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XP Security Cleaner Pro

Posted: March 14, 2013

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 63
First Seen: March 14, 2013
OS(es) Affected: Windows

XP Security Cleaner Pro Screenshot 1XP Security Cleaner Pro is a member of the new 'Cleaner' branch of the FakeRean family, a collection of rogue anti-malware products that display inaccurate system warnings. In keeping with the strategies already honed by its recent ancestors, XP Security Cleaner Pro may block various websites, block other programs and create various fake pop-up warnings while XP Security Cleaner Pro persuades you to purchase its registered version. Because XP Security Cleaner Pro can't clean your computer or detect real PC threats, SpywareRemove.com malware research team urges you to avoid buying XP Security Cleaner Pro, since the right course of action to clean your PC is to delete XP Security Cleaner Pro with a legitimate anti-malware application.

The Dirty Deal on XP Security Cleaner Pro's Cleansing Capabilities

XP Security Cleaner Pro claims to be able to remove various PC threats from your computer and includes the same basic appearance that you would expect any anti-malware scanner to display. However, XP Security Cleaner Pro can't perform any of the anti-malware functions that XP Security Cleaner Pro claims to have: all of its alerts and scans can, at best, show random file problems that aren't related to any genuine infections on your PC.

XP Security Cleaner Pro's fake security features are meant to beguile victims into paying an unnecessary software registration fee. To enhance your PC's appearance of instability, XP Security Cleaner Pro also may engage in other attacks, such as:

  • Hijacking your browser and blocking harmless websites with fake error pages. These error pages also may include promotional links for XP Security Cleaner Pro.
  • Blocking other applications automatically, including most default Windows programs and prominent security products.
  • Altering your PC's settings (via Registry changes) to disable basic Windows security functions.

The Finishing Touches on Cleaning Out XP Security Cleaner Pro

SpywareRemove.com malware researchers also have noted a recent relative of XP Security Cleaner Pro: Win 7 Security Cleaner Pro. Given the past behavior of similar scamware products, it's likely that other variants (for different versions of Windows and with minor changes to the brand names) also are in development. Fake anti-malware scanners related to XP Security Cleaner Pro also should be considered identical to XP Security Cleaner Pro in terms of malicious functions. Among its family members are Antivirus 2008 Pro, Antivirus XP 2008, Windows Antivirus 2008, Vista Antivirus 2008, PC Clean Pro, Antivirus Pro 2009, Rogue.Vista Antivirus 2008, AntiSpy Safeguard, ThinkPoint, Spyware Protection 2010, Internet Antivirus 2011, Palladium Pro, XP Anti-Virus 2011, CleanThis, XP Security 2012, XP Home Security 2012 and AntiVirus PRO 2015.

XP Security Cleaner Pro and similar scamware programs usually are installed by other Trojans. You can use anti-malware applications as necessary to remove XP Security Cleaner Pro and any other PC threats installed with XP Security Cleaner Pro, but SpywareRemove.com malware experts recommend disabling XP Security Cleaner Pro (such as by rebooting via Safe Mode) first).

Since the purchasable version of XP Security Cleaner Pro doesn't have any additional security features and will not benefit your PC in any way, buying XP Security Cleaner Pro never is encouraged to disinfect or secure your computer.