Home Malware Programs Rogue Anti-Spyware Programs XP Security Plus 2013

XP Security Plus 2013

Posted: December 20, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 33
First Seen: December 20, 2012
OS(es) Affected: Windows

XP Security Plus 2013 is a fake anti-malware program that doesn't have any ability to detect or delete any type of PC threat, but makes up for this by displaying fake security information. Trying to remove the fake infections that XP Security Plus 2013 claims are on your PC will result in XP Security Plus 2013 presenting a registry key purchase form – which SpywareRemove.com malware experts recommend that you decline as a waste of your money. Because XP Security Plus 2013 belongs to a family of rogue anti-malware scanners named FakeRean, and, like any member of FakeRean, also can be used for such problematic attacks as blocking other programs or redirecting your browser, you should consider XP Security Plus 2013 a security risk, rather than a security assistant, and remove XP Security Plus 2013 with a real anti-malware program as quickly as possible.

XP Security Plus 2013: Not Exactly the 'Plus' that Your PC's Security Needs

XP Security Plus 2013 promotes itself as a reputable and individual anti-malware product with a range of related security features (such as firewall monitoring functions), but XP Security Plus 2013's actual origins lie in the depths of the FakeRean family of scamware. This family is well-known for its members, which often are cloned from each other with minimal variations in code besides, of course, their brand names. Similar types of fake security programs that also have sprung up from XP Security Plus 2013's family include 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.

XP Security Plus 2013's defining 'feature' is its ability to display fake security-related information regarding the presence of malicious software, attempted identity theft, unwarranted changes to your system files and similar attacks. Besides system scans that always will detect wide ranges of nonexistent infections, XP Security Plus 2013 also will display various formats of pop-up warnings, which SpywareRemove.com malware experts note even can imitate the format of Windows notifications. Since XP Security Plus 2013 can't detect real PC threats and doesn't have any type of threat removal capabilities, XP Security Plus 2013 should never be bought, nor should XP Security Plus 2013's security information ever be taken at face value.

Taking Your PC Out of XP Security Plus 2013's Scamware Equation

FakeRean-based rogue anti-malware products like XP Security Plus 2013 often are installed by malicious websites and advertisements that use drive-by-download exploits. Keeping your web browser's security settings at strict levels and having anti-malware software with web-browsing protection features can be helpful for blocking attacks that might install XP Security Plus 2013 (or other PC threats). In particular, software updates from suspicious sources, especially those that advertise generic security software, should be considered prominent infection vectors for XP Security Plus 2013.

If your computer has already been infected by XP Security Plus 2013, it is advised to use pertinent anti-malware programs to find and remove XP Security Plus 2013 safely. XP Security Plus 2013 may block other programs or even websites that are loaded in your web browser, a behavior that's particularly common to this year's FakeRean variants, and you may need to disable XP Security Plus 2013 before you can use appropriate software to remove XP Security Plus 2013. In most cases, booting Windows through Safe Mode is the only step that's required to disable malware like XP Security Plus 2013. However, other security solutions also can be taken if they're necessary.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to XP Security Plus 2013 may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

Download SpyHunter's Malware Scanner

Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria .

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.