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XP Security Centre

by martinhayes0907 / April 2, 2011 12:46 AM PDT

Hi everyone

Let me start by saying I am pretty clueless when it comes to computers...

I was browsing online, and my computer all of a sudden started downloading software called XP Security Centre - I now know this is a virus and I did not agree to download it, although the windows are still popping up.

On my computer, we have three different users - me, wife and guest. The XP Security downloaded on my account. I could not search online and ultimately I could not even open up malwarebytes. I logged onto my wifes account which seems unaffected?!? I ran malwarebytes which picked up six items - nothing which really resemles XP Security virus.

When I went to log back onto my account, all I see is my desktop picture (no icons), the XP pop ups and I can get up control panel. I cannot open anything else and running malwarebytes from my wife's account doesn't seem to have helped. Is it that it just applies to her log in when run from her user?

Please help...

Martin

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Hi Martin. Here is a removal
by roddy32 / April 2, 2011 1:47 AM PDT
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guide for that

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/xp-securitycenter

The word "centre" is spelled "center" on the removavl guide but it is proabably the same program

If you are not a member of BleepingComputer you will probably see ads above the removal guide. Disregard those and scroll down to the guide. It would probably also be a good thing to print out the instructions.

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XP Security Centre
by martinhayes0907 / April 2, 2011 2:09 AM PDT

Hi

Thanks for that.

The problem is that I can't open up Malwarebytes from my own login. The virus seems to prevent me from opening it... When I run it from my wife's log-in, it doesn't seem to be picking up the virus files.

Any thoughts anyone?

Martin

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It is only YOUR profile
by roddy32 / April 2, 2011 2:17 AM PDT
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that is infected. Try going into safe mode with networking on your own profile and see if it will open then, If it does, update it and scan and follow the directions on the link. BTW, this is not a virus, it is a rogue program not that it really makes a difference what you call it.

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Additional instructions
by roddy32 / April 2, 2011 2:22 AM PDT
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Cheers
by martinhayes0907 / April 2, 2011 8:13 AM PDT

Thanks, how do I go into safe mode?

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Sorry, I had to go out for a few hours
by roddy32 / April 2, 2011 2:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Cheers
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