Threat Description

Rogue:​W32/XPAntivirus.gen!

Details

Category: Malware
Type: Rogue
Platform: W32

Summary



Dishonest antivirus software which tricks users into buying or installing it, usually by infecting a user's computer, or by pretending the computer is infected.



Removal



Automatic Disinfection

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Technical Details



Rogue:W32/XPAntivirus.gen! is the Generic Detection for Rogue:W32/XPAntivirus variants.XPAntivirus is a family of rogue security programs that claim to detect and remove malicious software, but give fake and exaggerated scan results in an attempt to trick people into purchasing the program.

About Generic Detections

Unlike more traditional detections (also known as signatures or single-file detections) a Generic Detection does not identify a unique or individual malicious program. Instead, a Generic Detection looks for broadly applicable code or behavior characteristics that indicate a file as potentially malicious, so that a single Generic Detection can efficiently identify dozens, or even hundreds of malware. For more information about Generic Detections, see the Generic Detection description.






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