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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

XPSecurityTool

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:XPSecurityTool
Technical name:Adware/XPSecurityTool
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. It can reach the computer via spam messages, fraudulent websites, etc.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:March 17, 2010
Detection updated on:May 3, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

XPSecurityTool is an adware program that warns users of unexisting threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

XPSecurityTool can reach the computer via spam messages, fraudulent websites, etc.

Additionally, it is a rogueware program that is different depending on the operating system installed on your computer.

The following are some of the names of the fake antivirus that can be installed in your computer if you run this file:

% Antispyware 2010

Antivirus % 2010

% Guardian 2010

% Guardian

% Defender 2010

% Antivirus

% Antivirus 2010

% Antivirus Pro

% Antivirus Pro 2010

% Internet Security

% Internet Security 2010

where % stands for the operating system of the computer in which it is going to be installed.

Some examples are: XPAntispyware2010, Vista Guardian, Win 7 Antivirus Pro.

Visible Symptoms 

    

This fake antivirus program is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

  • When it is run and installed, the interface of the program is displayed and starts scanning the system in search for possible malware:

    Interface of XP Defender
  • Once finished, it displays a warning message informing users that the computer is infected:

    Alert message displayed by XP Defender