XP Home Security 2012
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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:
The following free Microsoft software detects and removes this threat:
- Windows Defender Antivirus for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, or Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- Microsoft Safety Scanner
- Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
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:
- Restore my system registry:
- Restore security settings to a known working state
- Reset Internet Explorer settings
- Start Windows services:
- Enable Windows Firewall:
- Enable Windows Security Center/Action Center alerts:
- Use the system recovery options:
- For other support and help related articles, go to:
- Microsoft Security TechNet Center
Get more help
If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.