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XP Antivirus 2010 is Back – Removal Instruction

Back in the day (the mid 1960’s), I heard an old time College Football coach (Darryl Royal, of the University of Texas Longhorns) say, in answer to a question concerning his plans for an upcoming game, “we’ll dance with who brung us”.

What he meant was, he would continue to go with the players, and plays, that had contributed to a winning season. Or, to put it more succinctly – success breeds success.

Cyber criminals, particularly those responsible for the rogue software/scareware application, XP Antivirus, have learned this lesson well. XP Antivirus is back, and is running rampant on the Internet at the moment; having morphed from previous versions we had to deal with in 2008, and 2009.

Of all the rogue security applications released to date, and there have been thousands of them, this particular one has been the most successful for the criminal developers.

I first wrote on this scourge in 2008, and in the interim period, that specific article has been read 130,000+times. In the last week or so, I was surprised to see this older article, suddenly jump to the top of the daily read chart.

This shift in popularity, coupled with a number of readers reporting having to deal with infections caused by XP Antivirus 2010, convinced me to cover the scareware issue once again.

Just like its predecessor, XP Antivirus 2010 installer can be found on adult websites, salacious news sites, or it can be installed manually from rogue security software websites.

After the installation of XP Antivirus 2010 be prepared for false positives; fake or false malware detection warnings. As with all rogue security applications, XP Antivirus 2010 was developed to mislead uninformed computer users’ into downloading and paying for the “full” version of this bogus software, based on the false malware positives generated by the application.

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If the full program fee is not paid, XP Antivirus 2010 continues to run as a background process incessantly reporting those fake or false malware detection warnings. To really try your patience, this rogue security software cannot be uninstalled using the Windows Add/Remove Programs tool.

XP Antivirus 2010 Removal Instructions:

If you have become infected by XP Antivirus 2010, or other scareware (rogue software), have your PC worked on by a certified computer technician, who will have the tools, and the competency, to determine if the infection can be removed without causing system damage.

If you feel you have the necessary skills, and you want to try your hand at removal, then by all means do so.

The following free resources can provide tools and the advice you will need to attempt removal.

Malwarebytes, a very reliable anti-malware company, offers a free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, a highly rated anti-malware application which is capable of removing many newer rogue applications.

411 Spyware – a site that specializes in malware removal. I highly recommend this site.

Bleeping Computer – a web site where help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of rogue software. This is another site I highly recommend.

SmitFraudFix, available for download at Geekstogo is a free tool that is continuously updated to assist victims of rogue security app

What can you do to ensure you are protected, or to reduce the chances you will become a victim?

Consider the ramifications carefully before responding to a Windows Security Alert pop-up message. This is a favorite vehicle used by rogue security application to begin the process of infecting unwary users’ computers.

Be cautious in downloading freeware, or shareware programs. Spyware, including scareware, is occasionally concealed in these programs. Download freeware applications only through reputable web sites such as Download.com, or sites that you know to be safe.

Consider carefully the inherent risks attached to peer-to-peer (P2P), or file sharing applications, since exposure to rogue security applications is widespread.

Install an Internet Browser add-on that provides protection against questionable or unsafe websites. My personal favorite is WOT (Web of Trust), an Internet Explorer/FireFox add-on, that offers substantial protection against dangerous websites.

As a form of added protection, you should consider running in a virtual environment while connected to the Internet. To find out what this means to your overall security, and to download a free virtual software application, please read “Download Free Returnil Virtual System 2010 Home”, on this site.

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Antivirus 2009 – Five Removal Solutions

These days it seems, my email inboxes are overflowing with email scams, and no doubt you are seeing the same thing happening in your email inbox.

Email scams work because the cyber-crooks responsible for these scams are experts at using social engineering as the hook. They rely on the fact that we are a curious species on the one hand, and that we are easily frightened by the unknown, on the other hand.

