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. 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.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Antivirus 8 may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
File System Modifications
The following files were created in the system:
%PROGRAMFILES%\AV8\av8.exeFile name: av8.exe
Size: 1.53 MB (1534464 bytes)
Detection count: 108
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: September 29, 2010
The following newly produced Registry Values are: