XP Defender 2013 is a
from the Rogue.FakeRean-Braviax
family of computer infections. This program is considered a rogue because it pretends to be a legitimate anti-malware program, but instead hijacks your computer so that you are not able to run your legitimate programs, displays fake security warnings, and shows fake scan results. When XP Defender 2013 is installed it will modify the Windows configuration so that any time you launch a program on your computer, XP Defender 2013 will automatically start. When the rogue starts, it will also terminate any known security programs that are running so that you are unable to use those programs to remove this infection.
XP Defender 2013 screen shot
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While XP Defender 2013 is running it will also display fake security alerts that are worded to make you think that there a serious security issue on your computer. Some of the messages that may pop up include:
Beware! Spyware infection was found. Your system security is at risk. Private information may get stolen, and your PC activity may get monitored. Click for an anti-spyware scan.
XP Defender 2013 Alert
Internet Connection alert!
Suspicious network activity detected!
Malware infection is possible!
XP Defender 2013 Alert
Unknown programs is scanning your system registry right now! Identity theft detected!
Just like the fake scan results, these security alerts are all fake and should be ignored.
As you can see, XP Defender 2013 was created for the sole reason of scaring you into thinking your computer was infected so that you will then purchase the program. It goes without
saying that you should definitely not purchase XP Defender 2013, and if you already have,
please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that
the program is fraudulent and a computer virus. To remove XP Defender 2013 and other
related malware, please use the free removal guide below.
View XP Defender 2013 files.
View XP Defender 2013 Registry Information.
Tools Needed for this fix:
10/01/12 - Initial guide creation.
Automated Removal Instructions for XP Defender 2013 using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Networking. To
do this, turn your computer off and then back on and immediately when you
see anything on the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your
keyboard. Eventually you will be brought to a menu similar to the one below:
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select Safe Mode with Networking
and press Enter on your keyboard. If you are having trouble
entering safe mode, then please use the following tutorial: How
to start Windows in Safe Mode
Windows will now boot into safe mode with networking and prompt you to login
as a user. Please login as the same user you were previously logged in with
in the normal Windows mode. Then proceed with the rest of the steps.
- Now we must first end the processes that belong to
XP Defender 2013
and clean up some Registry settings so they do not interfere with the cleaning
procedure. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following
Download Link - (Download page will open in a new tab or browser window.)
When at the download page, scroll down and click on the click on the link labeled Rkill.com download link. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.
- Once it is downloaded, double-click on the
icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated
XP Defender 2013
and other Rogue programs. Please be patient while the program looks for various
malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will
automatically close and you can continue with the next step. If you get a
message that RKill is an infection, do not be concerned. This message is just
a fake warning given by
XP Defender 2013
when it terminates programs that may potentially remove it. If you run into
these infections warnings that close RKill, a trick is to leave the warning
on the screen and then run RKill again. By not closing the warning, this typically
will allow you to bypass the malware trying to protect itself so that rkill
XP Defender 2013
. So, please try running RKill until the malware is no longer running. You
will then be able to proceed with the rest of the guide. If you continue
having problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions
of RKill from the rkill
download page. All of the files are renamed copies of RKill, which you
can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser
window or tab.
Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will
- Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, from the following location
and save it to your desktop:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link
(Download page will open in a new window)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue
with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings
and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the
Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish
- MBAM will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that
you should update the program before performing a scan. As MBAM will automatically
update itself after the install, you can press the OK button
to close that box and you will now be at the main program as shown below.
- On the Scanner tab, make sure the the Perform
full scan option is selected and then click on the Scan
button to start scanning your computer for
XP Defender 2013
- MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can
take quite a while, so we suggest you go and do something else and periodically
check on the status of the scan. When MBAM is scanning it will look like the
- When the scan is finished a message box will appear as shown in the image
You should click on the OK button to close the message box and continue with
XP Defender 2013
- You will now be back at the main Scanner screen. At this point you should
click on the Show Results button.
- A screen displaying all the malware that the program found will be shown
as seen in the image below. Please note that the infections found may be different
than what is shown in the image.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove
all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry
keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM
may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message
stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer
has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the
- When MBAM has finished removing the malware, it will open the scan log and
display it in Notepad. Review the log as desired, and then close the Notepad
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
- As many rogues and other malware are installed through vulnerabilities found
in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use
Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer. A tutorial on
how to use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs can be found here:
detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector
Your computer should now be free of the XP Defender 2013 program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help
Associated XP Defender 2013 Files:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe "(Default)" = "OFp"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command "IsolatedCommand" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command "(Default)" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command "IsolatedCommand" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OFp "(Default)" = "Application"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OFp "Content Type" = "application/x-msdownload"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OFp\DefaultIcon "(Default)" = "%1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OFp\shell\open\command "(Default)" = ""%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OFp\shell\open\command "IsolatedCommand" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OFp\shell\runas\command "(Default)" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OFp\shell\runas\command "IsolatedCommand" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\safemode\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -safe-mode
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
File Location Notes:
%LocalAppData% refers to the current users Local settings Application Data folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data for Windows 2000/XP. For Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 it is C:\Users\<Current User>\AppData\Local.
Associated XP Defender 2013 Windows Registry Information:
%CommonAppData%\<random characters and numbers>
%LocalAppData%\<random characters and numbers>
%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe
%Temp%\<random characters and numbers>
%UserProfile%\Templates\<random characters and numbers>
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
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