Currently, rogue security developers (cyber-crooks), are combining both of these powerful persuaders, to convince unaware Internet users to download a harmful fake anti-virus/anti-spyware program, Antivirus 2009, which in reality causes the problem that it supposedly solves.

The very familiar bogus celebrity scandal email link is the teaser, which when activated launches a “your computer is infected with a virus” message screen. Clicking on the accompanying ad for a free anti-malware removal program, will download a Trojan horse which will install Antivirus 2009; rogue security software that launches fake malware detection warnings.

Rogue security applications, and there seems to be an epidemic of them on the Internet, including Antivirus 2009, have been developed to mislead uninformed computer users’ into downloading and paying for the “full” version of this bogus software, based on the false malware positives generated by the application.

The majority of typical Internet users, I speak with, are not aware that such a class of software even exists. But it does; and regrettably, it is becoming more widespread. An email scam is not the only method in which this parasitic software can be installed on a users system.

Just like its predecessor, Antivirus 2008, this particular rogue security software’s installer (ZLOB/MediaAccess Codec) can be found on adult websites, or it can be installed manually from rogue security software websites like antivirus-scanner.com, or antivirus2009.com.

If the full program fee is not paid, XP Antivirus 2009 continues to run as a background process incessantly reporting those fake or false malware detection warnings. To really try your patience, this rogue security software cannot be uninstalled using the Windows Add/Remove Programs tool. Unfortunately, even if an unaware user pays for this rogue security, the program will continue to run.

Here are some typical comments from a few of this Blog’s readers which will give you an indication of how destructive this rogue software is:

“My home computer is infected with the xp antivirus 2009 rogue software. It has grown like a cancer and has attacked my .dll files and I no longer can use my Internet Explorer to log on to the internet. I was told by a customer support person at Dell computer that eventually it will destroy all my files and I’ll have nothing but a blue screen. I’ve tried several removal tools that require you to buy their full program and since I can’t get on the internet I’m dead in the water. Is their any free program that actually works? I’ve tried PC Tools, Avira, Spy Hunter, a Squared & others. HELP!!!”

“I also purchased this software out of fear and they are continuing to bill my account for charges I did not authorize. I have called the billing company and emailed them without success. I just got off the phone with a foreign country who told me he couldn’t help me even though they say they can help 24-7. I contacted my bank 2 days ago and found out I had to wait till they received the order and I was charged (at that time the charges were pending). The charges were removed yesterday and back on today with additional charges. Anybody got any ideas how to stop this. I emailed the FTC and plan to call them tomorrow”.

“What an awesome page this is, thank you. Unbelievable what this thing did to my laptop. No access to task manager, no access to “my computer”. Pop-ups everywhere. Tried spybot, fixwareout, HijackThis to no avail. Might as well not have had Black Ice and Norton. Somehow I maintained the presence of mind to realize I was getting seriously bent over. I swear to God “breaking on the wheel” is a good punishment for these psychopaths. Luckily I keep most of the important stuff, including a script I’m writing, externally, so I re-formatted (2X). I know, NOT a good solution for people with all their stuff on the C drive. I’ll try the freeware, but basically I’m going to keep myself prepared as much as possible to have to scrub the hard drive at a moments notice. Bastards”.

Solutions:

Rogue Fix at Internet Inspiration

SmitFraudFix available for download at Geekstogo is a free tool that is continuously updated to assist victims of rogue security applications.

Bleeping Computer is a web site where help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of rogue software.

Malwarebytes, a reliable anti-malware company has created a free application to help keep you safe and secure. RogueRemover will safely remove a number of rogue security applications.

If you are an advanced computer user, checkout “XP Antivirus 2008/2009 – Advanced User Removal Solution” on this Blog.

What you can do to reduce the chances of infecting your system with rogue security software.

