Windows Antivirus 2008 Removal Guide

Do you know what Windows Antivirus 2008 is?

Windows Antivirus 2008 or Windows Antivirus2008, is a rogue anti-spyware program that uses its common name to trick computer users into thinking that it is a legitimate anti-spyware or anti-virus application. Windows Antivirus 2008 is a clone of Antivirus2008 which shares the same malicious actions of deviation.

We have noticed that if you have Windows Antivirus 2008 installed it will bombard you with popups and alert messages that say you have an infection. In some cases Windows Antivirus 2008 will prompt you to purchase the full Windows Antivirus 2008 version to remove the infections that it supposedly found.

In non-techie terms: Windows Antivirus 2008 is not much different from other rogue anti-spyware programs running lose on the internet. They all have a goal of extorting money from you in return for a bogus program. Windows Antivirus 2008's name is very close to Norton Antivirus2008 which is a legitimate program. Do not get the two confused, Windows Antivirus 2008 is the fake program and Norton Antivirus2008 is an actual antivirus removal application. You should not download or purchase Windows Antivirus 2008 under any circumstances.

Aliases: Windows Antivirus 2008, Windows Antivirus2008, Antivirus 2008, Antivirus2008
Known on the Web as: FraudTool.Win32.AntiVirus2008.j (Kaspersky), Downloader.MisleadApp (Symantec), Win32/SillyDl.EMX (CA AV), Antivirus2008, Rogue.Antivirus2008.

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  • Valerie

    Ran the Antivirus 2008 Removal Instructions twice. Both times it skipped items 6 and 7 and DID NOT remove the spyware

  • luke

    thanks for the help in getting rid of that horrible virus it took less than ten mins and worked fine.
    only question is how can I tell if all of it has gone ie the keystroke log?


  • Dave

    Thanks for this. Eventually tracked down all the files to remove although the filenames on my machine were different to those in this article:


    As per one of the previous comments, my screensaver & desktop theme were affected. Am left without the Windows option for screensaver now, but frankly a minor issue to sort out some time later...........

    Interestingly neither Windows Defender nor MacAfee were able to remove this completely.

    Now to make sure my daughter doesn't click those urls again!

  • Pupa

    There are lots of bullshits on internet, how remove this officious Antivirus 2008 virus… but the truth is: they DON”T work!!!! I tried everything, all tools were recommended, but NO one of them worked…. (Spyware Doctor was worst, made computer slower and didn’t detect anything!)

    Antivirus 2008 isn’t so easy to find, It’s hide itself under normal windows files and processes names!!!!

    But only one program which helped so much was a-squared HiJackFree.

    In ActiveX tab I found these horrible Rogue viruses, they were marked red and I just unistalled it (but you must be careful, not to delete Windows components, first make google search before deleting something…)
    a-squared HiJackFree is wonderful tool!!!!

    Good luck for all! :-)
    Pupa from Germany