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Thread: Vista Antivirus 2012 - WTF?!?
Jun 12th, 2011, 6:51 PM #1
Vista Antivirus 2012 - WTF?!?
Has anybody heard of this "Vista Antivirus 2012" program before? I didn't know about it, or that it was on my computer until it completely hijacked my computer and refused to let anything else really work.
I have a few months left on my McAffee subscription (I've always thought McAffee was a great antivirus/firewall program), so when this other Vista AntiV program started bombarding me with Virus Infection warnings I was really confused. This program blocked all internet access (except for my Gmail for some strange reason) and all options and "scan now" buttons redirected to a screen trying to get me to buy a subscription to this program. I figured it was a virus of sorts, so I ran some big-ass scans with McAffee, hours later not a single report of a Virus came back, so I was confused as hell...
Contemplating reformating my computer, I finally desided to look for contact info or something for this Vista Shit Program. The email to the company and their response to me is as follows:
Originally Posted by My Email to this stupid program's company
Originally Posted by Their Response to me
Has anybody else had issues with this program, or have heard of this happening to somebody else?
Also, does anybody have any suggestions for the best AntiV/Firewall program to get? My McAffee is up in a few months, and although I think it works good I'm always up for hearing suggestions.
Jun 12th, 2011, 6:57 PM #2
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Do not buy it...
6 days and it is gone?
I call bullshit.
I'd do some file by file scanning if I were you... An intensive pain in the ass to be sure but afterwards YOU can be sure.
one google link to the virus of your boggle.
Looks legit.. has decent easy instructions... Would now recommend checking it out.Jim Crow America relegated Blacks to the back of buses. Israel wants Arabs excluded from the bus entirely.
Jun 12th, 2011, 7:04 PM #3
I would also use trend micro house call scanner and see what it says. Your email probably was used to spam the world.
Jun 12th, 2011, 9:07 PM #4
I'd pay a visit to bleepingcomputer.com well worth a look my friend, they have got rid of every virus i've ever had there.
Even down to writing code to get rid of a trojan, and telling me how to put it on an external drive and run my computer from the drive to deal with the virus
Last edited by Vuall; Jun 12th, 2011 at 9:09 PM. Reason: spelling
Jun 14th, 2011, 3:11 PM #5
Thanks for the suggestions, guys. First chance I get I'll go look at those links and see if the program is actually gone or not.
I knew from the moment I saw this bullshit that it was something strange, and not just a normal Antivirus program that was laying dormant on my system. That's why I was considering just reformatting the computer.
The 6 day thing is really weird, but jumping my clock ahead a week actually worked, the program stopped it's hostile take over and everything went back to normal.
I wonder how many people fall for this scam though.
Jun 14th, 2011, 3:16 PM #6
Plenty do. Or they get the "Download X and we'll scan for you and blah" all the time. I've taught my family NOT to d/l any thing unless they specifically clicked on some thing to d/l. But even then not every one gets it.
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Jun 14th, 2011, 6:48 PM #7
Holy fuck in a basket full of babies. I do not know what you got yourself into, but this certainly isn't good. It can be solved, though.
This "Vista" scanner is obviously bollocks. By emailing the company you may have actually opened yourself up to some serious spam. The company is probably bollocks. You were infected by one of their advertisers that they banned? Seriously?
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You don't necessarily have to reformat. That's a last effort. But, if you don't mind reformatting then I say do it to be safe. If you'd like to avoid reformatting I suggest you go through and read the info on the other threads in this forum, even the Tips forum.
Download REVO and uninstall everything on your computer you don't recognize, but certainly remove McAfee. It's probably the worst on the market these days. Just yank everything installed you don't recognize. (Even if you recognize them, uninstall EVERY toolbar.) After McAfee is uninstalled, download Avast and Malwarebytes.
Run boot scans.
From here there could be other issues, but hopefully not. Start simply: get rid of the shit.
Jun 14th, 2011, 7:31 PM #8
I got that virus twice in two weeks. I installed AVG free edition and it took care of it. However, you have to also use that in conjunction with closing the files manually that AVG won't catch by looking at your task manager and seeing what new apps run when it triggers. There were several variants which I don't even recall what clever filenames they were. I hate it that there is no one who can do justice to these companies.
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