July 22, 2011

XP Anti-Spyware.



XP Anti-Spyware is a fake anti-spyware program which was let into the wild for making you tricked into purchasing its license.
However, this malware is an ultimately fraudulent money-hunter which should be removed as soon as you notice its license.It hails from a huge family of malwares that change their names according to OS found and  infects only Windows XP OS running machines. As a rule, you should ignore its alerts and get rid of XP Anti-Spyware because it has no virus removal engine. It may also use other names but the same GUI in its alerts and scanners, so be aware about this. Rely on a reputable anti-spyware to get rid of XP Anti-Spyware and any other cyber threat. To avoid them and their unexpected appearance, you should purchase the ‘full’ version which provides a real time protection.
XP Antispyware basically employs trojans to get inside one’s Operating System and mess it up afterwards. This program will do its best in trying to make you believe that you need the registered its version in order to defend the compromised computer against malicious programs out there. The first its appearance will be just after its secret installation. XP Anti-Spyware may also reach your computer with a help of browser hijackers that start redirecting its victims and then offer to install ‘free’ version of this scam. XP Anti-Spyware is modified to launch as soon as you reboot your computer and after that it will start scanning your computer and reporting numerous viruses detected. Of course, these detections are invented because that XP Anti-Spyware virus has empty corresponding antivirus database, which testifies nothing.
Removal:

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager: 
  • pw.exe 
  • MSASCui.exe
 Location of the infection:
  1. %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\[random].exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "%1" %*
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Datapw.exe" /START "%1" %*
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "FirewallOverride" = "1"
Although it is possible to manually remove XP Anti-Spyware, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend  malware and spyware removal applications.

After removing all these files, restart your computer and the issue will be fixed. And don’t forget to do update your Security Software, check the Firewall Settings and the Operating System and finally do a full system scan with the Security Software.

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