Since there has been a 2011 name-changing rogue, there definitely has to be the 2012 name-changing rogue, and here comes one of its variants called XP Antispyware 2012. Just as its name says, it targets machines that run on Windows XP operating system. The other part of the name (Antispyware, Anti-virus or Security) is chosen randomly, so there are many versions of the same rogue.
Just like any other rogue antispyware application XP Antispyware 2012 enters your computer with intention to rip you off. It does not need your permission to slither into your system, as it can easily make use of fake online malware scanners that declare your computer is infected, and you need to download antivirus software that would take care of the parasites residing in your hard drive. It is very unfortunate, that quite a few users get tricked by this, and they actually believe that XP Antispyware 2012 is a legitimate piece of software, because it copies the layout and color scheme of Windows Security Center.
XP Antispyware 2012 blocks you from launching executable files claiming that your programs are infected, and they need to be shut down in order to protect the rest of your system. It also modifies your internet browser settings and blocks you from opening any website, with a pretext that the websites you are trying to access are also infected.
It also displays a number of fake security notifications, trying to make the impression that you are really infected with multiple malware:
XP Antispyware 2012 Firewall Alert
XP Antispyware 2012 has blocked a program from accessing the internet
Internet Explorer is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen
Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.
Sensitive areas of your system were found to be under attack. Spy software attack or virus infection possible. Prevent further damage or your private data will get stolen. Run an anti-spyware scan now. Click here to start.
Your system security is in danger. Privacy threats detected. Spyware, keyloggers or Trojans may be working the background right now. Perform an in-depth scan and removal now, click here.
System security threat was detected. Viruses and/or spyware may be damaging your system now. Prevent infection and data loss or stealing by running a free security scan.
Spyware intrusion detected. Your system is infected. System integrity is at risk. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords. Click here to perform a security repair.
Ignore these messages and do all you can to get rid of XP Antispyware 2012. You can “register” the rogue manually instead of buying the license by entering this serial code:
Once the code is activated, the rogue will stop acting up and you will be able to remove XP Antispyware 2012 with ease. If you cannot terminate the program manually, get yourself a powerful computer safeguard application that will eradicate XP Antispyware 2012 for you automatically.