Contributed by: Daniel Stoyanov
Date: June 24, 2011
As it has been already figured out, XP Antivirus 2012 is considered to be one of the latest rogueware applications, which tries to gain access to computers. It pretends to be legitimate security software but in fact is a Trojan based program that is aimed only at misleading innocent victims into purchasing its full version.
This virus can be seen under different names such as Win 7 Antispyware 2012, Vista Antivirus 2012, XP Security 2012, etc. All of these infections are transferred either via fake online anti-malware scanners or while browsing hacked web sites. The application has been created in such a way that it is downloaded and installed without your knowledge and permission. When it enters your PC, it pretends that the system is in trouble and there is severe infection. To make you believe in these empty threats it will display false scan results, which state that numerous viruses have been detected.
After inspection of the virus, VirusTotal provided the following information: antivirus applications detect this program as an intruder 31 times out of 42, e.g. 73,8% of scan results report this application as malicious.
The size of the installation file of this application is 339968 bytes.It also uses the MD5 signature ae331dd3ba5b83f806a1bc9099c854a8. These characteristics can help you identify this program.
Although this application may seem harmless actually it can cause serious problems. It starts with installing itself without your knowledge. Once active, the virus displays numerous annoying pop-up messages and frightening alerts. It can connect to the Internet without your permission or slow the connection. Eventually, this malicious program slows your computer performance. To protect your personal information you have to remove the application. Only in this way you can ensure the safety of your computer.