A colleague brought his XP-based laptop into the office today. Through a quirk of fate, Antivirus 2009 had managed to install itself. It’s a pretty swish looking piece of malware that looks very much like leading anti-virus programs, even giving you the feel-good factor that it has found infected files and has cleaned them for you. It is, of course, a confidence trick, smoke and mirrors.
It’s most likely to have come from the same stable as WinAntivirus did, as noted here.
I’m repeating myself, however my advice is simple: if a web page pops up a dialog box telling you that your computer is infected and offers a free clean-up, ignore it. Never install software that offers itself via a web page pop-up, go to a reputable download site (ideally a vendor site) and download from there.
Or, if you are in any doubt, use a search engine to get some more information. Here’s what Google returns for Antivirus 2009 and here’s what Live Search returns. These result should be the first clue that Antivirus 2009 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.