Shut down XP Antispyware 2010 and avoid AntiMalware Pro

get rid of XP Antispyware and antimalware pro
get rid of XP Antispyware and antimalware pro

If you're the one in your family with the computer know-how, relatives may call on you as a sort of personal Geek Squad. So it was with my father-in-law, deeply troubled last week in the face of a spirited badware attack. Many of us have been asked to spend an afternoon cleaning spyware off the parents' or grandparents' family computer, and know a little judicious application of Avast!'s free active defense and the classic Spybot usually does the trick and doesn't fail to impress.

Not so, however, with the beastie I tried to outwit for half a Saturday recently. It's important you be aware of this one, too, as it's still infecting machines.

XP Antispyware 2010 has been around a couple of years under a range of disguises. Its origins areUkranian. In the space of about a year scammers in the U.S. bilked more than a million consumers into buying XP Antispyware, one of its variants or a similar bogus spyware cleanser, according to the FTC, which asked a local court to halt advertising campaigns via Google ads and elsewhere.

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