Windows XP Recovery (WindowsXPRecovery) Virus Removal Guide
Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10
Windows XP Recovery is a new fake disk optimization program. It can also be confused with Windows Recovery, which is also a fake disk optimization program. The program was released in early to mid May and is a clone of previous fake optimization programs such as Windows Fix Disk and Windows Restore. A disk optimization program is designed to optimize the computer hard drive so that the computer can perform better. It generally will do this by moving files around on the hard drive for faster access and removing unneeded files. However, Windows XP Recovery is a fake program. Windows XP Recovery may also hide files on your computer in order to scare the user into purchasing the program; however, it is important to note that if the program does do this, the files are hidden but still there. New clones of this virus are generally released on a weekly to monthly basis. The comments posted by users who were infected by Windows Restore and the The comments posted by users who were infected by Windows Recovery may provide insight into the successful removal of Windows XP Recovery. Since the viruses are very similar, we recommend that the user read through the users comments for Windows Restore to gain insight into removing Windows XP Recovery. The main difference is the name of the program; however, these programs do have a slightly different look.
Below is our recommended removal tool for Windows XP Recovery. 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 Windows XP Recovery with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Windows XP Recovery, try using Process Explorer. Also, try renaming the removal tool to iexplore.exe or to a random series of characters, which may allow the program to not be blocked by Windows XP Recovery. If you need assistance, please feel to ask a question at the bottom of this post.
Important - Windows XP Recovery may hide other files and folders in the computer in an attempt to try and convince the user that there are issues with the hard drive. Therefore, by turning on “show hidden files and folders,” the user will be able to see their files.
Windows XP Recovery will display a warnings and pop ups to scare the user into purchasing the fake program.
It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because Windows XP Recovery will generally not be able to load in safe mode. To enter safe mode, restart the computer and press F8 multiple times before the Windows screen to bring up the boot options.
The safe mode with networking option will allow the user to be able to use the internet in safe mode. Windows XP Recovery can be removed by using the
Common symptoms and characteristics of Windows XP Recovery and other rogue security programs include:
1. Windows XP Recovery is generally installed without user permission.
2. Windows XP Recovery 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 Windows XP Recovery Removal – In order to manually remove Windows XP Recovery, the processes associated with Windows XP Recovery must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before Windows XP Recovery entered the computer.
Important: Before attempting to manually remove Windows XP Recovery, we recommend that the user read through comments posted by other users on how they removed specific fake antivirus programs since many fake antivirus programs are similar. These comments can be found by clicking here. These comments may provide additional information which may be useful in removing Windows XP Recovery. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.
Stop Windows XP Recovery Processes (Learn How To Do This)
To clarify, [random].exe means that the executable will be a set of random characters.
Remove Windows XP Recovery Files (Learn How To Do This)
Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\[random].exe
Windows Vista & Windows 7 – C:\ProgramData\[random].exe
Remove Windows XP Recovery Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows XP Recovery
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Windows XP Recovery
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows XP Recovery
Remove Windows XP Recovery Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
Common Questions -
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3. What common symptoms show that my computer may be infected? (Click Here To View)
4. What is a rogue security application? (Click Here To View)
5. What are some antivirus and antispyware programs which I can use to remove viruses and spyware? (Click Here To View)
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.
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