Under Attack by a virus called XP ANTIVIRUS 2008 (How I got rid of it)

While surfing a webpage, all of a sudden, my firewall automatically turned off, and my wallpaper suddenly changed to a picture displaying “your computer has been infected by ‘so and so’ virus.”

I tried to revert back to my old wallpaper, but that option wasn’t available to me.

I tried to google my problem but I couldn’t get anywhere. I was instead forwarded  to random websites (browser hijacks???).

My reaction was, “oh shit, what now…

Next, a box popped up on the screen, prompting me to install something called “XP Antivirus 2008”. I was then brought to the “Terms & Conditions” box, where you are usually able to click “Agree” or “Don’t Agree”. The catch is, this time, there’s only the “Agree” button. On top of that, I can’t even click the “X” button on the box.

I then bothered to read the so called “Terms and Conditions” and there were things that I have never even heard of.

Lucky I had a backup computer. I used that to try scouting for some solutions from the web.

Yes folks, it’s a VIRUS.

Fortunately, I managed to get rid of the bloody thing out of my system.

I can’t cater this to your specific situation, but in my case, I got rid of the “XP Antivirus 2008” Virus by using a program called “Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware”. I downloaded it from CNET’s download website here.


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This blog is about the journey of a 28-year-old Malaysian towards financial freedom. This blog was started back when the blogger was 21 years old. However, his journey towards financial freedom had begun way before that. Materials such as investing, business, entrepreneurship, equities, and real estate are presented. The author also posts his thoughts and observations on life in general.


  1. Ahmad Nasri says:

    At least it went alright. Was your Zone Alarm alright? Did it just turn off then? I recommend getting a newer protection then. Lol.

  2. I was not using Zone Alarm. Guna Windows Firewall. Automatically tutup sendiri.

    Bengang giler siot.

  3. you don’t have any antivirus installed before you installed Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware? If got, you should check your antivirus program why it not do something when being attacked.

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