How to remove "Animalware" maleware.
Posted on 2006-04-17
Hi everybody. My friend has an icon in the lower right icon tray. About every three minutes it pops up. It flashes between a handycapped symbol and a prohibited symbol with a popup that states "Critical System Error! System detected virus activities. They may cause critical system failure. Please use animalware software to clean and protect your system from parasite programs. Click here to get all available software."
I've cleaned many systems of spyware, but this one has me stumped. I've looked at running processes and it doesn't show up. There's nothing in the Startup folder. I looked in the registry, and there's nothing for it in the RUN area.
I ran Spybot, Ad-Aware and Microsoft Anti Spyware with nothing found. I tried starting in Safe Mode, and the icon still shows up. I Googled Animalware but only found one person with the same problem and it didn't have a resolution.
Does anybody have an idea on how I can proceed with this problem? It's XP Professional + SP2. For anti-virus it's running McAfee 8.0, fully updated.