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XP Defender Pro. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as XP Defender Pro | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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XP Defender Pro is a rogue anti-spyware program distributed and installed through the use of Trojans that pretend to be legitimate programs. Once installed, Trojan virus will install the rogue and configure it to start automatically when you log on into your computer. When running, XP Defender Pro will simulate a system scan and report numerous infections on your computer. The rogue program will then claim that it will not remove these files until you first purchase it. This is nothing more but a scam. You should remove this virus from your computer as soon as possible using the removal instructions below.

XP Defender Pro will also display a fake security alerts and fake Windows Security Center screen that will suggest that you purchase XP Defender Pro. The rogue program will also hijack Internet Explorer so that it randomly displays a security warning when you browse the web. This security warning will state that the site you are visiting is infected or malicious and that you should purchase XP Defender Pro to protect yourself. What is more, this fake program will block legitimate antivirus programs and certain Windows system tools to protect itself from being removed.

As you can see, you should not purchase XP Defender Pro. If you have already purchased the program, then you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. The please use the removal instructions below and remove XP Defender Pro from your computer.

XP Defender Pro removal instructions:

1. Click Start->Run (or WinKey+R). Input: “command”. Press Enter or click OK.

2. Type “notepad” as shown in the image below and press Enter. Notepad will open.

3. Copy and past the following text into Notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exe]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfile]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfile]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTexefileshellopencommand]
@=””%1″ %*”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exe]
@=”exefile”
“Content Type”=”application/x-msdownload”

4. Save file as “exefix.reg” (without quotation-marks) to your Desktop.
NOTE: choose Save as type: All files

5. Double-click to open exefix.reg. Click “Yes” for Registry Editor prompt window.

6. Download STOPzilla or an automatic removal tool below. Update STOPzilla and run a full system scan.

If you can’t complete the above steps then please use another PC to download an automatic removal tool and exefix.reg (Right Click (Save Target As)) to download file. Copy these files to USB flash drive or any other external media and transfer them to infected computer. Launch exefix.reg file first and then install STOPzilla.

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Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

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XP Defender Pro snapshot
XP Defender Pro

XP Defender Pro manual removal:

Kill processes:
av.exe

ave.exe



Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellsafemodecommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe" -safe-mode

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetIEXPLORE.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataave.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataave.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataave.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataave.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataave.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellsafemodecommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataave.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe" -safe-mode

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetIEXPLORE.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataave.exe" /START "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "AntiVirusOverride" = "1"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "FirewallOverride" = "1"

Delete files:
av.exe

ave.exe





Delete directories:
C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataQJyrk5wvCU1

%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataQJyrk5wvCU1

%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataWRblt8464P

%UserProfile%Local SettingsTempQJyrk5wvCU1

%UserProfile%TemplatesQJyrk5wvCU1

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  • T

    I did this and ran spyware doctor and it did not work…

  • Guest

    The above instructions to remove the XP defender pro trojan worked out amazingly.
    I was not able to use Internet explorer to even read this page. I used firefox to complete the instructions stated above. Thanks for this post.
    Good Luck.

  • Megan

    Very helpful, my laptop is up and running again! Thank you!