Advanced XP Defender DescriptionType: Rogue AntiSpyware Programs
Advanced XP Defender, also known as AXP Defender, is a bogus security application. Fake security applications like Advanced XP Defender belong to a category of malware known as rogue security programs. Rogue security applications are simply programs that impersonate legitimate security programs in order to trick computer users into paying for the bogus protection they offer. In order to carry out their scam, rogue security programs like Advanced XP Defender use misleading messages, fake system alerts and bogus anti-virus scans. Make no mistake about it, Advanced XP Defender is not a legitimate security tool. ESG security analysts recommend dealing with an Advanced XP Defender infection with the help of a reliable anti-malware program. Since Advanced XP Defender may be able to disable various known anti-malware programs, sometimes it is essential to start up your machine in Safe Mode before attempting removal of Advanced XP Defender.
Understanding How Programs Like Advanced XP Defender Steal Your Money
The Advanced XP Defender scam is not particularly sophisticated. In essence, Advanced XP Defender does everything Advanced XP Defender can so its victims will believe that their computer system is on the verge of collapse. Then, Advanced XP Defender offers to fix the nonexistent problems, as well as some that Advanced XP Defender caused itself, as long as the victim is willing to register for a 'full copy' of Advanced XP Defender. Of course, registration is not free, usually requiring that the victim enter their credit card information into Advanced XP Defender's website. Since it is clear that criminals behind Advanced XP Defender do not have your best interests in mind, it is definitely not a good idea to give them your credit card information!
To carry out its attack, Advanced XP Defender makes dangerous alterations to your system settings and to the Windows Registry. These changes allow Advanced XP Defender to start up automatically without the computer user's authorization and to display highly-convincing error notifications that appear to come from the corrupted operating system itself. A computer system infected with Advanced XP Defender will often become slow and unstable and display other problems, such as web browser redirects or issues when trying to launch applications or open certain files. These problems are all designed to do two things: to enhance the illusion that the computer is severely infected with nonexistent malware and to push the victim constantly towards paying for a 'full version' of Advanced XP Defender.
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