Antivirus 2009 Fail – A Good Reason to Use Linux


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Can you spot anything wrong in this picture? It probably won’t be what most of you will think right away.

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Now, if you “got it”, do you really need another reason to switch?

[Via Digg]





45 Responses to Antivirus 2009 Fail – A Good Reason to Use Linux

  1. Wonder what will happen when you click on "Remove All"? :D

    Bet it asks for a credit card number where it can charge you for "cleaning" your PC. Another piece of "scare-ware" I imagine.

    Also judging by the screenshot, this Antivirus 2009 seems to be platform-independent eh? So since this thing will also pop up in a flavour of Ubuntu, why are you asking people to switch to it? I think that educating the masses on awareness of such malicious and rogue programs is much better than simply asking them to switch to another OS.

    • Nothing will happen… :)

      And nope, AV 2009 is NOT cross platform.. in this case, the window poped up, but it couldn't do a thing to the system.. The same would have happened on OSX

      • Yup, it won't do anything, but I'm guessing it will ask you to pay for their "cleaning". More of a scam than anything.

        So switching to Ubuntu won't do anything really, which is why I think the post seems to be missing the point.

        • Mart, please repeat after me.. I am a moron.

          1- Linux don't get viruses..

          2- The Guy in the Screenshot is running Ubuntu, as seen with the logo on the top right section of the screenshot

          3- The Popup is for a Windows Security Alert.

          4- If you are running Ubuntu and think a fake WINDOWS SECURITY ALERT popup will afect you, you are a moron.

          'nuff said. I think Kiltak's point is good enough.. I've made the switch a long time ago

        • Oh c'mon, let's not resort to petty name-calling here. I'm not sure if I stated my point correctly enough.

          My point isn't about which OS is better. It's that if a user thinks that simply by switching OS, he won't get conned or scammed, then I think the mentality there is wrong.

          Obviously, I know how what the screenshot is: a "Windows Security Alert" on Ubuntu. It's absurd to us, but to mere mortals who don't understand, it is terrifying. This obviously isn't a virus or malware or anything. This is a pure scam bait, trying to con users out of money. A simple scare tactic.

          This "pop up" obviously originated from the webpage, rendered to look like a Windows dialog, simply to target the largest userbase. But normal users won't understand that. Thus, I just think that educating users on such matters like viruses, malware, trojans, or scams like this, is more important than simply telling them to make a switch.

          I'm sure it is obvious to a Linux guru like you, but the masses? I prefer to educate them, such as my family members, on such dangers instead of simply saying "Just make a switch!".

        • Hey Mart,

          Yeah, it's a piece of malware that tried to get in the system…the infection attempts from AV 2009 are always accompanied by these popups…

    • AntiVirus2009 is a piece of evil malware that is a plague for many, many unsuspecting Windows users..

      It’s also a pain in the butt to remove…however, there’s a few good products out there that do it quite effectively.

      • Care to share what those are, because, i’ve used everything, and up until about three days ago everythign i know worked, but now, they only remove most of the issues.

        • Try this product.. it worked well for me..

          http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

          You don't have to purchase it.. just get the free version.

          I only used it to remove this specific products.. most other products I used failed.. after cleaning your system, you might want to scan it with a few anti-spyware solution.. such as spybot search and destroy.

        • Yeah malwarebytes installed from safemode will get you up and running. Then Spybot to clean up the mess.
          I just had to get this off a computer last week. It was well and truly hosed, couldn’t even boot into safemode. They insisted I save the computer and not just back up there stuff and reinstall.
          I wish I would have known about malwarebytes from the beginning. Now I’ve got a stack useless livecds and removal guide printouts.

    • AntiVirus2009 is a piece of evil malware that is a plague for many, many unsuspecting Windows users..

      It’s also a pain in the butt to remove…however, there’s a few good products out there that do it quite effectively.

    • AntiVirus2009 is a piece of evil malware that is a plague for many, many unsuspecting Windows users..

      It's also a pain in the butt to remove…however, there's a few good products out there that do it quite effectively.

      • Care to share what those are, because, i've used everything, and up until about three days ago everythign i know worked, but now, they only remove most of the issues.

        • Try this product.. it worked well for me..

          http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

          You don't have to purchase it.. just get the free version.

          I only used it to remove this specific products.. most other products I used failed.. after cleaning your system, you might want to scan it with a few anti-spyware solution.. such as spybot search and destroy.

        • Yeah malwarebytes installed from safemode will get you up and running. Then Spybot to clean up the mess.

          I just had to get this off a computer last week. It was well and truly hosed, couldn't even boot into safemode. They insisted I save the computer and not just back up there stuff and reinstall.

          I wish I would have known about malwarebytes from the beginning. Now I've got a stack useless livecds and removal guide printouts.

  2. Wonder what will happen when you click on "Remove All"? :D

    Bet it asks for a credit card number where it can charge you for "cleaning" your PC. Another piece of "scare-ware" I imagine.

    Also judging by the screenshot, this Antivirus 2009 seems to be platform-independent eh? So since this thing will also pop up in a flavour of Ubuntu, why are you asking people to switch to it? I think that educating the masses on awareness of such malicious and rogue programs is much better than simply asking them to switch to another OS.

