Windows XP Fix

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 15,792
Threat Level: 100 % (High)
Infected Computers: 18
First Seen: July 8, 2011
Last Seen: May 6, 2024
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows XP Fix Image

Windows XP Fix is a harmful rogue defragmentation application and belongs to an extensive family of rogue security programs, the FakeSysDef family. Windows XP Fix pretends to be a disk defragmentation and computer optimization tool, but is really an application designed to trick you solely into buying Windows XP Fix's licensed version. Bogus programs like Windows XP Fix do not show its true intentions until it's too late and they are able to regenerate themselves if not completely removed from a compromised machine. Remember to ignore all claims and notifications issued by Windows XP Fix and never give Windows XP Fix your credit card information.

Among the many other bogus defragmenters and fake anti-spyware programs, all clones of Windows XP Fix, are System Defragmenter, Ultra Defragger, HDD Control, Win HDD, Win Defrag, Win Defragmenter, Disk Doctor, Hard Drive Diagnostic, HDD Diagnostic, HDD Plus, HDD Repair, HDD Rescue, Smart HDD, Defragmenter, HDD Tools, Disk Repair, Windows Optimization Center, Scanner, HDD Low, Hdd Fix.

How Windows XP Fix Infects Your Computer

Windows XP Fix is typically installed by a Trojan (e.g. the Zlob Trojan). Trojans associated with Windows XP Fix are usually installed without the computer user's knowledge. Here are some common ways in which Trojans can be downloaded and installed on a PC:

  • Trojans are often disguised as other files. Typically, Trojans may be disguised as popular downloadable programs on file-sharing networks, video codecs for viewing adult videos or pirated streaming movies, or system updates from a third-party website.
  • A dangerous website can have a malicious script embedded in its web pages that forces and secretly downloads Trojan files onto a person's computer.
  • Trojans can also enter your computer system through exploits in Flash and JavaScript. A typical way of getting a Trojan is through a fake online malware or computer performance scan.

The Windows XP Fix Bogus Interface

Once Windows XP Fix is installed, the Trojan makes changes to the Windows Registry. This allows Windows XP Fix to start up automatically when you log into your system. When the computer user looks at their Desktop, he/she will be greeted by the Windows XP Fix main screen. This interface has three parts:

  • On the top section, there is a horizontal list of options, including a very convincing "Help & Support" button.
  • The main section of the window includes different options; there's a red exclamation mark beside three or four of these options (indicating a supposed problem in the user's computer).
  • On the right side, there will be three different modules. The bottom module will have the "Advanced Module" disabled. To enable the "Advanced Module", the computer user would have to enter his/her credit card information. Conveniently enough, all the imaginary errors require the use of the "Advanced Module."

All of the convincing options, scans, and modules are there to convince further the victim the scam is legitimate. Windows XP Fix's interface is only a feeble attempt to imitate reputable Windows defragmentation tools. Regardless of your hard disk's state, the results of any scan will always be exaggerated and riddled with falsehoods. The real infection on your computer is Windows XP Fix. Remove Windows XP Fix with a strong malware/rootkit removal utility.ScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshot

SpyHunter Detects & Remove Windows XP Fix

File System Details

Windows XP Fix may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. eHmcHPSHLtmC.exe ada7d96cb1d4f576f5ac573f541bdd7f 4
2. 16703272.exe 1d1da13cfeaf3c81f25791a0fe87f94a 3
3. %LocalAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
4. %StartMenu%\Programs\Windows XP Fix\Uninstall Windows XP Fix.lnk
5. %StartMenu%\Programs\Windows XP Fix\
7. %StartMenu%\Programs\Windows XP Fix\Windows XP Fix.lnk

Registry Details

Windows XP Fix may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "CertificateRevocation" = '0'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations "LowRiskFileTypes" = '/{hq:/s`s:/ogn:/uyu:/dyd:/c`u:/bnl:/ble:/sdf:/lrh:/iul:/iulm:/fhg:/clq:/kqf:/`wh:/lqf:/lqdf:/lnw:/lq2:/l2t:/v`w:/rbs:'
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "DisableTaskMgr" = '1'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced "Hidden" = '0'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop "NoChangingWallPaper" = '1'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = '1'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Use FormSuggest" = 'yes'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = '0'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments "SaveZoneInformation" = '1'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download "CheckExeSignatures" = 'no'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced "ShowSuperHidden" = '0'


The following messages associated with Windows XP Fix were found:

Critical Error
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.
Critical Error
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.
Critical Error
Hard drive critical error. Run a system diagnostic utility to check your hard disk drive for errors. Windows can't find hard disk space. Hard drive error.
Critical Error
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.
Critical Error!
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.
Critical Error!
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file \System32\496A8300. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware.
Fix Disk
Windows XP Fix Diagnostics will scan the system to identify performance problems.
Start or Cancel
Hard Drive Failure
The system has detected a problem with one or more installed IDE / SATA hard disks. It is recommended that you restart the system.
Low Disk Space
You are running very low disk space on Local Disk (C:).
System Error
An error occurred while reading system files. Run a system diagnostic utility to check your hard disk drive for errors.
System Restore
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.
Windows - No Disk
Exception Processing Message 0x0000013
Windows XP Fix Diagnostics
Windows detected a hard disk error.
A problem with the hard drive sectors has been detected. It is recommended to download the following sertified software to fix the detected hard drive problems. Do you want to download recommended software?


Ran all the programs (kaspersky, malewarebytes, etc) and they kept finding viruses the others missed. While running kaspersky in safe mode, another Fix XP fake screen popped up. Then my computer crashed and will not re-boot.

This one is ugly. Why can't we go after the jerks who created it?


The creators of malware are in most cases highly professional and manage to cover their tracks very well. It is amazing sometimes how well the trojans and fake antivirus software are elaborated.

Regarding your blue screen problem - your best hope is to run System Repair from your windows CD. After this you can try SpyHunter it will detect, kill and remove the infection completely.


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