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Likely virus infection - "Internet Security Activation"

Hi Everyone,

I am seeing the following on my XP desktop computer -

In addition my desktop is behaving strangely; with icons not working, and programs not loading.

My standard approach to this kind of issue is to remove the hard drive from my desktop, plug it into an external drive bay, and then using a healthy computer scan the drive for threats using a combination of: AVG Internet Security, MalwareBytes & Microsoft Security Essentials.

The above three programs usually get 99% of the threats, however occasionally they will also remove a protected OS file, and by doing so cause malfunctions, or at worst an unbootable drive.

If anybody has had any experience with this specific virus can you please enlighten me as to how you removed it, and any pitfalls that you may have encountered whilst doing so?

Kind Regards,

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    Internet Security 2013 virus is identified as a tricky fake anti-virus software that is designed by cyber criminals to violate your privacy and compromise the security aggressively. Usually, it encounters user’s computers and installs itself automatically while they are visiting malicious websites, open junk email attachments and download freeware from infected web pages without any caution. Many computer victims are easily fell in the scam and pay money to use its activated version as the interface of the fake program seems just similar to legitimate anti-virus software. Similar fake anti-spyware as XP Protection 2013 and Win 7 Protection 2013 also damages the victimized computer terribly. Once targeted, the tricky rogue program automatically runs a scan on the contaminated system and displays a pop-up scan report claiming that there are numerous infected files found on your system. Besides, this fake anti-spyware claims computer users to purchase its supposed registered version of product to clean those detected infections. Actually, all information on the fake alert page is totally false and fraudulent. Never trust it or pay money to purchase its non-existing product.

    Providing that you sign up and purchase the full version of fake Internet Security 2013 virus to clean all supposed infections, you just find that your computer is kept damaging gradually and the money is paid in vain. As a matter of fact, the fake anti-spyware is distributed by cyber hackers to attack the target computer and cheat unknown users to pay money for using such a rogue program to clean their system. However, this fake program is only a malicious virus itself which is hardly to help computer users to regain a clean computer. Furthermore, it allows cyber scammers to gain remote access to your computer without your permission aiming at compromising your security and performing illegal activities aggressively. To avoid any further damage, you need to remove the fake anti-spyware from your computer completely as early as possible.

    Dangerous as Internet Security 2013 is, it also makes great chaos when you perform web browsing tasks. To illustrate, the rogue program may typically redirect your web search results and randomly change your homepage, default search engine and settings terribly. It may trigger system slowdown and Internet connection loss along with many other types of computer threats, such as malware and spyware. Any further damages will occur to the target computer like system crash and startup failure once you ignore or keep it in the contaminated system too long. Even your legitimate anti-virus software still fails to delete this nasty fake program entirely, for the security protection will be badly disabled by such a harmful rogue program to take effective. Therefore, manual removal is highly appreciated to be the most effective way to handle with this fake anti-virus software.

    Symptoms to Tell Your Computer has been Infected by the fake anti-spyware.

    Although this tricky virus can escape the scan of legitimate antivirus program, it also can be picked up by its symptoms.
    1. Your computer will be much slower than before just like crawl which make you really upset.
    2. Some malware you never saw before will be downloaded automatically after you turned on your computer.
    3. You can find that your computer resources are highly consumed.
    4. You will be kicked off the needed website quickly and then receive its pop up immediately.
    5. Sometimes you may find that your keyboard likes dead because you can’t do anything on it.
    6. In your system, you can receive some random files with a long name. However, these files not belong to you.

    Best way to Remove the stubborn rogue program virus Immediately.

    Internet Security 2013 has threatened many computer users to trust that their computer situations are at great risk as it is designed by cyber scammers to corrupt the target computer terribly. It tricks unknown computer users into purchasing its registered version of product to clean the threatening infections which are actually non-existing. Many computer victims are so scared at the first glance of the fake alert page and pay money to purchase its so-called registered, unfortunately, they will just lose the money and get their victimized computers damaged terribly. Such a rogue program may cause system crash and computer freezing problems if the fake program is left in the affected system too long. Once corrupted, your system performs slowly and your executable programs function poorly, particularly the security protection. It can be blocked by this fake virus, and it loses its function to handle with the tricky rogue program successfully. It may take much time and money to fix your PC in local PC stores or call a technician at door. Thus, manual removal with PC professionals is considered to be the most effective way to remove the Internet Security 2013 virus entirely.

    Instructions on removing the rogue program safely:

    1. Restart your PC before windows launches, tap “F8” constantly. Choose“Safe Mode with Networking” option, and then press Enter key.

    2. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together and stop Internet Security 2013 virus processes in the Windows Task Manager.

    3. Delete associated files from your PC completely as follows:


    4. Search for all related registry entries infected by Internet Security 2013 infection and wipe them out:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect” = 0
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = 0
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegistryTools” = 0
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 0
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%LocalAppData%\kdn.exe” -a “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”

    5. Reboot the computer to normal mode when the above steps are done.
  2. I have removed this virus 4 times, this works.
  3. So does ComboFix but the OP has probably removed it himself in the last two months.
  4. right
  5. Hi corcorand82,

    Thanks for your time, and kind advice.

    Kind Regards,

  6. Glad I could help you. Tell me if there are any additional problems.
  7. Hey Mr davo
    I suggest for future virus protection you upgrade to a more advanced OS, seeing that your PC runs windows xp. Security updates for windows xp have been discontinued. Please read my tutorial on how to install Ubuntu (a virus free os.)
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