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XP Security 2013

Posted: October 8, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 16
First Seen: October 8, 2012
OS(es) Affected: Windows

XP Security 2013 Screenshot 1XP Security 2013 is a scamware program that uses the looks of an anti-malware scanner as an excuse to display inaccurate security information through web pages, pop-up warnings and faux system scans. Although XP Security 2013 may pretend to detect high-level threats by their technical names, including spyware like Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen, XP Security 2013 can't detect real infections and doesn't have the ability to delete malicious software. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend deleting XP Security 2013 once you can launch a suitable anti-malware program, not only because XP Security 2013 doesn't have genuine security features but because XP Security 2013 may attack other applications and disable security features that are central to the Windows operating system.

XP Security 2013: the Bad Security That's for More Than Just Windows XP

XP Security 2013 acts like an anti-malware scanner with your best interests at heart, but XP Security 2013's system scans are inaccurate, its pop-up alerts warn you about threats that aren't on your computer and its functional features are all focused on dismantling your computer's built-in security. As a rogue anti-malware product, XP Security 2013 exaggerates the presence of malicious software on your computer as a twisted marketing scheme to get you to spend money on its software. Purchasing XP Security 2013 or even tolerating its existence on your PC for a moment longer than necessary should be considered dangerous to your machine, just like if you were allowing any Trojan or virus to remain intact on your hard drive.

These traits aren't unique to XP Security 2013, which is a clone of similar PC threats from the widely-distributed FakeRean family. FakeRean-based scamware programs may switch their names to match your operating system and often (but not always) use very similar skins and anti-security attacks. SpywareRemove.com malware analysts have identified some of XP Security 2013's closest relatives, including Antivirus 2008 Pro, Windows Antivirus 2008, Vista Antivirus 2008, Antivirus XP 2008, PC Clean Pro, Antivirus Pro 2009, AntiSpy Safeguard, ThinkPoint, Spyware Protection 2010, Internet Antivirus 2011, Palladium Pro, XP Anti-Virus 2011, CleanThis, Rogue.Vista Antivirus 2008, XP Home Security 2012, XP Security 2012 and AntiVirus PRO 2015.

Where the Real Bite in XP Security 2013's Bark Comes into Play

As is generally true for rogue security programs, XP Security 2013 is identified primarily through its fake security pop-up alerts and other attempts to make itself seem like useful software. Nonetheless, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers are even more concerned with XP Security 2013's other attacks, which can disable your computer's security in the process of making it seem like almost every program on your hard drive is infected. These functions can include:

  • Programs that are forced to redirect to XP Security 2013 before they launch. XP Security 2013 can then block them and claim that they're infected by keyloggers or other PC threats.
  • Browser-redirecting attacks that force your browsers (including Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox) to load fake error pages instead of normal websites.
  • A range of disabled Windows features, such as the firewall and update system.

Since XP Security 2013 makes changes to sensitive Windows components to accomplish these attacks, SpywareRemove.com malware research team recommends using anti-malware software to delete XP Security 2013 and its system changes safely.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] File name: %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]
Group: Malware file
%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] File name: %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]
Group: Malware file
%LocalAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] File name: %LocalAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]
Group: Malware file
%LocalAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe File name: %LocalAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\{Value}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\.exe" -a "%1" %*HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe "(Default)" = ''HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\ "(Default)" = 'Application'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\.exe" -a "%1" %*HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\\DefaultIcon "(Default)" = '%1'HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ah\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\.exe" -a "%1" %*HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\.exe" -a "%1" %*HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = ""%LocalAppData%\.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe""HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\safemode\command "(Default)" = ""%LocalAppData%\.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -safe-mode"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = ""%LocalAppData%\.exe -a "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe""HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ah\shell\open\command "IsolatedCommand"

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