XP Smart Defender is a dangerous program, which belongs to the ‘rogue anti-spyware’ category. It is set for the only aim – to make its victims believe that they have numerous problems on their computers. For that, it secretly infects the machine that runs Windows XP OS and then starts ‘scanning’ its system. Of course, it additionally ‘detects’ numerous viruses and offers its paid services for their removal. Before you fall for this scam, you must keep in mind that XP Smart Defender is released by scammers only to make you forget about normal computer routine and then steal your money. This program can return only fake virus detection reports because it has no virus database. Please, remove XP Smart Defender ASAP.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH XP SMART DEFENDER?
XP Smart Defender is distributed by Trojan horse, which gets into a computer using its backdoors. So, the main way how you can prevent this rogue is to use updated anti-virus and anti-spyware versions and avoid security holes on your OS. Once it gets inside, it begins its malicious activity with Registry’s modifications and also adds some harmless files on the system. Of course, these changes remain unnoticed but there are many other signs that clearly say that your PC is infected with XP Smart Defender. It will start popping up with its fake system scanners and bogus alerts about dangerous malware detected. For example:
XP Smart Defender Firewall Alert
Iexplore.exe is infected with Trojan.JS.Fraud.ba. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.
Windows recommends activate XP Smart Defender
System Security Alert!
Background scan for security breaches has been finished. Serious problems have been detected. Safeguard your system against exploits, malware and viruses right now by activating Proactive Defence.
System Security Alert!
Unknown program is scanning your system registry right now! Identify the theft detected!
Please, ignore these and similar alerts that belong to XP Smart Defender because they are fake! This program is a huge scam that seeks to scare you and get you out of your money. You must remove this scam immediately!
HOW TO REMOVE XP Smart Defender?
When finding out that your PC is infected with XP Smart Defender, scan it with updated anti-spyware. In this case, you should use Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Reimage. If you can't launch then because this virus blocks it, use these steps:
1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking. Just reboot your PC and, as soon as it starts booting up, start pressing F8 repeatedly.
2. Loggin as the same user as you were in normal Windows mode
3. Now click on IE or other browser and select 'Run As' or 'Run As administrator', enter your Administrator account password (if needed).
4. Enter this link to your address bar: http://www.2-spyware.com/download/hunter.exe and download a program on your desktop. Launch it to kill the malicious processes of XP Smart Defender and remove its files.
XP Smart Defender manual removal:
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand = “”%CommonAppData%pcdfdata[RANDOM].exe” /ex “%1″ %*”
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellrunascommand = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exe “Content Type” = ‘application/x-m’
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeDefaultIcon “(Default)” = ‘%1′
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun pcdfsvc = “%CommonAppData%pcdfdata[RANDOM].exe /min”
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellrunascommand “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1″ %*’
%CommonPrograms%XP Smart DefenderXP Smart Defender.lnk
%CommonPrograms%XP Smart DefenderXP Smart Defender Help and Support.lnk
%CommonDesktopDir%XP Smart Defender.lnk