    • Nothing will happen… :)

      And nope, AV 2009 is NOT cross platform.. in this case, the window poped up, but it couldn’t do a thing to the system.. The same would have happened on OSX

      • Yup, it won’t do anything, but I’m guessing it will ask you to pay for their “cleaning”. More of a scam than anything.

        So switching to Ubuntu won’t do anything really, which is why I think the post seems to be missing the point.

        • Mart, please repeat after me.. I am a moron.

          1- Linux don’t get viruses..
          2- The Guy in the Screenshot is running Ubuntu, as seen with the logo on the top right section of the screenshot
          3- The Popup is for a Windows Security Alert.
          4- If you are running Ubuntu and think a fake WINDOWS SECURITY ALERT popup will afect you, you are a moron.

          ’nuff said. I think Kiltak’s point is good enough.. I’ve made the switch a long time ago

        • Oh c’mon, let’s not resort to petty name-calling here. I’m not sure if I stated my point correctly enough.

          My point isn’t about which OS is better. It’s that if a user thinks that simply by switching OS, he won’t get conned or scammed, then I think the mentality there is wrong.

          Obviously, I know how what the screenshot is: a “Windows Security Alert” on Ubuntu. It’s absurd to us, but to mere mortals who don’t understand, it is terrifying. This obviously isn’t a virus or malware or anything. This is a pure scam bait, trying to con users out of money. A simple scare tactic.

          This “pop up” obviously originated from the webpage, rendered to look like a Windows dialog, simply to target the largest userbase. But normal users won’t understand that. Thus, I just think that educating users on such matters like viruses, malware, trojans, or scams like this, is more important than simply telling them to make a switch.

          I’m sure it is obvious to a Linux guru like you, but the masses? I prefer to educate them, such as my family members, on such dangers instead of simply saying “Just make a switch!”.

        • Hey Mart,

          Yeah, it’s a piece of malware that tried to get in the system…the infection attempts from AV 2009 are always accompanied by these popups…

  3. So because a linux device gets the same spam as everyone else, THATS a reason to switch?

    I smell a Fanboy…

  4. I’m fairly certain that particular pop up window is a phising/scammy thing. I don’t know much about the technical side of things but that exact window with the exact same errors pops up now on then when you click on ads accidentally.

  5. My humble bet ( as some may have sensed but not expressed ) is that what is wrong with this picture is that

    Linux
    Does
    Not
    Have
    Viruses

    That just can’t happen guys(unless you are a real jerk using the OS with a perma-root login or some kind of similar behavior).

    That’s the reason to switch, that’s what’s wrong with this picture ;-)

  6. So because a linux device gets the same spam as everyone else, THATS a reason to switch?

    I smell a Fanboy…

  7. I'm fairly certain that particular pop up window is a phising/scammy thing. I don't know much about the technical side of things but that exact window with the exact same errors pops up now on then when you click on ads accidentally.

  8. My humble bet ( as some may have sensed but not expressed ) is that what is wrong with this picture is that

    Linux

    Does

    Not

    Have

    Viruses

    That just can't happen guys(unless you are a real jerk using the OS with a perma-root login or some kind of similar behavior).

    That's the reason to switch, that's what's wrong with this picture ;-)

  9. You can also use an abnormal theme (Classic, Royale, or a custom one), my friend got a virus that made his dekstop background have a fake HTML dialog that looked like Vista, but he used XP MCE with classic theme. ;)

    ~DtD

  10. You can also use an abnormal theme (Classic, Royale, or a custom one), my friend got a virus that made his dekstop background have a fake HTML dialog that looked like Vista, but he used XP MCE with classic theme. ;)

    ~DtD

  11. So instead of educating users properly about phishing and scareware scams, we should all just switch to Linux so that we can spot a fake windows warning?
    This post is not up to the usual GaS standards, guys.
    Yes, it’s a fake window from the web popping up on an Ubuntu machine. It would pop up on an Apple too, as well as ANY windows machine. A properly educated user could spot this, and probably would be avoiding the site in the first place.
    That’s one of the first things I do for users is switch to the classic layout, and use sites like this to teach them about scareware and such.
    Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater and go switching OSes just because the big bad website scared us.

    Oh, and a correction for the fanboys…
    Don’t tell me Linux doesn’t get viruses…
    Here’s a properly worded statement:
    Linux does not have the install base to make writing/distributing a virus and bypassing the inherent security features worthwhile. YET.

    There we are.

  12. So instead of educating users properly about phishing and scareware scams, we should all just switch to Linux so that we can spot a fake windows warning?

    This post is not up to the usual GaS standards, guys.

    Yes, it's a fake window from the web popping up on an Ubuntu machine. It would pop up on an Apple too, as well as ANY windows machine. A properly educated user could spot this, and probably would be avoiding the site in the first place.

    That's one of the first things I do for users is switch to the classic layout, and use sites like this to teach them about scareware and such.

    Let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater and go switching OSes just because the big bad website scared us.

    Oh, and a correction for the fanboys…

    Don't tell me Linux doesn't get viruses…

    Here's a properly worded statement:

    Linux does not have the install base to make writing/distributing a virus and bypassing the inherent security features worthwhile. YET.

    There we are.