Published Jun 29, 2011 | Updated Sep 15, 2017

XP Home Security 2012

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: No associated aliases


Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.

XP Home Security 2012 is a variant of Win32/FakeRean, a family of rogue malware - fake scanners - that claim to scan your PC for malware. They display fake security warnings that aim to make you alarmed. When you try and remove the fake threats from your PC, you're told that you need to pay to register the software.

Fakerean changes your security settings, making your PC less secure.

It might look like this:

Find out ways that malware can get on your PC.

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 is hiding on your PC.

The following links can help change the settings back to what you want

This threat might make lasting changes to your PC's settings that won't be restored when it's cleaned. The following steps can help change these settings back to what you want:

Get more help

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.