Windows XP Fix

Windows XP Fix is yet another fake security application that was developed primarily to generate fake scan results in order to mislead its victims. Windows XP Fix virus can be acquired by visiting maliciously-designed web sites or pages that are contracted with a Trojan. These sites will employ a drive-by-download method and execute a script to automatically infect visitors computer. Once Windows XP Fix is dropped and installed, a bunch of fake alerts and security messages will show up on the scree stating that the system is heavily infected. An attempt to sell the fake AV is push through by means of a fake removal tool.

Any attempt to get rid of fabricated threats will direct users to payment processing web site. Credit card information will be asked and if given, information will be used for other online fraudulent transactions. The only way to eliminate threats on the PC including Windows XP Fix virus is to scan thoroughly with an effective and legitimate anti-malwareapplication. It is also best to scan all files while Windows is in Safe Mode. Follow carefully the removal procedures below to successfully take out Windows XP Fix.

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Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows

Technical Details and Additional Information:

Malicious Files Added by Widows XP Fix:
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~(random)
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~(random)r
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\(random).dll
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\(random).exe
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\(random)
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\(random).exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows XP Fix.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows XP Fix\
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows XP Fix\Uninstall Windows XP Fix.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows XP Fix\Windows XP Fix.lnk

Widows XP Fix Registry Entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random].exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]”

How to Remove Windows XP Fix

Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.

Step 1 : Scan the computer with recommended removal tool

1 First thing you should do is reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid Windows XP Fix from loading at start-up.

NOTE: You will need to PRINT or BOOKMARK this procedure, as we have to restart the computer during the removal process.

Remove all media such as Memory Card, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer and please do the following:

Boot in Safe Mode on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 system
a Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
b It will display the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode.

Start computer in Safe Mode using Windows 8 and Windows 10
a Close any running programs on your computer.
b Get ready to Start Windows. On your keyboard, Press and Hold Shift key and then, click on Restart button.
c It will prompt you with options, please click on Troubleshoot icon.
d Under Troubleshoot window, select Advanced Options.
e On next window, click on Startup Settings icon.
f Lastly, click on Restart button on subsequent window.
g When Windows restarts, present startup options with numbers 1 - 9. Select "Enable Safe Mode with Networking" or number 5.

Startup Options

h Windows will now boot on Safe Mode with Networking. Proceed with virus scan as the next step.

2 Download our malware removal tool and save it on your Desktop or any location on your PC.

Download Tool

3 Click on the button to start downloading our recommended anti-virus tool. Save it to an accessible location inside your hard drive or clean USB drive if you are downloading from a different PC.

4 When finished downloading, locate and double-click the file to install the application. Windows' User Account Control will prompt at this point, please click Yes to continue installing the program.

5 Follow the prompts and install as 'default' only. There are no changes needed during the installation process.

6 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will launch for the first time. It is necessary to proceed with software update.

7 After downloading updates, please click on Scan Now button.

8 The tool willl run Threat Scan to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of Windows XP Fix and other forms of threats.

MBAM Scan

9 Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and click on Quarantine Selected.

10 If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows.

Step 2 : Ensure that no more files of Windows XP Fix are left inside the computer

11 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. Save it to your desktop or any location of your choice.

NPE Download

12 After downloading, navigate its location and double-click on the NPE.exe file to launch the program.

13 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept to proceed.

14 On NPE main window, click on Advanced Scans. We will attempt to remove "Windows XP Fix" by thoroughly scanning your current operating system.

Advance Scan

15 On next window, click System Scan to perform standard scan on your computer.

Scan the System

16 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like Windows XP Fix. This may take some time, depending on the number of files currently stored on the computer.

17 When scan is complete. All detected risks are listed. Click on Fix Now to remove Windows XP Fix and other known threats. Then, restart Windows if necessary.

Step 3 : Remove the Rootkit Trojan that installs Windows XP Fix

Rootkit Remover is a stand-alone utility developed by McAfee. It can be used to detect and remove rootkit Trojan that is associated with Windows XP Fix. This tool can detect rootkit that is part of ZeroAccess, Necurs, and TDSS family.

18 Download Rootkit Remover and save it to your desktop or any accessible location. Click the button below to begin the download.

click to download

19 Locate the file rootkitremover.exe and double-click to run the program.

20 When User Account Control prompts if you want to allow the program to make changes on the computer, please click Yes.

Rootkit Remover Scan

21 Rootkit Remover instantly scans the computer and look for presence of Trojans, viruses, and rootkit that is related to Windows XP Fix .

22 Once it finishes scanning the computer, the tool will require you to restart Windows.

Alternative Removal Procedures for Windows XP Fix

Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, Windows XP Fix drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.

To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.

Access System Restore on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

a Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files field, type rstrui.
b Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.

rstrui-win7

c Windows will display list of saved restore points. Select the most recent one to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.
d It may take some time to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.

Open System Restore on Windows 8 and Windows 10

a For Windows 8 user, go to Start Search, while on Windows 10, use the Start Menu Search and type rstrui.
b Click on the located program to open System Restore window.

rstrui-win8

c Windows will display list of saved restore points if it is active. Select the most recent one to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.
d It may take a while to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.

If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore.

Troubleshooting Guides

Did Windows XP Fix blocks your Internet access?

It is usual that rogue program prevents user from downloading removal tools from the Internet. Thus, infected computer may be denied to access the Internet by making changes to computer's proxy, DNS, and Hosts file. To solve Internet connection problem, please see our guide in fixing a virus-blocked Internet access. Also, make sure that your Windows Host File is free from any malicious entries. View steps in cleaning Windows host file.

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About Marco Mathew

Marco Mathew works as Windows Network administrator before establishing precisesecurity.com. Now, Marco is dedicating full-time to help computer users' fight viruses, malware, trojan, worms, adware, and potentially unwanted programs.

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