The following Windows Antivirus 2008 symptoms occur:
Windows Antivirus 2008 displays a fake system alert similar to a Windows notification message.
A red or green flashing icon appears in your system tray. If you click on the icon, a fake system alert pops up and directs you to a rogue website similar to safetyuptodate.com. In some cases, even when you don’t click on the icon the fake system alert may still pop up.
The fake system alert promises to give you a legitimate anti-spyware program that will help you fix spyware problems, but instead it really reports false information to try to trick you into purchasing the program.
Windows Antivirus 2008 hijacks or modifies your homepage and displays new desktop shortcuts.
Windows Antivirus 2008 changes your default homepage to a different homepage and creates new unnecessary shortcuts on your desktop. Sometimes Windows Antivirus 2008 won’t even allow you to change it back to your original homepage. A website you may be redirected to is Windows Antivirus 2008.com or other rogue websites that promote Windows Antivirus 2008.
Windows Antivirus 2008 installs a rogue toolbar called Security Toolbar 7.1.
Security toolbar 7.1 is a rogue toolbar that comes with two green bars, one that says “block adware” and the other “remove spyware”. If you click on either of them you’re directed to a rogue anti-spyware site which can install additional malware.
- Windows Antivirus 2008 bombards your PC with fake Windows warnings messages.
Even after you’ve closed all the Windows Antivirus 2008 messages or your PC has been idle for awhile, you’ll still get constant alert popups appearing on your system tray or on your screen