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I had to do a systems restore due to a virus called antivirus xp 2008. Now Microsoft wants my product code and I cannot find it as I purchased it in 2004. How can I keep this virus out and how do I get the code?

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That virus gets loaded on to systems from email attachments, and links to pages in bogus emails. I've just gone through cleaning it off 6 machines where I work (yes, it can be cleaned, but it's a long process). This process was tested in my lab network, and I found it in 6 different emails. One looked like an alert from CNN, another looked like it was from an MSNBC breaking alert. Both of these were bogus emails, but the carrier method was the same "click here to read it..." Once you click it, the infection happens.
So to keep it off, be very careful about what you open in your email. This kind of transport has been happening for some time now. It started on the bogus ecard notices that were going around about a year ago.

As for the key code, did Windows come preloaded on the machine? If so, there should be a little sticker on the outside of the case that has your product key (It's on a little sticker that says Microsoft).
If it was an upgrade from an earlier version, the keycode will be on the package that the Windows disk came in.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008

Why do you need the code ??
Presumably you have reformatted, or have re-installed windowz..

Application called SPYHUNTER 3 will find and remove this little devil.
CA Security Centre (Covers Viral and Spyware) - will also help out on this.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008

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