XP Security 2012

XP Security 2012 is a rogue program that extends its infection to as many users with the support of fake security web sites. Spreading with the help of Trojan, it targets people who are browsing the Internet more often. It enters the computer in an unusual way and instantly loads a copy of XP Security 2012 without permission. XP Security 2012 installation will begin as soon as all files are complete inside the system. With its rootkit techniques, it able to hide a presence from legitimate security software. Once inside the system, this malicious antivirus modifies system settings and begins to add values on the registry. The same counterfeit AV will engage browser hijacking to redirect search result link to predefined web sites that hosts other threats.

Browser redirection will cause so much danger on victim’s computer. Downloading of additional threats from unfamiliar web sites produces more harm for the end user. At this point, XP Security 2012 sees to it that no hindrance will cross its path. The malware will reduce presence of legitimate security application by ending its processes and deleting required files, enough to make it useless. It issues excessive fake warning and alert messages stating virus infection and virus attack. One sample fake notice follows:

Threat detected!
Security alert! Your computer was found to be infected with privacy-threatening software. Private data may get stolen and system damage may be severe. Recover your PC from the infection right now, perform security scan.

On each Windows boot-up, virus scan will detect dozens of fabricated threats. In the end, it advises to purchase XP Security 2012 in order to clean the computer. All the actions and marketing strategies of XP Security 2012 may lead to acquisition of its full version. Ignore it as much as possible. A genuine security program such as anti-virus and anti-malware is applicable to fight rogue software and other sorts of infection. Remove XP Security 2012 and all the components related to it at the earliest possible time.

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Technical Details and Additional Information:

Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows XP

Malware Behavior
While XP Security 2012 is present on the computer, it will prevent execution of any installed application. It will declare that the program is compromised with a Trojan and recommend immediate activation to remove the infection. The message will be as follows:

XP Security 2012 Firewall Alert
XP security 2012 has blocked a program from accessing the Internet.
File.exe is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen
Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.

How to Remove XP Security 2012

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 XP Security 2012 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 XP Security 2012 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 click on Quarantine Selected.

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

Step 2 : Ensure that no more files of XP Security 2012 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 "XP Security 2012" 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 XP Security 2012. 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 XP Security 2012 and other known threats. Then, restart Windows if necessary.

Step 3 : Remove the Rootkit Trojan that installs XP Security 2012

Rootkit Remover is a stand-alone utility developed by McAfee. It can be used to detect and remove rootkit Trojan that is associated with XP Security 2012. 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 XP Security 2012 .

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

Alternative Removal Procedures for XP Security 2012

Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, XP Security 2012 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.


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.


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.

Option 2 : XP Security 2012 manual uninstall guide

IMPORTANT! Manual removal of XP Security 2012 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 Security 2012.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for XP Security 2012 files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.

End Task

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.

Run Regedit

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 Security 2012.
- 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.

Associated Files and Folders:Added Registry Entries:

Troubleshooting Guides

Did XP Security 2012 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.


  1. Avatarhowto

    How To: Remove this Virus

    Hard boot your computer into SafeMode w/ Netwo…
    goto malwarebytes.org

    download it

    update it if not

    do a full scan


  2. AvatarN

    I’ve just restore the system and it don’t come up anymore does that mean it’s gone???
    And could anyone suggest a free anti virus/malware as well please

  3. Avataranon

    N, system restore won’t do you much good as it doesn’t change your files. it may look like it’s gone, but it will be back. download malwarebytes and run that every few weeks. as for antivirus, i trust avast the most. it’s the most stable and working program i have used. i never get infected using it.

  4. AvatarJon

    I was perusing a website yesterday when a bubble appeared in the system tray saying my Security Center was disabled. I opened the
    Control Panel and found the Security Center Icon would not function.

    I have McAfee Virus Scan. I immediately ran that. During the run,
    the Windows shown above in the screen shot appeared. At first I thought they were part of McAfee, but thorough examination proved this to be false.

    I used Control/Alt/Delete to bring up the task manager and killed the pop-up windows. After McAfee finished… AND FOUND NOTHING… i decided to run a System Restore. Everything since then has appeared to work fine.

    I examined Documents & Settings folder for the files listed above, and using Regedit, examined the registry for the Key entries also listed above. I found none to be present.

    So… I am curious whethere or not System Restore has really done the job.

  5. Avatarnichael

    ive got this come up on my windows xp media center pc and it wont let me use the internet what so ever i have run a full system scan with mcafee and it says theres nothing wrong with my pc but there is pls help

  6. AvatarKatarina

    My documents are stolen.J wont to protect my PC J need registration here.Help me.

