Technical Overview

Want a bit more information on XP Antivirus to fight it yourself? This page has some extra information that may be of help. Some topics discussed may only be of interest to expert users. Remember, we are legally obliged to warn you to proceed at your own risk doing anything described below or using our program.

How does XP Antivirus get installed?

XP Antivirus is typically installed by either tricking you into installing it or exploiting technologies like Flash, PDF files, or Javascript. Some users have reported being tricked into installing Flash to view a video and to actually be installing XP Antivirus. Other infections have been traced back to just viewing a webpage that had an infected Flash banner ad running on it (this even happened on the New York Times).

How does XP Antivirus stop some program from opening?

One of XP Antivirus's tricks to to hijack EXE association in the registry. It forces all EXE requests to go through XP Antivirus, allowing it to control which programs you can or cannot open. This is how it can prevent the Antivirus program you downloaded from the internet from running but still allow you to use Internet Explorer or Word.

How to fix EXE Hijacking?

If you have downloaded and installed XP Antivirus Remover, running the program should fix this problem. You can also go to Start > Programs > XP Antivirus Remover > "Click if program won't open". This will run a fix for to patch this malicious change to the registry. Alternatively, you can download, unzip, and open the exe registry fix here too. Want to do it yourself? Just Google "fix exe association."

How to kill processes?

Do you want to kill an active process to try and stop XP Antivirus from running? Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete, open Task Manager, click on Processes. From this list you can select any individual process and click End Process. XP Antivirus is most commonly known as av.exe or ave.exe. But it has also been known to go by other names. Ending the process for Windows processes can be dangerous and potential cause your computer to not work or require a restart. Find our more about what different processes are by Googling their exe names.

Where else to find XP Antivirus files?

It is very hard to say in what directories or under what names XP Antivirus has installed itself. Once you have stopped it from running and fixed the EXE association, it is strongly recommended to run a commercial antivirus to find anything else it may have installed. You can also do a custom search on your C drive to find all files either created or modified at the time of infection. This method may help you identify other culprits.

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