XP Antivirus Pro, XP AntiMalware 2010, Antispyware XP, XP Defense 2010 and XP Security 2010 may look like a legit security program created for Windows XP operating system. However, security experts already categorized these programs as rogue. The category includes any computer program that pretends to be useful, where in fact the sole purpose is to mislead users into paying for the full version of the software.
XP Antivirus Pro can trick users in so many ways. One of this is by producing virus scan results that shows manufactured presence of infection. An imaginary threat displayed after the virus scan of XP Antivirus Pro aims on deceiving users. To remind victim about security risks, this virus will constantly display numerous pop-up alerts. This action will lead user into purchasing of the registered version of XP Antivirus Pro.
For a number of occasions while this malware is still inside the computer, XP Antivirus Pro insists to register the product before it can remove any detected threats. In fact, you must eliminate the rogue program first by having a legit and effective solution. Continue browsing to lower part of this page for a recommended removal tool. Follow the procedure to remove XP Antivirus Pro and all of its associated files.
Technical Details and Additional Information:
Damage Level: Medium
Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
XP Antivirus Pro, XP AntiMalware 2010, Antispyware XP, XP Defense 2010 and XP Security 2010 are rogue programs. Unlike Trojans and viruses, rogue anti-virus program will not replicate on itself once loaded inside the PC. These unwanted application typically spreads over the Internet is several methods including fake online virus scanner, bogus multimedia web sites, file-sharing networks, shareware and cracked programs.
When the main executable file is launch, rogue anti-virus instantly alters system settings. Modifications to Internet browser may result to browser redirects that hijack any requested web addresses. Lastly, it will alter registry and create the following entry to run the program when Windows starts.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe” /START “%1” %*
XP Antivirus Pro Removal Procedures
Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.
NOTE: It is recommended to PRINT or BOOKMARK this instruction because we need to restart Windows during the virus removal process.
Step 1 : Uninstall XP Antivirus Pro from Windows
1 On Windows Start menu, type Uninstall on Search field. Select Apps & Features on the list. For lower version of Windows, please choose Program and Features. You can uninstall or modify any installed application using this feature.
2 On next window, look for the item "XP Antivirus Pro" from the list and then, click on Uninstall button.
3 When it prompts for confirmation, please click Uninstall to start deleting XP Antivirus Pro from Windows operating system.
Step 2 : Remove XP Antivirus Pro remaining items with this tool
This guide requires a tool called Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It is a free tool designed to eradicate various computer infections including XP Antivirus Pro. MBAM scanner and malware removal tool is distributed for free.
4 In order to completely remove XP Antivirus Pro, it is best to download and run the recommended tool. Please click the button below to begin the download process.
5 After downloading, right-click on the file mb3-setup-consumer-[version].exe and select Run as Administrator to install the application.
6 Follow the prompts and install with dafault settings. There are no changes needed during the installation process.
7 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will launch for the first time. If it prompts for database update, it is necessary proceed with this step.
8 Click on Scan Now button on scanner's console to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of XP Antivirus Pro and other forms of threats.
9 Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and remove them from the computer.
10 If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows normally.
Step 3 : Double-check if XP Antivirus Pro still exists
11 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. File will be save on your Windows Downloads folder.
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 Unwanted Application Scan to quickly check the computer for malicious programs including XP Antivirus Pro.
Step 4 : Run Additional Scanner to Ensure that XP Antivirus Pro is Totally Deleted
Online Virus Scanner:
Another way to remove a virus without the need to install additional anti-virus software is to perform a thorough scan with free Online Virus Scanner. Browse this page to see a list of free services from specific anti-virus and security company.
Alternative Removal Procedures for XP Antivirus Pro
Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state
During an infection, XP Antivirus Pro 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.
1 On Windows Start menu, type RSTRUI on search field. Then, click the item or press Enter on keyboard.
2 "Restore system files and settings" window will appear. Click Next button to see the list of active restore points.
3 Select the most recent one prior to having XP Antivirus Pro infection. Click Next to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.
4 It may take a while to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.
Optional : XP Antivirus Pro manual uninstall guide
IMPORTANT! Manual removal of XP Antivirus Pro requires technical skills. Deleting system files and registry entries by mistake may result to total disability of Windows system. We advise you to perform a backup of registry before proceeding with this guide.
1. Kill any running process that belongs to XP Antivirus Pro.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for XP Antivirus Pro files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.
2. Delete all registry entries that belong to this malware.
- Press [Windows Key]+R on your keyboard.
- In the 'Open' dialog box, type regedit and press Enter. This will open registry editor.
- Find and delete registry entries as mentioned in Technical Reference section.
- Close registry editor. Changes made will be saved automatically.
3. Scan the computer with antivirus program.
- Connect to Internet and open your antivirus software. Please update to obtain the latest database and necessary files.
- Restart the computer in Safe Mode.
- Just before Windows logo begins to load press F8 on your keyboard.
- On Windows Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode and press Enter.
- Thoroughly scan the computer with your updated antivirus software.
4. Delete all files dropped by XP Antivirus Pro.
- While still in Safe Mode, search and delete malicious files. Please refer to 'Technical Reference'. Make sure that you execute 'End Task' first before deleting the file. Otherwise, the system will not let you perform this action.