History of XP Antivirus

XP Antivirus first become a problem in 2008 with a huge number of infections. By 2009 the problem had significantly diminished with some of the operators of the rogue program being caught. In 2010 there was been a resurgence of activity, however.

The Basics

XP Antivirus is a fake antivirus that first appeared in 2007 or 2008. It was made to look very similar to real antivirus programs in order to trick users into thinking that it was genuine. This type of program is also know as a "rogue security" program, "scareware," "malware," or hoax antivirus. The program was owned and operated by a company called Innovative Marketing Ukraine with connections in the Ukraine, Canada, and America. There were three key executives, a British man, a US citizen of Indian origin, and a Canadian named Marc D'Souza. On December 2, 2008 the FTC was able to issue a temporary restraining order against one of the company's web hosts. A US federal judge has since ordered Innovative Marketing and two individuals pay a $163 million judgment.

Statistics for XP Antivirus Strains

Based on search term volume from Google Trends, you can see the peaks and relative volume of searches related to this fake antivirus. Search volume roughly correlates to infected users, giving you a good glimpse of the volume of infections for these different variations from 2007-2010.

XP Antivirus
XP Antispyware
XP Security
XP Guardian
XP Defender
Vista Antivirus
Vista Security
Vista Guardian
Vista Defender

Known Name Variations

"Antivirus" Names
Antivirus XP Antivirus Vista Antivirus Win 7
Antivirus XP 2010 Antivirus Vista 2010 Antivirus Win 7 2010
XP Antivirus Pro Vista Antivirus Pro Win 7 Antivirus Pro
"AntiSpyware" Names
AntiSpyware XP AntiSpyware Vista AntiSpyware Win 7
AntiSpyware XP 2010 AntiSpyware Vista 2010 AntiSpyware Win 7 2010
XP AntiSpyware 2010 Vista AntiSpyware 2010 Win 7 AntiSpyware 2010
"Security" Names
Total XP Security Total Vista Security Total Win 7 Security
XP Security Tool Vista Security Tool Win 7 Security Tool
XP Security Tool 2010 Vista Security Tool 2010 Win 7 Security Tool 2010
XP Smart Security Vista Smart Security Win 7 Smart Security
XP Smart Security 2010 Vista Smart Security 2010 Win 7 Smart Security 2010
XP Security Vista Security Win 7 Security
XP Security 2010 Vista Security 2010 Win 7 Security 2010
XP Internet Security Vista Internet Security Win 7 Internet Security
XP Internet Security 2010 Vista Internet Security 2010 Win 7 Internet Security 2010
"Defender" Names
XP Defender Vista Defender Win 7 Defender
XP Defender Pro Vista Defender Pro Win 7 Defender Pro
"AntiMalware" Names
XP AntiMalware Vista AntiMalware Win 7 AntiMalware
XP AntiMalware 2010 Vista AntiMalware 2010 Win 7 AntiMalware 2010
"Guardian" Names
XP Guardian Vista Guardian Win 7 Guardian

Further Reading

Wikipedia Article on XP Antivirus (aka MS Antivirus)
Reuters on Inovative Marketing Ukraine
New York Times on Banner Incident