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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

AVAntispyware

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:AVAntispyware
Technical name:Adware/AVAntispyware
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. In order to eliminate them, they are enticed to purchase a certain program. It can be downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:April 20, 2009
Detection updated on:Jan. 13, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

AVAntispyware is an adware program that deceives users warning them of unexisting threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

AVAntispyware can be voluntarily downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Visible Symptoms 

    

AVAntispyware is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • When it is run, it starts scanning the computer in search for possible malware:

  • Once finished, it displays a warning message that indicates the computer is infected: