XP Antivirus is a fake antivirus program. It looks like an anti virus program and when run it tells you it found a number of threats. It then prompts you to spend money in order to remove the alleged threats. The threats it tells you about aren’t real, it’s a scam to get money from you.
The road to XP Antivirus is:
- A malicious ad appears on legitimate web sites. The operators of the web sites hosting this ad aren’t aware of what it is.
- A message appears offering a product called XP Antivirus. The message reads:
- Attention! If your computer is infected, you could suffer data loss, erratic PC behaviour. PC freezes and creahes.
Detect and remove viruses before they damage your computer!
XP antivirus will perform a quick and 100% FREE scan of your computer for Viruses, Spyware and Adware.
Do you want to install XP antivirus to scan your computer for malware now? (Recommended)
(Note: I bolded the typo that appears in the original ad)
A few days ago I mentioned a similar scam for Macs called iMunizator. These things will never let up so take care who you trust. Don’t just run or install unknown programs on your computer.