2010 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Detection Count: 176

14 Comments

  • ian says:

    antivirus 8 has taken over my computor i cant get into any programs at all what can i do im desperate
    thks
    ian

  • Lomgbow says:

    Hi Guys
    please confrim that Antivrus 8 is infact is a Virus itself and if it appears on your note book demnd 75 dollars to update I should not pay for this?
    Please adivise what I should do next , I am on a sinple user with linited PC experience.for
    Longbow

  • userguy says:

    so i safemode and scan with norton 360 then delete antivirus file so should it be fine now?

  • sandy says:

    I want antiviur 8 to be gone , how do I get rid of it without paying for it because it really dirups my life and can’t access any thing because my internet exlpore is in emergency safe mode. I am ready to just pull out my hair over this Help please

  • Joris says:

    Took me at least 5min of my time… These people who create such programs really are NO-LIVERS! THanx for the instructions

  • debbie says:

    I WANT THIS CRAP OFF MY COMPUTER RIGHT NOW. THIS IS AWFUL. IT IS TRYING TO TAKE CONTROL OF MY PC!! GET IT OFF NOW~!!!!!!

  • Rick Silverston says:

    Help!!!!! AV8 has taken over control of my desktop. It stops all downloads and access to the internet. I had to disconnect the desktop from the network because AV8 was trying to take over my laptop too.
    What can you suggest for me to try to remove AV8 from my desktop running XP Pro. If I can get removal software on a disc will it work. What can I do. Frantic!! Thanks

  • i want to remove antivirus8 says:

    I WANT TO REMOVE ANTIVIRUS8

  • norwo4 says:

    remove antivirus8

  • i want this james says:

    IT TRYS TO TAKE OVER MY PC

  • Lee says:

    Worked well, Windows XP. Excellent information saved me a lot of hair pulling and frustration.

  • dustin says:

    I\’ve tried all of the commands above, and a Geek squad member\’s advice to run in safe mode and disable the virus… both were unsuccessful. I wonder if these strategies are for an older operating system… I\’m using WIndows 7.

  • jenny says:

    Great information, thanks for providing such useful informative blog.

  • Harminder singh says:

    Hi I got a AV8 antivirous in my pc system suddnely but I don’t want to instal this antivirous but they are still demanding the money from me to uninstall this virous. So pls help me that how can I remove it
    pls reply me as soon as well.
    Thank you.

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