Published Aug 08, 2008 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Detected by Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Aliases: Antivirus XP 2008 (other) Win32/Adware.WinFixer (ESET) Generic FakeAlert.a (McAfee) W32/WinFixer.BTB (Norman) Troj/FakeAV-AB (Sophos) AntiVirus2008 (Symantec) Program:Win32/Antivirusxp (other)


Windows Defender detects and removes this threat. 

This threat is a rogue security program that displays misleading alerts regarding computer problems or falsely reports detections of malicious files on the affected machine. It does so to attempt to convince users to purchase rogue security software.
These are programs that generate misleading alerts and false detections to convince users to purchase illegitimate security software.  Some of these programs, such as this threat and Program:Win32/FakeRednefed, might display product names or logos in an apparently unlawful attempt to impersonate Microsoft products.  These products may represent themselves as “Antivirus XP”, “AntivirusXP 2008”, “WinDefender 2008”, “XP Antivirus”, or similar.

Find out ways that malware can get on your PC.  

Use the following free Microsoft software detects and removes this threat:

Even if we've already detected and removed this particular threat, running a full scan might find other malware that are hiding on your PC.

Enable MAPS 

Enable the Microsoft Active Protection Service (MAPS) on your system to protect your enterprise software security infrastructure in the cloud.

  1. Check if MAPS is enabled in your Microsoft security product:

    1. Select Settings and then select MAPS.

    2. Select Advanced membership, then click Save changes. With the MAPS option enabled, your Microsoft anti-malware security product can take full advantage of Microsoft's cloud protection service

  2. Join the Microsoft Active Protection Service Community.  
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You can also visit our advanced troubleshooting page or search the Microsoft virus and malware community for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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