Update: Monday March 16
Conservative Paranoia Disclaimer:
Judging from some the comments I’ve received on this post, I have to wonder about the issue of political paranoia. Do my fellow conservative bloggers actually believe that I copied this post from somewhere else and posted on my site because I’m gullible??? No. This virus attack happened to me. This was my original post. I posted my experiences as a service to all.
I happen to be one of Glenn Beck’s biggest fans, and I fully intend to help promote The 912 Project and web site as soon as I’m sure it is up and running and free from virus attacks.
In the mean time, be assured that Anti-Virus – Number 1is alive and well and lurking somewhere out there in surf land just waiting to invade your computer.
Original post starts here:
The overwhelming response to Glenn Beck’s “We Surround Them,” The 912 Project Special, which aired Friday March 13, crashed their servers. This morning I decided to Google The 912 Project to see if the servers were back up.
BIG, BIG, BIG MISTAKE!
As soon as I clicked on the link to The 912 Project, a virus alert popped up on my computer from Anti-Virus – Number 1.
It looked just like my usual virus alert. But this nasty Trojan IS cleverly disguised as a virus alert.
Then a Windows alert popped up. It looked just like my Windows manager. These things kept popping up constantly – about every 30 seconds.
The Anti-Virus – Number 1 had insinuated itself into my computer without me even clicking anything (except the link to The 912 Project site) to open it in the first place.
I did a Google search for Anti-Virus – Number 1 and discovered that it is a nasty Trojan that attaches to your computer while you are doing a search; Usually when you are searching a very popular site because it spreads from other computers searching that site.
This virus escaped the notice of my firewall and my virus detection (shame on Norton 360).
Here’s what Anti-Virus Number 1 is
Anti-Virus-1 is a rogue anti-spyware program similar to Antivirus2010. Anti-Virus-1 was created to trick you into believing your computer is infected with spyware to then offer Anti-Virus-1's full version to remove the supposed threats. Anti-Virus-1 may enter your computer system with the help of Trojans (such as Zlob or Vundo). Once the Trojan is installed, you'll receive numerous popups and fake system alert notifications informing you about imaginary infections. In addition, Anti-Virus-1 is able to perform a fake system scan and generate a list of spyware as a result. Anti-Virus-1 will use all its fraudulent mechanisms to finally redirect you to a malicious website that sells Anti-Virus-1 as a legitimate spyware remover.
They also have detailed removal instructions here.
After searching Google I found several folks that recommended the free download Malware detection program called Malwarbytes.
I downloaded it and did a quick scan. But the quick scan didn’t find Anti-Virus – Number 1. Then I did a complete scan which took over 2.5 hours to complete.
It eventually found it and I was able to remove Anti-Virus – Number 1.
Save yourself a wasted day of grief and wait a while before visiting The 912 Project.