How To Remove XP Antivirus 2012 Virus For Free

If you think that your XP computer might be infected with the XP Antivirus 2012 Virus, you are probably right! You will see notices like these:

  1. Alerts trying to get you to buy, download and install Full version of XP Antivirus 2012 (don't do that, it is a virus!)
  2. Alerts warning you of visiting dangerous sites (such as etc)
  3. You will have problems even controlling your computer programs with Task Manager, it just won't work properly.
It is possible to remove XP Antivirus 2012 virus for free. Here are the exact two steps to accomplish this. I was able to do it on a case of a XP netbook that was infected with XP Antivirus 2012 virus.

Step 1: Follow the directions at

Step 1 requirements are: a second computer that will allow you to download files to a USB stick, or a SD drive, then transfer these files to the infected XP computer.

Step 1 has substep 1 of running FixNCR.reg (find this in the directions, link above) which fixed parts of the registry so it becomes possible to run programs. Substep 2 involves downloading and running Rkill which stops all running malware programs, including the XP Antivirus 2012 virus. Substep 3 (which might be optional for you, it didn't do anything for me), is to remove google redirects with TDSSkiller. Again, the download location is on the page linked above.

At this point, the malware XP Antivirus 2012 virus has been removed. But, the computer still is unable to access the internet. Step 2 takes care of that.

Step 2: Follow directions either from or (this last post exactly describes the symptoms which were the "nonexistent service" Afd, upon which the DHCP and the internet connectivity depends.

I was fortunate to have another XP computer running, and I used regedit to navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\] Where the Afd key was located, export that key, transfer the exported file, say AFD.reg, to previously infected computer and import it through regdit to the same place [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\] on the infected XP, where it was missing.

Probably the last Easter egg remaining from the XP Antivirus 2012 virus!

Indeed, after reboot, the internet connectivity is back, and the XP netbook was working like new!!!

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