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XP Internet Security 2012

XP Internet Security 2012 Name Changing Rogue



Typically, rogue antivirus programs behave very similarly, which can make it easier to recognize them.  This is particularly true of the XP Internet Security 2012, which is just one of 15 variations of the same rogue program.  The name switches depending on the Windows version that is installed.  While certainly not original, this rogue is persistent and does pose a potential risk to your system.



The 15 versions of the 2012 Name Changing Rogue are identical in almost every way.  They all have the same interface, which mimics Windows; they all have the same warning messages; and they all have the same goal.  XP Internet Security 2012 and its clones want you to purchase their software, which ultimately offers very little protection.  To do this, it must first convince you that your machine is at risk. It does this by issuing “security alerts” like the following:

Malware Intrusion

Sensitive areas of your system were found to be under attack. Spy software attack or virus infection possible. Prevent further damage or your private data will get stolen. Run an anti-spyware scan now. Click here to start.


Another form that the popups take is false security scans.  Again, these indicate that there are severe threats and urge you to purchase and install the “full protection” of the software.  Users should remember that rogue antivirus programs cannot scan their

computers.  These “threats” are completely fictitious.



XP Internet Security 2012 moves from irritating to intrusive when it begins to block your browsers.  When you attempt to launch IE, Firefox, or Chrome, it issues a false firewall warning saying that the program is infected. This has two purposes: to convince you there are threats, and to keep you from accessing legitimate security help.



How does it gain access?  Many times, it enters secretly with the help of a trojan.  Sites with adult, gaming, pirated, warez, P2P, freeware, and trending content are particularly vulnerable.  When users click on an affected link, image, video, ad, or banner, the trojan can bus malware, including rogue applications, in. 



Another method XP Internet Security 2012 uses to enter systems is to pose as an online scanner.  Users will see a popup message, disguised as a security scan result.  This will indicate that XP Internet Security 2012 has found several threats, that your protection is turned off, and that you need to activate their protection immediately to prevent serious damage.  Each of these claims is false.



The irritation and inconvenience rogue programs cause is enough reason to remove XP Internet Security 2012; but it is also important to safely eliminate this rogue from your computer in order to prevent further malware infections, instability, and impaired performance.



There are two options available to you for removing this pest, manually or automatically. Two programs worth considering for automatic removal are Enigma's SpyHunter and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) .



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