Installed by a Trojan, Antivirus PC 2009 runs a full security scan that reports standard infections – while the virus database may be real; the results are the same no matter which computer they are run on. The goal of the program, from its design to security seals is to encourage the user to enter their personal financial information. Be wary of landing page sites such as AntiVirusPC-Update.com which serve as distribution points for the software, as well as any unknown emails which promise to deliver certain types of results to protect your machine.
With graphics to mirror internal security programs within Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, Antivirus PC 2009′s false security scan mirrors the findings one might see in a legitimate program. In fact, the program actually installs these false threats before finding them – therefore, the security readings are entirely designed to lull the ready into upgrading the program through a credit card.
Designed to steal user data, Antivirus PC 2009 is designed to collect credit data. The message “Protection Level: Low” and “Activate Now!” are designed to encourage users to enter private data. Ignore these messages and instead take steps to kill the multiple processes run by the program, proceeding to remove the files, directories, registry keys and DLL files associated with the software. However, if you are uncomfortable with manually removing this rogue program, you can use a spyware remover program. A spyware remover program will detect and remove Antivirus PC 2009 off your system. Just make sure to update the threat database of the spyware remover program before performing the scan. An added benefit of using a spyware remover program is that it functions as a spyware blocker against future threats.
Do not wait for your system to be further compromised, Remove Antivirus PC 2009 Now! Once your computer is infected with this spyware it is crucial to remove it as soon as possible.
Peter Herme is a computer system administrator with over 20 years of experience. His website is constantly updated with tips on preventing and removing the latest spyware threats.