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ibbill
November 30th, 2008, 06:15 PM
Just clicked on a site to send to my daughter on how to do a system restore xp.

Here is a screen shot also I clicked cancel and the red x not sure that this has affected my ubuntu 8.10 has anyone else have this happen. Its called Antivirus 2009.

howefield
November 30th, 2008, 06:17 PM
Can't see your screenshot ?

FreewheelinFrank
November 30th, 2008, 06:17 PM
I can't see any screenshot???

ibbill
November 30th, 2008, 06:21 PM
Can't see your screenshot ?

Sorry thought it downloaded it wont down load???????????

redseventyseven
November 30th, 2008, 06:23 PM
Antivirus 2009 sounds like a piece of bogus software. It pretends to remove malware but in fact does the opposite. For reference:

http://windowssecrets.com/2008/09/04/02-Dont-fall-for-bogus-antivirus-downloads

PS - I can't see your screenshot either - care to try again?

Edit: further info:
http://destroyspyware.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/antivirus-2009-antivirus2009-removal/

Also, when clicking on Cancel buttons or "red X's", be very careful to ensure that they're genuine buttons and not a part of some pop-up window ad.

gjoellee
November 30th, 2008, 06:24 PM
do not install that antivirus!

linuxguymarshall
November 30th, 2008, 06:26 PM
I am going to say that anti-virus is one of the few times you should listen to Micro$oft. If Microsoft does not have it listed on their site as good anti-virus (With the exception of AVG, Avast!, and ClamWin) then that "anti-virus" is indeed a virus.

ibbill
November 30th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Antivirus 2009 sounds like a piece of bogus software. It pretends to remove malware but in fact does the opposite. For reference:

http://windowssecrets.com/2008/09/04/02-Dont-fall-for-bogus-antivirus-downloads

PS - I can't see your screenshot either - care to try again?

trying again lol

Tom--d
November 30th, 2008, 06:29 PM
Its for Windows.. It will not effect Ubuntu AT ALL. Don't worry :)

gjoellee
November 30th, 2008, 06:30 PM
FACTS:
-Once installed it is just not only to remove it
-Gives you trojans
-It will always tell you that your system is infected, which it is if you have Antivirus 2009
-Entering the website where you download this may give you virus!
-It will redirect you from the a website you went on, and over to a spam website
-You will get spywware. Most spyware is noticed by pop-up windows with spam/porn on them opens even when the computer is not in use....
-And a lot more negative stuff!

linuxguymarshall
November 30th, 2008, 06:30 PM
Oooh I love that program! Makes me so much money doing tech support to remove it!!!!!

In other words you have just been infected with a hell of a virus.

ibbill
November 30th, 2008, 06:31 PM
I know from removing this from other computers on how bad it is. Just was shocked that it would show up on ubuntu 8.10. Was wondering if anyone else ever had this happen?

Thanks for all your input and help.

FreewheelinFrank
November 30th, 2008, 06:36 PM
It's a scam. The scanner is not really running on Ubuntu- it's just a trick.

The 'scan' is only a web page- the page will tell you you have numerous infections, even though they are Windows viruses and couldn't possible be running on Ubuntu.

ibbill
November 30th, 2008, 06:39 PM
okay thanks was amazed to see it pop up on ubuntu. Knowing how bad it is for windows users:)

Thanks Bill

PocketDog
November 30th, 2008, 06:41 PM
It isn't 'in' 8.10, at the very most it will download to your desktop and sit there, inert, forever. If you were using Windows on the other hand, it's a different story. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/22/anatomy_of_a_hack/ That's a very interesting examination of an earlier version of the malware, take a read and chuckle to yourself. Note, though, that even in Vista a user would have to manually allow the program to run for it to do anything. Unless they'd disabled UAC. In which case they'd deserve everything they'd get.

redseventyseven
November 30th, 2008, 06:43 PM
I know from removing this from other computers on how bad it is. Just was shocked that it would show up on ubuntu 8.10. Was wondering if anyone else ever had this happen?

Thanks for all your input and help.

I don't think you've got anything to worry about. That's a screenshot from the program, on a website which is separate from your computer. The picture will show up regardless of what computer or operating system you use. It's only when the program is installed that it becomes a problem - and you can't do that on linux (well, technically you probably can using wine, but you'd have to be really determined to do so - you wouldn't be able to install it by accident).

stormtrooprdave
November 30th, 2008, 06:48 PM
My dad got infected with antivirus2009, hes the kind of person who clicks yes to everything that pops up on the internet, had a hell of a time getting rid of it

buckeyered80
December 1st, 2008, 01:10 AM
Yes, this one won't affect Ubuntu. I have XP running through virtual box and that same thing happened to me on my XP box. And it wreaks a little havoc on XP, but it won't do anything to Ubuntu. It can't install on Ubuntu. Good luck!