XP Police Antivirus is a new program that attempts to deliberately trick you into thinking you are infected. It does this by displaying security warnings from your Windows taskbar, by displaying a fake Windows Security Center window, and by showing fake infections after scanning your computer. It is for these reasons that we categorize this program as a rogue anti-spyware program.
When XP Police Antivirus is installed on to your computer it will add an entry to your Windows registry so that the program starts automatically when you boot the computer. Once the program is loaded it will automatically scan your computer and list a large amount of infections. These infections, though, cannot be removed unless you first purchase XP Antivirus Police. This is a scam as the infections that are found do not actually exist on your computer. They are only being shown in order to scare you into thinking you are infected and hoping that you will purchase their software.
While the program is running you may also encounter other undesirable behavior such as:
- When browsing the web in Internet Explorer you will randomly be shown a
page stating that there was "Insecure Internet acitivity. Threat
of virus attack". It will then prompt you to either purchase XP
Police Antivirus or continue to the page you were requesting. Regardless of
the answer you select, it will still open the purchase page for the rogue.
- Alerts pretending to be firewall alerts stating that your computer is sending
hidden data to a remote computer.
- A fake Windows Security Center that states that "Windows Security
center reports that 'XP Police Antivirus' is inable <sic>"
and that you should purchase the software. This Window is just a fake and
is not the actual Windows Security Center and should be ignored.
- A fake alert in the form of a small box appearing above your Windows taskbar
stating that your computer is sending unauthorized information to random IP
- A small balloon alert stating that a Trojan was detected and that you should
purchase XP Police Antivirus to protect yourself. The text of this alert is:
A piece of malicious code was found in your system which can replicate itself if no action is taken. Click here to have your system cleaned by XP Police Antivirus.
- Your computer beginning to act slower due to XP Police using up your computer's resources while performing the above actions.
If you encounter any of the above alerts, they should all be ignored as they are displaying false information. Instead please use the guide below to remove XP Police Antivirus program and any associated malware for free.
Self Help Guide
This removal guide may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that will be used. It was only written this way to provide clear, detailed, and easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove this infection for free. Before using this guide, we suggest that you read it once and download all necessary tools to your desktop. After doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your browser window or reboot your computer.
To terminate any programs that may interfere with the removal process we must first download the Rkill program. Rkill will search your computer for active malware infections and attempt to terminate them so that they wont interfere with the removal process. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following link.
When at the download page, click on the Download Now button labeled iExplore.exe. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.
Once it is downloaded, double-click on the iExplore.exe icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with XP Police Antivirus and other malware. 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 a log file will open. Please review the log file and then close so you can continue with the next step. If you have 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.
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:
Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.
Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup-bc.1878-18.104.22.1684.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 Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
We now need to enable rootkit scanning to detect the largest amount of malware that is possible with MalwareBytes. To do this, click on the Settings section at the top of the MalwareBytes application and you wil be brought to the general settings section.
Now click on the Detection and Protection settings category on the left sidebar. You will now be shown the settings MalwareBytes will use when scanning your computer.
At this screen, please put a checkmark in the option labaled Scan for rootkits. If you do not see this option, please make sure you are using the latest version of MalwareBytes.
Now that you have enabled rootkit scanning, click on the Scan button to go to the scan screen.
Make sure Threat ScanStart Scan button. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.
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.
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.
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.
You can now exit the MBAM program.
As many malware and unwanted programs 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:
Your computer should now be free of the XP Police Antivirus program. If your current security solution allowed this program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured 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 link ed below:
Purchase the full-featured version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, which includes real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and website filtering, to protect yourself against these types of threats in the future!