  7. Avatarbryan

    disculpa pero yo quiero hacerlo desde mi pc porque esto del windows segurity me esta estresando crees que me puedas ayudar porfavor gracias xD

  8. Avatargeorge

    had this nasty virus and it wiped out my rundll32 file. Had to get all of my stuff to a hd and restore system. broke the string of threats with spybot sd in safe mode with networking, but could not access internet because of virus anyway. after the break I used malwarebytes and it deleted the virus.. long story short get malwarebytes before this happens..

  9. Avatarlostone

    Try Stinger McAfee.
    He deleted the trojan.

  10. Avatardavid

    Ditto, George. I thought i had it fixed but when I did a system restore somehow deleted my rundll32 file and nothing worked.

  11. Avatarluninstallbearsha

    Thanks for the Tips.Very useful.

  12. AvatarPAMELA

    Hi All,

    I too had this issue to deal with last week – very frustrating having my system (Windows XP) hijacked and ransomed at $59.95. I absolutely refused to pay it! After hitting the web and seeing that it was a serious issue, I look for a solution. Although I am tech savvy, I found the solutions to be too intense for me, in fact, I almost considered taking it to my computer guy. Well, I used some common sense (no offense IT guys) and I was able to fix my problem.

    I remind you that I do have a comfort level in deleting and installing stuff so please only do this if you know what you are doing.

    NUMBER 1

    I did start with the Task Manager and closing all the .exe that started with 3 letters as the forums stated. I had 3 or 4. That did not work and I did not know which was the culprit.

    NUMBER 2

    I got tired of closing the windows when they popped up so I minimized them. At that point I realized that the flashing window displayed OAP, which was one of the processes I had disabled. BECAUSE I STILL HAD THE TASK MANAGER WINDOW OPEN I NOTICED THAT THIS OAP PROCESS KEPT POPPING BACK UP SO I KNEW THIS WAS THE CULPRIT.

    NUMBER 3

    I did a search on my C drive for the oap.exe file and located it. There was another OAP file that I also deleted (there were only 2).

    However, I could not delete the files because they were being used (SAID ACCESS DENIED, FILE IN USE or something like that). It then occurred to me that I had a timeframe of about 5-7 seconds to close the OAP process and then jump back to the file location and delete them. And that my friend did the job.

    NUMBER 4

    I did have a problem opening .EXE files so I repaired my registry with the WINXP_EXE_FIX.REG but I have no idea where I got it so you will have to do a search on how to fix this should it be deem necessary.

    My system has been working fine since. I truly hope this works for you.

    [email protected]

  13. AvatarRobert

    Hi Pam,

    If I could, I would kiss you. Your solution worked like a charm (well, so far, we’ll see if this holds for 24 hours). This malware is insidious. A few weeks ago, I got the “Privacy Protection” Malware which acted very much like this one – no internet, no access to several key programs, and, most importantly, I could not launch Malwarebytes. I don’t know if this is another version of the same malware (it wasn’t that long ago so it could just be reoccurring). However, with the “Privacy Protection” malware, the cleanup was pretty straight forward. In this one, it was not. The really frustrating thing was even in “safe mode” I kept getting that damn bogus pop-up window. Even getting the command prompt was a challenge. But following your recipe (locating the nasty exe files in task manager and deleting them just before you delete them in explorer) seemed to work. Well, it’s only been a few minutes, but, at least, I can now run Malwarebytes and I’m doing a complete scan right now. Wish me luck. Thanks


  14. AvatarNolan

    Pam, thank you so much for that. The site’s guide wouldn’t work, and luckily you posted one that worked.

  15. Avatarsunshine

    I had the same issue, when I googled on microsoft.com I realized it was a rogue virus and instaled their security scan they mentioned (in SAFE mode) – make sure you do a full scan (will take over 3 hours) but let it run. The popups disappeared, I then proceeded to do another scan with malawarebytes, found more viruses,you need to reboot after that and advise on doing an AVG fulll scan, seems to be all good now..

  16. AvatarImran

    Start PC in Safe mode

    Press Ctrl / Alt / Del and open select processes in Task manager

    Stop process named ???.exe (application with 3 letters)

    Download http : //download.bleepingcomputer.com/reg/FixNCR.reg

    Run the Reg file to fix the registry

    Goto C:\Documents and Settings\”login user”\Local Settings\Application Data
    Find the same ???.exe and delete it

    Restore your PC

    “Nice to see your Smiling face” Enjoy !!!

    Your PC is now free from Virus

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