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.
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.
Download SpyHunter's* Malware Scanner to detect Antivirus 8 What happens if Antivirus 8 does not let you open SpyHunter or blocks the Internet?
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 SpywareRemove
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