  • An absolute necessity is to make sure that any security application you are considering installing is recognized as legitimate by industry experts. An excellent web site that will keep you in the loop, and advise you what products work and have a deserved reputation for quality performance is Spyware Warrior.
  • Be careful in downloading freeware or shareware programs. Spyware is occasionally concealed in these programs. Download this type of program only through reputable web sites such as Download.com, or sites that you know to be safe.
  • Consider carefully the inherent risks attached to peer-to-peer (P2P), or file sharing applications where exposure to rogue security applications is widespread.
  • Install an Internet Browser add-on that provides protection against questionable or unsafe websites. My personal favorite is Web of Trust, an Internet Explorer/FireFox add-on that offers substantial protection against questionable or unsafe websites.
  • Do not click on unsolicited invitations to download software of any kind.
  • Be kind to your friends, relatives, and associates and let them know that all of the above dangers are now epidemic on the Internet. In that way, it raises the level of protection for all of us

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XP Antivirus 2008 Morphs into XP Antivirus 2009 – Still Lies!

Rogue security software developers are not unlike legitimate software developers; they are both fond of updating their products.

The cyber criminals behind the development of XP Antivirus 2008 have just morphed this parasitic rogue security software application into XP Antivirus 2009.

So now we have one more software parasite to add to the epidemic of rogue security software infesting the Internet.

A rogue security application like XP Antivirus 2009 is an application that uses malware, or malicious tools, to advertise or install itself. Unless you have had the bad experience of installing this type of malicious software, you may not be aware that such a class of software even exists. But it does; and regrettably it is becoming more widespread.

Just like its predecessor, this particular rogue security software’s installer (ZLOB/MediaAccess Codec) is usually found on adult websites, or it can be installed manually from rogue security software websites like antivirus-scanner.com or antivirus2009.com.

After the installation of XP Antivirus 2009 be prepared for false positives; fake or false malware detection warnings. As with all rogue security applications, XP Antivirus 2009 was developed to mislead uninformed computer users’ into downloading and paying for the “full” version of this bogus software, based on the false malware positives generated by the application.

If the full program fee is not paid, XP Antivirus 2009 continues to run as a background process incessantly reporting those fake or false malware detection warnings. To really try your patience, this rogue security software cannot be uninstalled using the Windows Add/Remove Programs tool.

Generally, reputable anti-spyware software is capable of detecting rogue software if it attempts to install, or on a malware scan. But this is not always the case. Anti-malware programs that rely on a definition database can be behind the curve in recognizing the newest threats. Nevertheless, it is critically important that your Anti-malware programs definition database is always kept current.

An additional safeguard is, ensure you have installed, and are running, an anti-malware application such as ThreatFire 3, free from PC Tools. This type of program operates using heuristics, or behavioral analysis, to identify newer threats.

As well, Malwarebytes, a reliable anti-malware company has created a free application to help keep you safe and secure. RogueRemover (latest version released May 30/08), will safely remove a number of rogue security applications.

SmitFraudFix available for download at Geekstogo is a free tool that is continuously updated to assist victims of rogue security applications.

A further resource worth noting is the Bleeping Computer web site where help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of rogue software.

For another view on removing malware checkout Malware Removal Techniques by my good buddy TechPaul.

An absolute necessity is to make sure that any security application you are considering installing is recognized as legitimate by industry experts. An excellent web site that will keep you in the loop, and advise you what products work and have a deserved reputation for quality performance is Spyware Warrior.

What you can do to reduce the chances of infecting your system with rogue security software.

  • Be careful in downloading freeware or shareware programs. Spyware is occasionally concealed in these programs. Download this type of program only through reputable web sites such as Download.com, or sites that you know to be safe.
  • Consider carefully the inherent risks attached to peer-to-peer (P2P), or file sharing applications where exposure to rogue security applications is widespread.
  • Install an Internet Browser add-on that provides protection against questionable or unsafe websites. My personal favorite is Web of Trust, an Internet Explorer/FireFox add-on that offers substantial protection against questionable or unsafe websites.
  • Do not click on unsolicited invitations to download software of any kind.

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