New Rogue: XP AntiVirus

by Albin on October 11th, 2007 in Definition File Updates.

A new rogue, known as XP AntiVirus or XPAntiVirus, has been making the rounds. Typical of fraudware, this rogue anti-virus software creates registry entries for fake, non-existent malware that it then "detects" when it scans your PC. This tactic is used to scare you into purchasing the software.

While the program does come with a removal option, when PC users attempt to uninstall it, XP AntiVirus will start up again the next time they reboot.

We currently have the rogue in detection in the Definitions File Beta; those who are registered as beta testers for our Definitions File can detect and remove this rogue. Those not signed-up can get the update in the next Definitions File release.

In the meantime, the crew at BleepingComputer.com have posted helpful information and removal instructions.