The recent trend, no matter what "name" they're packaged under, are nearly all just variants of the same core crapware.
Internet Anti Virus Pro 2009
Anti Spyware 2009
Spyware Defender 2009 (?sp)
what have you...
Personally I've found a combination of the following to be quite effective in eliminating nearly each and every variant I've had come across the
* Right-click and Save-as to your root drive ("C:" typically)
- Reboot to Safe Mode (press and hold F8 upon startup to get to the Boot Menu)
- Login as Administrator
- Turn off any Anti Virus program that may be running in the background.
- Go to "My Computer" and open your root drive ("C:" typically)
- Locate the ComboFix program and open it.
- Run the program (click NO when prompted to install the System Recovery Console)
- Once you've gone through the various stages and are presented with the Report, close out of the program.
- Go to "My Computer" and again open your root drive ("C:")
- Locate Ccleaner and install the program. (remove the check to install Yahoo toolbar if you don't want it)
- Once installed, Open the program.
- Click on "Registry" in the upper left-hand corner.
- Click "Scan for issues" (lower right)
- Once it's finished scanning click "Fix Issues" (bottom right).
- Once that's done click "System Cleaner" in the upper left-hand corner.
- Click "Analyze" ( lower right) ( may take a while)
- When it's finished scanning click "Run Cleaner". (may take a while)
- Once it's done close out of the program.
- Go to "My Computer" and open your root drive ("C:")
- Open the Program Files folder and locate the folder named after whatever your problem child is. (Anti Spyware '09, etc.) Open it.
- Right-click and delete each and every file therein. Don't worry if it won't allow to delete them all. (access denied and all that...)
Restart your PC.
If you're still receiving the fake alerts and what not presented by these craptastic pieces of work, then restart back into Safe Mode, login as
Administrator and run the Smitfraudfix program.
Otherwise just run a full scan with the likes of Spybot S&D and AVG Anti Virus (or whatever you're using).
Run Ccleaner again using both the System Cleaner and Registry tools.
Restart you PC.
If you're still having issues then try running Malwarebytes Anti Malware and/or Super Antispyware, though It's been my experience that the previous
programs do the job just fine.
If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding the above processes, please don't hesitate to U2U me. I'll be happy to assist in any way possible.
Hope this helps.
p.s. You may receive some "Access Violation" alerts whilst running ComboFix, just "X" out of them. They're typically nothing more than the
program trying to restart various processes or files that have been either disabled or removed, much like the kicking and screaming tosser trying to
get back in the pub after having been thrown out.
[edit on 12-2-2009 by SkepticOverlord]