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AdvancedXPFixer

Updated:
May 22, 2008 12:54:07 PM
Type:
Misleading Application
Name:
AdvancedXPFixer
Version:
2.1.0.1
Publisher:
AdvancedXPFixer.com
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Behavior
The program must be manually installed. It can be downloaded from the following location:
AdvancedXPFixer.com

The program reports false or exaggerated system security threats on the computer.





The user is then prompted to pay for a full license of the application in order to remove the errors.





Installation
When the program is executed, it creates the following folder:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\AXPFixer

It then creates the following files:
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\AXPFixer.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\AXPFixer.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Advanced XP Fixer\Advanced XP Fixer.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Advanced XP Fixer\How to Register Advanced XP Fixer.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Advanced XP Fixer\License Agreement.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Advanced XP Fixer\Register Advanced XP Fixer.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Advanced XP Fixer\Uninstall.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Advanced XP Fixer.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\AXPFixer.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\AXPFixer.exe.local
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\AXPFixerSkin.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\database.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\license.txt
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\MFC71.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\MFC71ENU.DLL
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\msvcp71.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\msvcr71.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\AXPFixer\Uninstall.exe


Next, the program creates the following registry entry so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"AXPFixer" = "C:\Program Files\AXPFixer\AXPFixer.exe"


It also creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\AXPFixer
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\AXPFixer

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