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What is XP Internet Security?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that XP Internet Security is a fake anti-malware application. These so-called "rogues" use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have been compromised. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these threats. In extreme cases the false threats are actually the very trojans that advertise or even directly install the rogue. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below.

How do I know if I am infected with XP Internet Security?

This is how the main screen of the rogue application looks:

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And see these warnings:

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How did XP Internet Security get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was installed by a trojan.

How do I remove XP Internet Security?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application.

Please follow the detailed instructions posted in the last post in this thread.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application has helped you eradicate this malicious software. If your current security solution let this infection through, you might please consider purchasing the FULL version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware for additional protection.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware would have protected you against the XP Internet Security rogue. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:

C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe

Alterations made by the installer:

  File System
===============
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
Adds the file QJyrk5wvCU1"="21:14 17/03/10 1286 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data
Adds the file ave.exe"="21:13 17/03/10 200704 bytes
Adds the file QJyrk5wvCU1"="21:14 17/03/10 1286 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp
Adds the file QJyrk5wvCU1"="21:14 17/03/10 1286 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Templates
Adds the file QJyrk5wvCU1"="21:14 17/03/10 1286 bytes

Registry
===============
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile]
"Content Type"="'application/x-msdownload'"
"(Default)"="'Application'
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile\shell\start\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile\shell\runas\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile\shell\open\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe" /START "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile\DefaultIcon]
"(Default)"="'%1'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
"(Default)"="'secfile'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\DefaultIcon]
"(Default)"="'%1'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\start\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\runas\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe" /START "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command]
"(Default)"="C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe" /START "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe]
"Content Type"="'application/x-msdownload'"
"(Default)"="'secfile'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\start\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe" /START "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\DefaultIcon]
"(Default)"="'%1'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile]
"Content Type"="'application/x-msdownload'"
"(Default)"="'Application'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\start\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\runas\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe" /START "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\DefaultIcon]
"(Default)"="'%1'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows]
"Identity"="1042655107"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3877
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

3/17/2010 9:44:03 PM
mbam-log-2010-03-17 (21-44-03).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 105479
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 1 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 5
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 1

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe (Rogue.MultipleAV) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command\(default) (Hijack.ExeFile) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile\shell\open\command\(default) (Rogue.MultipleAV) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command\(default) (Hijack.StartMenuInternet) -> Bad: ("C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe" /START "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe") Good: (iexplore.exe) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\(default) (Hijacked.exeFile) -> Bad: (secfile) Good: (exefile) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\FirewallDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\UpdatesDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe (Rogue.MultipleAV) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.

We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • IP-blocks
  • Execution protection

Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

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The malware described above uses several names and adapts to the Windows version in use. You can find other manifestations below.

The removal method is exactly the same.

To limit the number of screen-shots to download, you can view any of particular interest to you by using the links below.

Since they all look alike if you are using the same Windows version, we limited the total download by using this method.

Other manifestations of this malware

XP Defender Pro

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XP Smart Security

XP AntiMalware

XP Security Tool 2010

Vista AntiMalware

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Vista Defender Pro

Vista Internet Security

Total Vista Security

Win 7 AntiMalware 2010

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Win 7 AntiMalware

Win 7 Defender

Antispyware Win 7

Win 7 Smart Security 2010

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Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here

If you are unable to do this from the infected computer diurectly, transfer the file from another computer.

Download the mbam-setup.exe to your desktop.

Now make sure extensions are shown. To do this, please look here

Then rename the mbam-setup.exe: mbamsetupexe.png to mbam-setup.com: mbamsetupcom.png

Then launch mbam-setup.com in order to install Malwarebytes' Anti-malware

Once Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is installed, navigate to your Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and locate the mbam.exe in there:

mbamexe.png

rename it to mbam.com:

mbamcom.png

Now doubleclick mbam.com to launch Malwarebytes' Anti-malware.

  • Click the "Update" tab and click the "Check For updates" button.
  • Once the program has loaded and updates were downloaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
  • The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart, so please allow MBAM to restart.
  • The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.

This should get rid of your problem as you see in the screenshot below:

mbammain.png

You will be prompted to reboot the computer. Once this has been done, please rename mbam.com back to mbam.exe.

You'll see that it will be able to run again.

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