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24-Mar-2010, 04:08 PM #1
XP Defender malware(?) Hoax?
Hi all you lovely people! Hoping one of you can help me. Currently working on a woefully inadequate laptop, because yesterday, my desktop got hit with something that prevents me from getting to websites.

It is something called XP Defender (leading one to believe it is Windows Defender ... name said : XP DEFENDER "Unregistred version" ... note the typo) ... and yesterday the "scan" it provided said I had 32 viruses. Today, it said 30 viruses. Constant pop-ups with Security Warnings ... Hacking alerts, System Hijacks, etc. After disconnecting it from the Internet modem, I was finally able to run AVG free version, which found and removed 18 minor (?) tracking cookies of the sort I get all the time. The popups and blocking and hijack error message/distractions keep happening. I haven't yet been able to run Ad Aware, since it's not downloaded there. It has disabled my access to AVG and security settings (except as I said above when I found a workaround somehow and was able to run the AVG software).

It has effectively prevented me from getting to the web to download any software, and can get to my home page when connected to Internet only after many attempts. (In some cases, I get only so far then have to shut down their dumb pop-ups and perhaps, if I'm lucky, it will let me then access the web page. In some instances, I get a full page INTERNET EXPLORER error message no access. Also, can't get to my "real" Security center settings ... just keeps popping up "emulated" ones.

I cannot download anything or get anyway, so have disconnected from the Net. Right now, trying to decide whether to just backup my documents and reformat or what -- long ago lost the ability to System Restore and been putting off reformatting cuz I don't know how to get things up and running! (i.e. how to add software for CD/RW etc, video driver, etc.).

Don't know if this was coherently enough stated and/or has enough information to trigger one of you to provide a knowledgeable and easy solution. But, if you're out there, please let me know step 1 should be to fix this myself, if possible. (I am basically literate, but light years from being a techie .. so please speak to me as if I were in Kindergarten with regard to computer stuff.)

Thanks in advance for any help leading to a self-help fix for this. In fact, thanks in advance for any help!

Have a great day, and stay away from viruses!!! LOL


P.S. If you've heard of this, is it really dangerous beyond what it's already doing? (trying to scam me for money and perhaps credit card numbers.) That is, can it really steal my passwords, etc.? And am I safe backing up things like photos, bookmarks, etc. to disc without fear of transmitting a virus?

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24-Mar-2010, 06:51 PM #2
No one replied to my thread ... I tried something I thought wouldn't work, but it did!!! My System Restore stopped working long ago, so I had thought it was useless to try. But I tried it, and it seems to have removed this pesky intruder.

I wrote a private message to you, ortho, suggesting you try that. Hope it works for you
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