## How to remove XP Police Antivirus (Removal Guide)

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### Lawrence Abrams

• January 26, 2009

## What is XP Police Antivirus?

Skip this and learn how to remove XP Police Antivirus!

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 addresses.

• 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:

Trojan Detected!

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 guide is intended for advanced computer users only. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding. If you are uncomfortable making changes to your computer or following these steps, do not worry! Instead you can get free one-on-one help by asking in the forums.
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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.

##### Rkill

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Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.

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##### Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
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Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup-bc.1878-2.2.1.1043.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

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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.

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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.

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Now that you have enabled rootkit scanning, click on the Scan button to go to the scan screen.

Make sure Threat Scan is selected and then click on the Start Scan button. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.

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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.

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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.

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You can now exit the MBAM program.

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##### HitmanPro

When you visit the above page, please download the version that corresponds to the bit-type of the Windows version you are using.

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Once downloaded, double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.

Now click on the Next button to continue with the scan process.

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You will now be at the HitmanPro setup screen. If you would like to install the 30 day trial for HitmanPro, select the Yes, create a copy of HitmanPro so I can regularly scan this computer (recommended) option. Otherwise, if you just want to scan the computer this one time, please select the No, I only want to perform a one-time scan to check this computer option.

Once you have selected one of the options, please click on the Next button.

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HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for infections. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown 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 Next button to have HitmanPro remove the detected infections. When it is done you will be shown a Removal Results screen that shows the status of the various infections that were removed. At this screen you should click on the Next button and then if prompted you should click on the Reboot button. If HitmanPro does not prompt you to reboot, please just click on the Close button.

Once your computer has has restarted or you pressed the Close button, you should now be at your Windows desktop.

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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:

How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector

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:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help

### Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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!

View Associated XP Police Antivirus Files

c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\AVCoreFn.dll c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\bdconf.cfg c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Core.dll c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\setup.dat c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\xppolice.exe c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\ceva_dll.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\ceva_emu.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\ceva_vfs.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\ceva_vfs.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\cevakrnl.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\cevakrnl.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\cevakrnl.rvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\cookie.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\cran.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\cran.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\e_spyw.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\e_spyw.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\emalware.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\gvmscripts.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\hpe.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\java.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\mdx_97.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\mdx_97.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\mdx_w95.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\mdx_x95.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\mdx_xf.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\mobmalware.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\na.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\nelf.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\regarch.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\regscan.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\rup.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\sdx.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\sdx.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\unpack.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\unpack.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\vb0.dat c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\vb1.dat c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\vb2.dat c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\ve.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\ve.ivd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\Plugins\vedata.cvd c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\sounds c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\sounds\alert.wav c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\sounds\click.wav c:\Program Files\XPPoliceAntivirus\sounds\fire.wav %UserProfile%\Desktop\XP Police Antivirus.LNK %UserProfile%\Start Menu\XP Police Antivirus.LNK

File Location Notes:

%UserProfile% refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> for Windows 2000/XP, C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7/8, and c:\winnt\profiles\<Current User> for Windows NT.

View Associated XP Police Antivirus Registry Information

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\XP Police Antivirus HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{b6b571fb-b71d-449c-ad70-82e966328795}

### This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.

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