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Fake AV ‘XP Antivirus 2012’ Circulating, Reports Enigma Software

US situated Enigma Software Group an organization which deals with Internet security analysis says that one more fake anti-virus named 'XP Antivirus 2012' is doing the rounds on the Net.

Elaborating on the software, the security company says that it isn't software for safeguarding a user's computer from spyware or virus infections rather it's a piece of malware itself, which constantly alters its name. Indeed, XP Antivirus 2012 is like a well-known malicious anti-spyware similar to Vista anti-virus 2012, XP Security 2012, Win 7 Security 2012 and Vista Security 2012 that are already into existence in the wild.

In particular, Enigma cautions that end-users mustn't rely on XP Antivirus 2012 since it's a creation of pretty advanced hackers and scammers.

The company further observes that operators of computer systems who may've come across XP Antivirus 2012 must have realized firsthand the extent to which this software causes annoyance and deception.

Specifically, anyone contaminated with this fake AV, doesn't just get irritating and misleading pop-up warnings as well as false results from system scan, but also threats of the fabricated problems utilized as a scare trick for defrauding them into parting with their money in a related scam, by buying a complete edition of XP Antivirus 2012.

Essentially, the rogue program doesn't simply exhibit alerts and system scanners it as well disrupts the user's Operating System from functioning. Accordingly, it repeatedly interrupts the computer's work as well as weakens its user's privacy. Occasionally, the malicious product may even allow additional PC worms to infiltrate the already contaminated system.

Nevertheless, whether the XP Antivirus 2012 edition is licensed or unlicensed, it never actually cleanses a computer off any malicious program. Therefore, PC operators are recommended that they shouldn't spend any money for the software.

Besides, for further remaining safe from this fake application, specialists on Internet safety observe that another anti-virus application which's genuine must be installed for removing and substituting the XP Antivirus 2012. . If this isn't done, it may endanger end-users' PCs. In addition, the specialists advise end-users for exercising utter caution while going to unfamiliar websites or loading fresh unknown applications.

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