Windows XP System Repair

Posted: August 9, 2011

Windows XP System Repair Description

Windows XP System Repair Screenshot 1Windows XP System Repair is a recent entry into the System Repair family of rogue defraggers. Like the other fake defragmentation programs that Windows XP System Repair is copied from, Windows XP System Repair uses fake scans and error messages to make you think that your hard drive is nearing catastrophic failure. However, this group of scamware products, including Windows XP System Repair, has been verified to contain no real defragmentation or error-checking functions, and all of Windows XP System Repair's shrill warning cries should be ignored. malware analysts have found many problems related to Windows XP System Repair infections, including files seeming to disappear, security and anti-virus programs being blocked and browser hijacks that redirect web browsers to hostile websites. By deleting Windows XP System Repair with a well-equipped anti-malware application, you can rid your PC of both Windows XP System Repair's fake warnings and all related issues.

Piercing Windows XP System Repair's Eggshell-Thin Disguise

After searching through Windows XP System Repair from head to toes, malware researchers haven't seen the slightest indication that Windows XP System Repair can defragment or repair your hard drive. However, what Windows XP System Repair will do instead, is create fake errors and defragmentation displays that make it look like your PC is disastrously damaged. This behavior and even the overall looks that Windows XP System Repair uses are copied from other rogue defragmenters that research team is familiar with, including the newer Windows Vista System Repair and Windows 7 System Repair as well as the older System Repair, WinScan, Windows Startup Repair and Windows Diagnostic.

Most Windows XP System Repair infections readily-detectable by Windows XP System Repair's preference for creating random and exaggerated pop-ups that warn you about problems that no real defragmenter would detect, such as:

Critical Error!
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file \System32\496A8300. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware.

Critical Error!
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.

Critical Error
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.

Critical Error
Windows can't find hard disk space. Hard drive error

Critical Error
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.

Critical Error
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.

Low Disk Space
You are running very low disk space on Local Disk (C:).

System Restore
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.

Windows - No Disk
Exception Processing Message 0x0000013

32% of HDD space is unreadable

Data Safety Problem. System integrity is at risk.

Hard drive doesn't respond to system commands

Read time of hard drive clusters less than 500 ms

Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table

Ram Temperature is 83 C. Optimization is required for normal operation.

Requested registry access is not allowed. Registry defragmentation required

GPU RAM temperature is critically high. Urgent RAM memory optimization is required to prevent system crash

You should ignore these errors, since following their advice may lead you to harm your PC. Windows XP System Repair creates these false positives and other problems to scam you into giving away your credit card information. However, there's no need to buy Windows XP System Repair, since you can fake activation with the code 8475082234984902023718742058948 before you remove Windows XP System Repair.

Cleaning Up the Remainder of Windows XP System Repair's Scam

Even if you're ready to avoid giving credence to Windows XP System Repair's fake errors, malware researchers have found other attacks that Windows XP System Repair causes that may be more difficult to ignore:

  • One relatively unique problem that's caused by Windows XP System Repair and related rogue defragmenters is a tendency for files to seem as though they've vanished from their folders or have been moved to the wrong folder. This is a purely visual attack that's based on Windows XP System Repair altering Windows Explorer, so using another program, such as the default Windows application Command Prompt, will bypass it.
  • Windows XP System Repair may also try to prevent the use of various types of anti-malware and security programs, ranging from basic utilities like Task Manager to dedicated anti-virus scanners. You can use Safe Mode or another secure boot method to launch Windows without Windows XP System Repair starting up and getting in the way of these programs.
  • Browser hijacks that redirect you to the Windows XP System Repair website may also occur. In extreme instances, these hijacks can even force you to redirect away from websites that could help you remove Windows XP System Repair.



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Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\..{RunKeys}HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"

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