XP Security Plus 2013 - How to remove?
What is XP Security Plus 2013?
XP Security Plus 2013 is a fake antivirus. This means that it detects non-existent PC threats which will not be “removed” without purchasing the full version. While many security tools are paid ones, XP Security Plus 2013 has no real database, the detected threats are randomly chosen ones thus it is a scam that should be removed. Additionally, no real antivirus enters PC system with trojans or exploits, so you should know if the software was downloaded by you, or by PC parasites.
XP Security Plus 2013 is not very new parasite. It is a clone of multiple fakeRean rogues, and XP in its name means that it infected PC runs Windows XP OS. On other OS’es the version might be differently, for Windows 7 the name will be Win 7 Security Plus 2013, on Vista – Vista Security Plus 2013, and on windows server eddition – Windows Server Security Plus 2013. It might also use different names too. Best to our knowledge, this malware does not work on Windows 8 yet.
The most annoying part of XP Security Plus 2013 is that it is difficult to remove. First of all, it might use rootkit to protect its own processes. Additionally, it will mess .exe file execution so you might have problems launching legitimate programs. For fixing this issue, we recommend downloading this fix and installing it into registry (will work till parasite is relaunched):
You can download it by entering this url in Start->run box, just make sure you click confirm in XP Security Plus 2013 alert box and move other windows aside.
To kill malware processes automatically and delete the threat I recommend running scan with Spyhunter. If program does not launch, rename it to .com and try again.
Spyhunter program should kill XP Security Plus 2013 process on launch. If it does not, there are alternate removal instructions for versions with heavy rootkit:
1. Import eregfix like in the guide above.
2. Download TDSS Killer from http://support.kaspersky.com/downloads/utils/tdsskiller.exe
3. Run it, if it detects something and asks for reboot, do so, but press F8 during reboot. Choose safe mode.
4. Run MSCOnfig, disable all startup entries
5. Reboot and boot normally, run spyhunter and delete what it finds.
Decent antivirus and anti-malware programs protect from XP Security Plus 2013 and similar threats automatically. Even if they fail occasionally, they are worth to use.
Here a video guide for similar pc parasite:
Automatic XP Security Plus 2013 removal tools
Manual XP Security Plus 2013 removal
Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove XP Security Plus 2013, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using StopZilla or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.
It is impossible to list all file names and locations of modern parasites. You can identify remaining parasites, other XP Security Plus 2013 infected files and get help in XP Security Plus 2013 removal by using StopZilla scanner.