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XP Internet Security 2010. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as XPInternetSecurity2010, XPInternet Security 2010, XP Internet Security 2011 | Type: Rogue Antispyware

XP Internet Security 2010 is a rogue security program that reports false threats and displays fake security alerts to make you think that your computer is infected. This malware is distributed through the use of Trojans that usually come from fake online anti-malware scanners or misleading video websites. Once a Trojan virus is installed, it will download and install virus on your PC. Sometimes called as XP Internet Security 2011, the rogue program comes as an update for Windows. The rogue program itself is a typical scareware. It reports false infections and asks to pay for a full version of the program to supposedly remove those infections. The most important thing to remember is that XPInternet Security 2010 is a scam, don’t buy it! Instead please use the removal guide below to remove this infection from your PC as soon as possible.

XP Internet Security 2010 graphical user interface
[Figure 1. XP Internet Security 2010 graphical user interface]

Unfortunately, XP Internet Security 2010 uses aggressive methods to protect itself from being removed. It blocks anti-virus and anti-malware software. It may block other programs too, even if they are not related with computer security. XP Internet Security 2010 has a list of executable files that can be launched and it checks that list every time you open a particular program. What is more, it modifies Windows registry and hijacks Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers. This parasite will display fake security warnings and block certain websites claiming that those websites are dangerous and host malware.

XPInternetSecurity2010 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.exeshellopencommand]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfileshellopencommand]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand]

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

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfile]

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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  1. Guest says:
    February 20th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you! I was able to remove this annoying malware using your manual instructions, and my system is back to normal.

  2. Guest says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Is not letting me import the file it says it's not the right script

  3. Guest says:
    February 25th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    thank you sir. you saved me

  4. Greg says:
    February 25th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    So, the thing is extorting us for money… why doesn't some go and ARREST THOSE A**HOLES….

  5. Guest says:
    February 27th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    right now im on a laptop. so thats why im here, but when i try to download the software, the internet xp crap wont let me. what do i do?

  6. Ginny says:
    February 28th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Thx for the help. One question: how do we get our “subscription” money back?!?

  7. Guest says:
    February 28th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    This happened to me i did te correct thing it took me forever though!!! Ugggh

  8. Aub says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    download Firefox by opening My Computer and typing getfirefox.com in the address bar. then click the link, it'll let you download firefox if you dont already have it.

  9. Guest says:
    March 3rd, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    This is awesome .. really saved my life from this freak.

  10. Guest says:
    March 3rd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    thank you so much. you save my life

  11. Guest says:
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    wtf… followed manual instructions, did step 1 and 2, but i can't seem to find the files that i need to delete. but after doing the first two steps, i no longer get the annoying pop ups and the icon is gone. but where are the files?

  12. Guest says:
    March 4th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    when i open the “exefix” it say “registry editing has been disable by your administration”… what should i do…. help please

  13. Guest says:
    March 4th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    …man, i cant even change my url or go to another link without this this saying i cant go to another site…

  14. Guest says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    This thing sucks, I thought I got rid of it but everytime I restart my computer it comes back.

  15. Guest says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    omg, thank yuo so much, i was scared shitless my mom would think i did that. (she always does ) i just hope it doesn' t come back when i restart the computer :/

  16. Guest says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 3:03 am

    STOPzilla is not free, and the free download does nothing but scan. It would be better to download one of the other malware programs.

  17. Guest says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    get a version of norton 360 i have installed and scanned . i dont know if the av.exe file is still present but it will let me get on the internet and isnt telling me that i have infected files

  18. Guest says:
    March 10th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Thank you Sooooo much!!! It works, what a relief!

  19. Guest says:
    March 12th, 2010 at 5:03 am

    does this work?

  20. türkish says:
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Tskler = Thks you Admin ;=

  21. Guest says:
    March 21st, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    i did this.. and now i cant open ANY .exe files.. and i cant access my registry.. can someone please help me? Thanks

  22. Guest says:
    March 22nd, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I also did this.. and now I cant open ANY .exe files.. and i cant access my registry.. can someone please help me? Help pls!

  23. Guest says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    So what do I delete? is it the “1.*% stuff??

    I cant even run malwarebytes? It wont open what do I do???

  24. Guest says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    This seems like a pretty bull shit extortion scheme. I wouldn't be surprised if spyware doctor is the one behind this virus.

    Why link the program to scan for free if it requires purchase to delete.

  25. Guest says:
    April 3rd, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I would like to try this but when I turn on the computer, I get a blue error screen. Any ideas?

  26. Guest says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    just had this ugly virus…
    so far norton internet program i have got rid of it…
    boy is that money well spent…
    it often gets rid of things before they even have a chance to start

  27. Guest says:
    April 22nd, 2010 at 3:04 am

    the proscees to kill was called ave.exe on my pc

  28. Queen of the Games says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    it doesn't work :S

  29. Damian says:
    April 25th, 2010 at 7:04 am

    manual instruction seems to work:) thx

  30. Guest says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    ya didnt work every time i try and type in notepad it says program blocked cant seem to figure this shit out

  31. Guest says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    spyware doctor costs money ugh.
    i need to get rid of this.
    everything stopped working
    and the xp internet security icon went missing

  32. Guest says:
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    foudn on my machine as PW.exe

  33. Guest says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    PD: CA-VMN is freeware

  34. Guest says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    CA VMN Anti-spyware detect and kill this treat in seconds

  35. Guest says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I ran spybot in safe mode. That took care of the hijack for Malware Bytes (it only opened the virus program when trying to open MB). I then ran MB also in safe mode and it found and killed it all.

  36. Chusnul says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 5:35 am

    let me try and clarify this too you in dummy terms syetsm renovate is not vacant to remove a virus. When a virus infects your computer it corrupts and takes over syetsm files that your computer knows to be safe now if you did a syetsm image and restored your computer with an image that is different. But if you get a virus and renovate your computer to a week ago excellent luck i guess

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