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.
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.
Self Help Guide
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.
- 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
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 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 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:
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 mb3-setup-1878.1878-188.8.131.529.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.
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.
- 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 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.