Remove XP Defender 2013 (Uninstall Guide)

  • October 1, 2012
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What is XP Defender 2013?

XP Defender 2013 is a rogue anti-spyware 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
  • Scan Results
  • Fake Security Alert
  • Fake Security Alert #2
  • Fake Windows Security Center

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:

Security breach!
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
System hacked!
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.

XP Defender 2013 Removal Options

Self Help Guide

This guide is intended for advanced computer users only. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding. If you’re uncomfortable making changes to your computer, consider having a professional help clean your computer or ask in the forums.
  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. 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:

    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Screen

    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.

  3. 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 link.

    RKill 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 download link. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.

  4. Once it is downloaded, double-click on the icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with 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 can terminate 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 start again.

  5. At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following location and save it to your desktop:

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)

  6. Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.

  7. Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

  8. 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 Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.

  9. MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.

  10. MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  11. When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.

    MalwareBytes Scan Results

    You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the seleted 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 steps.

  12. You can now exit the MBAM program.

  13. 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:

    How to 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.

View 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"

View Associated XP Defender 2013 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. can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus,Trojan,Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our Am I infected? What do I do? and someone will help you.

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