XP Antivirus 2014

Also Known As: XP Antivirus 2014 scam
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

XP Antivirus 2014 removal instructions

What is XP Antivirus 2014?

XP Antivirus 2014 is a fake security scanner originating from a family of fake antivirus programs called Braviax/FakeRean. Cyber criminals responsible for releasing this scam hope that computer users will fall for the trickery displayed by this fake software and purchase the license key. When XP Antivirus 2014 infiltrates PCs via detected security vulnerabilities, it imitates the behavior of a legitimate antivirus program and then generates a large list of supposedly-detected malware and viruses. Do not trust this detection list - it is a scam. None of the security infections indicated by XP Antivirus 2014 actually exist on your computer.

xp antivirus 2014 fake antivirus program

To make the false detection list appear more realistic, this rogue program also blocks execution of all installed programs and generates fake security warning pop-ups. These messages state that user's PC is at risk and that the only solution is to purchase XP Antivirus 2014. Do not purchase this program under any circumstances - cyber criminals will gain access to your banking information, which could lead to further money thefts. Rogue programs from the Braviax/FakeRean family are capable of changing their names according to the infected operating system. For example, XP Antivirus 2014 rogue on a computer using the Windows 7 operating system appear as Win 7 Antivirus 2014.

As with all rogue antivirus programs from the Braviax family, XP Antivirus 2014 is distributed using security vulnerabilities detected on PCs. Other methods used to proliferate this rogue software include displaying fake online security warning messages, using Trojans, and drive-by downloads. If you observe XP Antivirus 2014 scanning your computer for security infections, you are dealing with fake antivirus software that should not be trusted. The correct way to deal with this program is to eliminate it from your PC. To avoid security infections such as these, use legitimate antivirus and antispyware programs and keep your operating system and installed software up-to-date (Flash, Java, etc.) This makes infiltration of your computer a more complicated task for cyber criminals.

Examples of fake security warning messages displayed by XP Antivirus 2014:

“System security threat was detected. Viruses and/or spyware may be damaging your system now. Prevent infection and data loss or stealing by running a free security scan”

 

“XP Antivirus 2014 has blocked a program from accessing the internet - This program is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords”

 

“XP Antivirus 2014 Alert - System Hacked! Unknown program is scanning your system registry right now! Identity theft detected”

 

“Tracking software found! Your PC activity is being monitored. Possible spyware infection. Your data security may be compromised. Sensitive data can be stolen. Prevent damage now by completing a security scan”

XP Antivirus 2014 rogue antivirus performing a fake computer security scan:

xp antivirus 2014 performing a fake computer security scan

XP Antivirus 2014 blocking Internet access:

Internet Explorer alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system!
Possible reasons include:


Dangerous code found in this site’s pages which installs unwanted software into your system.
Suspicious and potentially unwanted network activity detected.
Spyware infection in your system.
Complaints from other users about this site.
Port and system scans performed by the site being visited.

Things you can do:


Get a copy of “XP Antivirus 2014” to safeguard your PC while surfing the web (RECOMMENDED)
Run a spyware, virus and malware scan
Continue surfing without any security measures (DANGEROUS)

xp antivirus 2014 blocking Internet access

XP Antivirus 2014 blocking execution of installed programs:

XP Antivirus 2014 has blocked a program from accessing the Internet. This program is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card detail and passwords.

xp antivirus 2014 blocking execution of installed programs

XP Antivirus 2014 displaying a fake Windows Security Center:

XP Antivirus 2014 reports that it is currently turned off. Antivirus software helps protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click Recommendations for suggested actions you can take.

 xp antivirus 2014 displaying a fake Windows Security Center

Instant automatic removal of XP Antivirus 2014 scam: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of XP Antivirus 2014 scam. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

XP Antivirus 2014 removal:

Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Booting Windows XP to Safe mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows XP in "Safe Mode with Networking":

After booting your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try downloading and running the recommended antimalware software. If the download is blocked, follow the instructions presented below.

IMPORTANT! XP Antivirus 2014 rogue antivirus damages Windows Security Center. After removing this fake antivirus program, download the registry fix presented below. After downloading, double-click it and click Yes (when asked to merge data).

Windows XP registry fix for braviax/fakerean

 

NOTE: If you cannot run the remover, try to right-click on it and select "Run as administrator". If the installation of the malware remover fails, or you cannot open the .exe files, try one of the alternative download locations below:

  • Location 1 (the file is renamed to "iexplore.exe", since most spyware does not block this file)
  • Location 2

If, after or before, removal of this fake antivirus you are unable to run any of your installed software, XP Antivirus 2014 has modified your operating system's .exe file associations. To fix this, download the registry fix (link below). Save it to your computer, double click it, click "Yes", and then "OK". After rebooting your PC, file associations should function normally.

If you cannot open your browser (Internet Explorer,  Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome):

XP Antivirus 2014 hijacks Internet browsers, modifies registry settings, and disables execution of programs. In such cases, our developers have created a custom installer - useful when you are unable to browse the Internet or execute .exe files. It starts like an MS-Dos program, runs some registry fixes, and then initiates execution of an installer. This installer was tested on the Windows 7, Windows Vista, and XP operating systems infected with the most common spyware infections.

To use this installer, click "Start" and select "Run".

Downloading installer on Windows XP step 1 - accessing

In the Search field enter this link:  www.pcrisk.com/installer.com and then press ENTER.

Downloading installer on Windows XP step 2 - using


XP Antivirus 2014 will generate a fake warning after pressing ENTER. Please ignore this and click "No, stay unprotected..." on this message.

File download dialogue will appear reporting that you are downloading the file, installer.com. Click Run, wait for download to complete, and then follow the on-screen instructions. Windows may warn you that opening unknown files may be unsafe. Please ignore these warnings.

