Dealing With the “AntiVirus2009” Virus

From the Symantec website:

"AntiVirus2009 is a misleading application that may give exaggerated reports of threats on the computer."

AntiVirus2009 can affect any version of Windows and disguise itself as a virus-scanning program to try to get you to agree to install other misleading applications such as "XpSecurityCenter." We have seen a wave of infected machines come across our support desk and many of these callers are knowledgeable computer users that were honestly tricked by the virus' attempt at installing it's own components.

Luckily, Symantec has published the removal instructions for those who are using their anti-virus product (most users are, consult your respective software manufacturer for similar instructions). Use the link above to see the technical notes regarding what AntiVirus2009 does to your computer and how to remove it.

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc. providing IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.