XP Defender Pro (XPDefenderPro) Virus Removal Guide

XP Defender Pro

Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10

XP Defender Pro is a clone of Total XP Security. The following programs are also similar to XP Defender Pro:

Total XP Security, Total Vista Security, Win 7 AntiMalware 2016, Total Win 7 Security, XP AntiMalware, Vista Security Tool 2016, XP Defender Pro, XP Defender Pro, XP Defender Pro, and Vista Smart Security 2016

XP Defender Pro is a fake antivirus program. The fake antivirus program generally infects systems running Windows XP. XP Defender Pro hopes to trick the user into thinking that it is a real program by using various tactics such as a fake antivirus scan and pop ups. The program is generally installed through the use of a trojan horse. XP Defender Pro main executable is AVE.exe, which is similar to AV.exe. XP Defender Pro will modify the registry; therefore, the registry must be fixed before removing AVE.exe. The comments here may provide insight. AVE.exe is generally a hidden file.

Below is our recommended removal tool for XP Defender Pro. The removal tool has been rated 5 cows out of 5 by Tucows and was previously CNET’s Editor’s Choice. Feel free to download it below.

If you are unable to run the removal tool, or are unable to run any programs in general, you may need to stop the processes associated with XP Defender Pro with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by XP Defender Pro, try using Process Explorer.

Common symptoms and characteristics of XP Defender Pro and other rogue security programs include:
1. XP Defender Pro is generally installed without user permission.
2. XP Defender Pro uses pop ups and fake virus scans to scare the user.
3. Various antivirus and system programs on the user’s computer will stop functioning.

Manual XP Defender Pro Removal – In order to manually remove XP Defender Pro, the processes associated with XP Defender Pro must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before XP Defender Pro entered the computer.

Stop XP Defender Pro Processes (Learn How To Do This)
ave.exe

Remove XP Defender Pro Files (Learn How To Do This)
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\ave.exe

Remove XP Defender Pro Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\XP Defender Pro
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\XP Defender Pro
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\XP Defender Pro

Remove XP Defender Pro Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
ave.exe

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If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to comment below. If you need any help with any of the steps, please don’t hesitate to comment below. We recommend that you follow our safety tips so that you can keep your computer clean Please Click Here to View Our Safety Tips. It is also best to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 for better web browsing security.

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