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Windows XP Defender.

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Shrubby, Apr 2, 2010.

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  1. Shrubby

    Shrubby Thread Starter

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    I've been getting loads of Windows XP Defender Pro popups, it's hijacked Firefox/IE, and I can't run EXEs.
    I want to get rid of it, and I've found this site: Link

    But I'm wary of editing anything to do with the registry - is this notepad procedure safe to do?
    Will it do anything but what it says?

    Here's what the site says I should do:

    Code:
    Click Start, Run. Type command and press Enter. Type notepad and  press Enter.
    Notepad opens. Copy all the text below into Notepad.
    
    
     Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
     [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe]
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
     [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"
     [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    @="exefile"
    "Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"
    
    
     Save this as fix.reg to your Desktop (remember to select Save as file  type: All files in Notepad.)
    Double Click fix.reg and click YES for confirm.
    Reboot your computer.
    
    
    Click Start, Run. Type command and press Enter. Type notepad and  press Enter.
    Notepad opens. Copy all the text below into Notepad.
    
    
     [Version]
    Signature="$Chicago$"
    Provider=Myantispyware.com
     [DefaultInstall]
    DelReg=regsec
    AddReg=regsec1
     [regsec]
    HKCU, Software\Classes\.exe
    HKCU, Software\Classes\secfile
    HKCR, secfile
    HKCR, .exe\shell\open\command
     [regsec1]
    HKCR, exefile\shell\open\command,,,"""%1"" %*"
    HKCR, .exe,,,"exefile"
    HKCR, .exe,"Content Type",,"application/x-msdownload"
    
    
     Save this as fix.inf to your Desktop (remember to select Save as file  type: All files in Notepad.)
    Right click to fix.inf and select Install. Reboot your computer.
    
    And then run MWBAM, etc.

    Will this really stop the virus disabling the opening of exes?

    I just want to know if this is safe to do, or if there's an easier/better way of getting rid of Windows XP Defender.
    I'm using XP, of course.

    Thank you all in advance. I'm a n00b at registry stuff.
     
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