If people knew how easy these were to make, they wouldn’t be so quick to take them so seriously.
I seem to have hit upon one of the deceptive tactics used by the scoundrels who write the rogue antivirus “scarewares” that bilk so many people out of their money. With one of these alert boxes, it’s a piece of cake to convince a computer user that their PC is infected and well on its way to running off to join a botnet.
Another thing I saw on YouTube is a video from Fireworks Tutorial that purportedly shows an really simple way to remove Antivirus 2009.
I’m not sure how truthful this video is. It claims that Antivirus 2009 operates by showing the user an exact copy of the Windows Security Center that is supposed to tell the user what antivirus software is handling the virus protection chores. In Antivirus 2009’s copy, the virus protection is “not found”.
You can’t pitch a program into the Recycle Bin that’s currently running. According to the video, Antivirus 2009 keeps itself from being recycled by keeping a simple, do-nothing process called “av2009.exe” going in the background. Find this process in Windows Task Manager and kill it, and you should be able to delete the program.
I don’t think it’s that simple.