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XP Antivirus: Is It As Professional As It Sounds?

It can be intimidating to notice the messages telling you that you have viruses on your computer and that you need to download XP Antivirus to get rid of them. It is important for you to stop and think, though, before you download anything you are unfamiliar with.

What is XP Antivirus?

XP Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware program. It is similar to programs like IE Antivirus, VirusHeat and AntiVirGear. The purpose of the program is to make fake security alerts pop-up and system scans show exaggerated numbers of spyware products to get people to purchase XP Antivirus.

What You May Notice With XP Antivirus

If you do have XP Antivirus on your system, you might notice a variety of symptoms. One common symptom is slow performance. Your computer will run much slower than it normally does. Slow performance may be seen in booting up your computer, loading programs, or during common downloading procedures.

Slow performance may be coupled with unwanted pop-ups and automatic scans. The pop-ups will have one main purpose - to try to get you to purchase the full version of the XP Antivirus program. The pop-ups will occur when you are online as well as when you are offline. You may even see a fake virus scan during any given popup. The scans will show exaggerated results. By suggesting you have a high number of spyware programs on you computer, XP Antivirus hopes you will want to purchase the program in order to remove the ‘spyware' shown on the scan.

In addition to poor overall performance and unwanted popups or scans, you may also notice a change in your internet settings. Your internet start page may be switched to the XP Antivirus page instead of the page you previously had set. New shortcuts may also be added to your desktop or your bookmarks file. Moreover, you may have a new redirect page. When your browser cannot find the correct site, instead of being redirected to a generic ‘Page Not Found' site, you'll be sent to the XP Antivirus site.

How Did It Get There?

There is more than one way that XP Antivirus could have made its way onto your computer. One very common way is through freeware or shareware. It is often bundled with these types of downloads. While you are sometimes notified in advance that XP Antivirus will come with your download, some sites forget to let you know. Peer-to-Peer software is another way for XP Antivirus to make its way to your computer. It is possible to unknowingly download a file that has XP Antivirus attached to it through a shared network. A third way that XP Antivirus can make an appearance on your computer is through questionable websites. This method, dubbed ‘drive by downloading,' begins when you visit an unsafe site. As you look through the site, the download process begins without your knowledge or permission.

What Should I Do If I Have XP Antivirus?

If you find that you have XP Antivirus on your computer, there are some steps that you can follow to get rid of it. Many computer owners choose to manually delete it in Windows. In order to remove the XP Antivirus files, begin by going to the Windows ‘Start' menu. From the search button, click on "All files and folders." Then you can type the file name in the search box and click, "Local Hard Drives." Click "search." When the files are found you can delete it. The difficulty with this method is finding all of the associated files. A partial listing appears at the end of this article. Keep in mind, though, that if you do not remove all of the associated files, the program has the ability to reinstall itself!

Should you choose this method, you'll have to edit your system's registry as well. Be aware, however, that doing this can be very dangerous if you are not extremely knowledgeable about your computer and the registry. The registry is essentially the core of your computer. It holds the necessary code that runs all of your programs on your computer. If an error were to take place during the editing process, you could end up having some very serious and very expensive computer issues. If this is one of the first times that you have dealt with your computer's registry, be sure that you have someone you can go to should you have questions or problems while you are completing the process.

Another way that you can remove XP Antivirus is by installing anti-spyware software that you know to be reliable and safe. There are numerous products to choose from, including ParetoLogic's XoftSpySE which is the one we recommend for removing XP Antivirus. Whatever you do, make sure you do your research before you install anything. Read reviews about the products you are considering, then make your selection.

When you have made your decision, download and install the product on your computer. In most cases, you'll have to update it as soon as you download it. Once your software is ready, scan your computer. Your product should be able to take XP Antivirus off of your computer with no problem.

In order to avoid having similar problems with XP Antivirus or other programs like it, be sure that you update your anti-spyware software on a regular basis. Also, it is important that you test your computer. If you use the internet and your email frequently, you should test your entire computer about once a week. If you only use your computer every once in awhile, then a test once a month should be sufficient.

To Manually Remove XP Antivirus (use at own risk):

Unregister thes XP Antivirus DLL Files:

shlwapi.dll
wininet.dll

Remove these XP Antivirus Files:

xpa.exe
xpa2008.exe
XPAntivirus.exe
XPAntivirusUpdate.exe
shlwapi.dll
wininet.dll
XP antivirus
XPAntivirus.lnk
Uninstall XPAntivirus.lnk
XPAntivirus on the Web.lnk
XPAntivirus.url
XP Antivirus 2008.lnk
Uninstall XP Antivirus 2008.lnk

Delete these XP Antivirus Registry Values:

HKEY_USERSSoftwareXP antivirus



Removing XP Antivirus Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of XP Antivirus and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

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Remove XP Antivirus Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing XP Antivirus please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.


Disclaimer: This webpage was created to provide information on XP Antivirus and how to uninstall it. Manual removal instructions are intended for use by technical experts and should be used at your own risk. We do not own or endorse XP Antivirus.




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