XP Antivirus 2012

What is XP Antivirus 2012?

The 2012 Name Changing Rogue has 15 different variations; each is the same but for the name, and this changes depending on what version of Windows a computer is running.  XP Antivirus 2012 and its identical brothers behave like any other rogue antivirus program, seeking to create the appearance of severe infection within a system in order to convince users to install their ineffective software.

What the 2012 Name Changing Rogue lacks in originality, it makes up for in persistence.  Typical of all rogues, XP Antivirus 2012 issues continual warnings to users.  One example:

XP Antivirus 2012 Alert
System Integrity Check
Warning!  Sensitive data may be sent over your internet connection right now!
Threat: Trojan-PSW.Win32.Antigen.A

While the language can be intimidating for users, know that these are nothing but elaborate ads.  The scan results windows are also works of fiction.  This ad, which is designed to imitate the scans issued by Windows, indicates that a scan has been done and that you are at risk.  It will tell you that your “Complete PC Protection,” “Automating Updating,” “Protection against bank fraud,” and “Self-protection against malware” are turned off.  You are urged to “Activate your copy right now” to remove threats and protect your computer. Never do this; XP Antivirus 2012 cannot remove threats.  It cannot even scan your computer.

This rogue application is able to block legitimate programs.  If you try to launch your browser, for instance, you may receive a false firewall message telling you that the program is infected.  In other cases, the rogue will block you from navigating to websites that contain security or removal information.  The purpose is, of course, to evade removal attempts, but also to convince you that your computer is infected and you need to purchase this software immediately. 

How did XP Antivirus 2012 access your system?  Most of the time, it enters on the back of a trojan.  Websites with gaming, adult, P2P, freeware, pirated, and/or trending content are especially vulnerable to trojans, but they can also affect email attachments, ads, banners, and free videos.  Once the trojan is in your system, it drops off its malware passengers.  The rogue application then begins its campaign to convince you of security risks.  Some users are, in fact, persuaded and end up installing the software.  This, unfortunately, does not result in any improvements.

To keep your system, privacy, data, and money intact, make sure to remove XP Antivirus 2012 from your computer as soon as possible.

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