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Removal instructions for XP Total Security 2011 (and its clones)

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What is XP Total Security 2011?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that XP Total Security 2011 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 Total Security 2011?

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

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You will find this icon in your taskbar:

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And see these warnings:

warning1.png

warning2.png

warning3.png

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How did XP Total Security 2011 get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was offered as a movie.

How do I remove XP Total Security 2011?

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

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here

If you are unable to do this from the infected computer directly, 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:

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rename it to mbam.com

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.

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.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of XP Total Security 2011?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes XP Total Security 2011 completely.

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 Total Security 2011 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:


Running processes:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\bus.exe

Note: the filename is random

Alterations made by the installer:



File System
===============
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
Adds the file ea177s7h3r35x1tvw7q0455123xx53rw5d4n"="13:23 23/04/11 8208 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data
Adds the file bus.exe"="12:23 23/04/11 352256 bytes
Adds the file ea177s7h3r35x1tvw7q0455123xx53rw5d4n"="13:23 23/04/11 8208 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp
Adds the file ea177s7h3r35x1tvw7q0455123xx53rw5d4n"="13:23 23/04/11 8208 bytes

Registry
===============
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\DefaultIcon]
"(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\bus.exe" -a "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
"Content Type"="'application/x-msdownload'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\bus.exe" -a "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command]
"(Default)"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\bus.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center]
"AntiVirusOverride"="1"
"FirewallOverride"="1"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\DomainProfile]
"DisableNotifications"="1"
"DoNotAllowExceptions"="0"
"EnableFirewall"="0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile]
"DisableNotifications"="1"
"DoNotAllowExceptions"="0"
"EnableFirewall"="0"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe]
"Content Type"="'application/x-msdownload'"
"(Default)"="'exefile'"
[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\bus.exe" -a "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\DefaultIcon]
"(Default)"="'%1'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile]
"Content Type"="'application/x-msdownload'"
"(Default)"="'Application'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\runas\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\open\command]
"IsolatedCommand"="'"%1" %*'"
"(Default)"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\bus.exe" -a "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\DefaultIcon]
"(Default)"="'%1'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 6424

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

4/23/2011 2:06:18 PM
mbam-log-2011-04-23 (14-06-18).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 132070
Time elapsed: 5 minute(s), 38 second(s)

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

Memory Processes Infected:
c:\documents and settings\{username}\local settings\application data\bus.exe (Spyware.Agent) -> 204 -> 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) -> Value: (default) -> 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\bus.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe") Good: (iexplore.exe) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command\(default) (Broken.OpenCommand) -> Bad: ("C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\bus.exe" -a "%1" %*) Good: ("%1" %*) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
c:\documents and settings\{username}\local settings\application data\bus.exe (Spyware.Agent) -> 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):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention

Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

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Please note that this rogue uses many names which depend on your version of Windows, among others.

The complete list of possible names:

XP Anti-Virus

XP Anti-Virus 2011

XP Anti-Spyware

XP Anti-Spyware 2011

XP Home Security

XP Home Security 2011

XP Total Security

XP Total Security 2011

XP Security

XP Security 2011

XP Internet Security

XP Internet Security 2011

Win 7 Anti-Virus

Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011

Win 7 Anti-Spyware

Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011

Win 7 Home Security

Win 7 Home Security 2011

Win 7 Total Security

Win 7 Total Security 2011

Win 7 Security

Win 7 Security 2011

Win 7 Internet Security

Win 7 Internet Security 2011

Vista Anti-Virus

Vista Anti-Virus 2011

Vista Anti-Spyware

Vista Anti-Spyware 2011

Vista Home Security

Vista Home Security 2011

Vista Total Security

Vista Total Security 2011

Vista Security

Vista Security 2011

Vista Internet Security

Vista Internet Security 2011

They all look alike, only the name is different. And the instructions to remove them are the same.

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