XP Antivirus 2008 Removal Process (remove XPAntivirus2008)

April 26, 2008

XP Antivirus 2008 Explanation

XP Antivirus 2008 is a fake anti-spyware application that uses false security alerts or popups to trick you into purchasing a full version of XP Antivirus 2008. XP Antivirus 2008 may enter into your computer through a Trojan infection that is usually obtained from a fake video codec or a malicious website. You know you have XP Antivirus 2008 when you start getting several popups and alert messages that state you have an infection on your system. If you like surfing malicious or porn sites then you may want to watch your steps because XP Antivirus 2008 may be at your front door.

XP Antivirus 2008 or XPAntivirus2008 is the type of program that makes you mad to the point of smashing your computer with a sledge hammer. We don’t recommend you doing that because there is hope for removing XP Antivirus 2008 from your computer so you do not get those annoying popups anymore.

Are you getting popups from XP Antivirus 2008? Have you identified that you have XP Antivirus 2008 installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove XP Antivirus 2008 completely from your computer?

Why should you remove XP Antivirus 2008?

If XP Antivirus 2008 resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that XP Antivirus 2008 may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking XP Antivirus 2008 removal process.

How can you manually remove XP Antivirus 2008

Manual removal of XP Antivirus 2008 may not be for everyone. Each manual XP Antivirus 2008 removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic XP Antivirus 2008 removal process.

XP Antivirus 2008 can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate XP Antivirus 2008 in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find XP Antivirus 2008, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\xp antivirus\options billingregurl
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\xp antivirus\options billingurl2
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\xp antivirus\options billingurlapproved2
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\xp antivirus\options lastrun
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\xp antivirus\options scans
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\xp antivirus\options securityvector
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\xp antivirus\options termsurl
  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing XP Antivirus 2008. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process


  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with XP Antivirus 2008 from your computer.

    %desktopdirectory%\xp antivirus 2008.lnk
    %program_files%\xp antivirus\xpa.exe
    %startmenu%\xp antivirus 2008\xp antivirus 2008.lnk
    %startmenu%\xp antivirus 2008\uninstall xp antivirus 2008.lnk

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with XP Antivirus 2008, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"


  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with XP Antivirus 2008 by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\XP Antivirus 2008 folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed XP Antivirus 2008 completely from your computer. If you find that XP Antivirus 2008 is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic XP Antivirus 2008 removal process.

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