If your Internet browsers work, use this button to download the customized installer.

IMPORTANT! XP Antivirus 2014 rogue antivirus damages Windows Security Center. After removing this fake antivirus program, download the registry fix presented below. After downloading, double-click it and click Yes (when asked to merge data).

 

If installation or downloading fails:

If you are still unable to run or download the removal tool, download the registry fix file. It enables normal execution of applications and fixes web browser errors. Click on the link below, and when download completes, click run, click yes, and then OK.

If installation of the malware remover fails, try our Customized installer built by our technicians to bypass infections and install removers regardless.

If you cannot access your Internet browsers using the infected computer, use a clean system to download this remover and use removable media (such as a CD, USB, etc.) to transfer it to the infected PC. Note that this rogue also blocks execution of programs. If you are using a clean PC to download the remover, also download the registry fix (download link below) provided. Transfer both files to the infected machine, first run the registry fix, and then run the full scan with the recommended remover.

Win XP Antivirus 2014 removal (optional method):

XP Antivirus 2014 rogue blocks execution of all installed software - this makes its removal complicated. The best way to eliminate this rogue is to login to an unaffected user account and run a security scan from it. If available, please login to a "Guest" account and follow the removal steps provided below. If your "Guest" user account is not activated, follow these steps:

Click "Start", select "Settings" and click on "Control Panel".

Turning on a guest user on Windows XP step 1 - accessing Control Panel

In the opened window, click "User Accounts".

Turning on a guest user on Windows XP step 2 - accessing User Accounts

In the opened window, click on "Guest".

Turning on a guest user on Windows XP step 3 - clicking

In the next window, click the "Turn On the Guest Account" button.

Turning on a guest user on Windows XP step 4 - clicking

Restart your PC, when the Windows log on screen appears, select the "Guest" user, and then continue with the removal steps provided below.

After logging into your Guest account, download recommended malware removal software and run a full system scan to completely eliminate this fake antivirus software from your PC.

Manual XP Antivirus 2014 removal instructions

Some spyware can block the downloading of spyware removers. If you cannot download it using the default location, try one of the alternative download locations below:

  • Location 1 (the file is renamed to "iexplore.exe", since most spyware does not block this file)
  • Location 2

If installation of the remover fails, please  try downloading the customized installer, which was built by our technicians to bypass spyware infections. Download customized installer

If you still cannot download or run the spyware removing software, please perform these steps:

Step 1
Download the registry fix for XP Antivirus 2014 malware. This fix removes registry entries that disallow execution of programs in some variants of this spyware. To download it, click the link below. After downloading, double click xp_av_fix.reg file, click Yes, and then click OK.

Step 2
Some variants of this spyware modify the system proxy settings so that you are unable to access the Internet (or website addresses are redirected to malicious or phishing websites). To reset the proxy settings to default, download and run this tool:

Step 3
XP Antivirus 2014 modifies the system Hosts file. The Hosts file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious sites, despite seeing legitimate URLs in address bar. It is difficult to determine whether sites are genuine when the Hosts file is modified. To fix this, download the Microsoft Fix It tool, which restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:

Step 4
That's It! You can now try to download the Malware remover or install and run it if already downloaded. In most cases, this leads to success, but if not, please describe your problem in our FORUM and our technicians will try to help you.

IMPORTANT! XP Antivirus 2014 rogue antivirus damages Windows Security Center. After removing this fake antivirus program, download the registry fix presented below. After downloading, double-click it and click Yes (when asked to merge data).

Windows XP registry fix for braviax/fakerean

 

Other tools known to remove XP Antivirus 2014:

Summary:

The fake antivirus programs (also known as "rogue antivirus programs" or "scareware") are applications that tries to lure computer users into paying for their non-existent full versions to remove the supposedly detected security infections (although the computer is actually clean). These bogus programs are created by cyber criminals who design them to look as legitimate antivirus software. Most commonly rogue antivirus programs infiltrate user's computer using poop-up windows or alerts which appear when users surf the Internet. These deceptive messages trick users into downloading a rogue antivirus program on their computers. Other known tactics used to spread scareware include exploit kits, infected email messages, online ad networks, drive-by downloads, or even direct calls to user's offering free support.

A computer that is infected with a fake antivirus program might also have other malware installed on it as rogue antivirus programs often are bundled with Trojans and exploit kits. Noteworthy that additional malware that infiltrates user's operating system remains on victim's computer regardless of whether a payment for a non-existent full version of a fake antivirus program is made. Here are some examples of fake security warning messages that are used in fake antivirus distribution:

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 1

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 2

Computer users who are dealing with a rogue security software shouldn't buy it's full version. By paying for a license key of a fake antivirus program users would send their money and banking information to cyber criminals. Users who have already entered their credit card number (or other sensitive information) when asked by such bogus software should inform their credit card company that they have been tricked into buying a rogue security software. Screenshot of a web page used to lure computer users into paying for a non-existent full version of xp antivirus 2014 scam and other rogue antivirus programs:

example of a webpage used to collect payments for fake antivirus programs

To protect your computer from xp antivirus 2014 scam and other rogue antivirus programs users should:

  • Keep their operating system and all of the installed programs up-to-date.
  • Use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
  • Use caution when clicking on links in social networking websites and email messages.
  • Don't trust online pop-up messages which state that your computer is infected and offers you to download security software.

Symptoms indicating that your operating system is infected with a fake antivirus program:

  • Intrusive security warning pop-up messages.
  • Alerts asking to upgrade to a paid version of a program to remove the supposedly detected malware.
  • Slow computer performance.
  • Disabled Windows updates.
  • Blocked Task Manager.
  • Blocked Internet browsers or inability to visit legitimate antivirus vendor websites.

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