Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to Get Rid of HDD Plus Virus?

HDD Plus Virus is not a legitimate Antispyware Program but itself a malware, more precisely a new kind of rogue antivirus program from the same household of Win HDD, HDD Defragmenter, HDD Scan. The only difference being the core files are altered a little bit and the name is changed to hide it’s detection by real Antivirus programs installed on your personal computer.

This program is distributed with the help of trojans. When the trojan is started, it will automatically download and set up HDD Plus Virus onto your PC without your permission and knowledge and configure it to run when you start operating system.

When HDD Plus Virus is commenced, it will imitate a system scan and find a lot of various infections that will not be fixed unless you first purchase the program. Important to know, all of these reported infections are scam and don’t actually exist on your computer! So you can safely ignore the scan results.

While HDD Plus Virus is running, it will stop the ability to run any programs as a procedure to frighten you into thinking that your PC is infected with malware.

The following warnings will be shown

Windows detected a hard drive problem.
A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.


Windows cannot find notepad. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

Fix Disk
Windows Disk Diagnostics will scan the system to identify performance problems.
Start or Cancel
Requested registry access is not allowed. Registry defragmentation required
Read time of hard drive clusters less than 500 ms
32% of HDD space is unreadable
Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table
GPU RAM temperature is critically high. Urgent RAM memory optimization is required to prevent system crash
Drive C initializing error
Ram Temperature is 83 C. Optimization is required for normal operation.
Hard drive doesn’t respond to system commands
Data Safety Problem. System integrity is at risk.
Registry Error – Critical Error

Critical Error!
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.

Critical Error
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.

Critical Error
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.

Critical Error
Windows can’t find hard disk space. Hard drive error

Critical Error!
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file System32496A8300. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware.

Critical Error
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.

System Restore
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required

Understand these are all scam alerts and make sure you do not take any action on these warning messages. Follow the below instructions to remove these fake antivirus alerts.

And now coming back on How to eliminate HDD Plus Virus, you need a strong program to repair the damages, the rogue has caused. It changes files, folders,permissions and registry keys altogether….to rejuvenate your PC from malicious trojans that may still reside and make your PC slow and to stop from getting re-infected.

How to removeHDD Plus Virus manually.

In order to get rid of HDD Plus Virus altogether, start your PC in safe mode with networking, by pressing F8 key. Clean your Windows temp folder.

Windows Temp folder.

By default, this is C:/Windows/Temp for Windows 95/98/ME, C:/DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS/ProfileName/LOCAL SETTINGS/Temp for Windows 2000/XP, and C:/Users/ProfileName/AppData/Local/Temp for Windows Vista and Windows 7

HDD Plus Virus stores its files in Windows temp folder. You need to delete these files.

Affected Registry Entries, Files and Folders.

%Temp%[Random Characters]
%Temp%[Random Characters].exe
%Temp%[Random Characters].dll
%Temp%[Random Characters].exe

And also

%UserProfile%DesktopHDD Plus.lnk
%UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD Plus
%UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD PlusHDD Plus.lnk
%UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD PlusUninstall HDD Plus.lnk

%UserProfile% is C:/Documents and Settings for Windows 2000/XP & C:Users for Windows Vista/7

%Temp% is C:/DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS/ProfileName/LOCAL SETTINGS/Temp for Windows 2000/XP & C:/UsersProfile/Name/AppData/Local/Temp for Windows Vista and Windows 7

Registry Entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun “[Random Characters]“
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun “[Random Characters].exe”

[Random Characters.exe]

Get rid of the below files and registry entries. If you do not have adequate expertise in dealing with computer files, folders, processes, DLL files, services & registry entries, please take assistance from some one who can does this for you because manual deletion is a tedious process and does not always assure that the deletion of the spyware antivirus is absolute

If not Get Reimage key by going to PC Reimage in order to get rid of HDD Plus Virus.

If you can`t run the IE, then you should repair the proxy settings of Internet Explorer.

Run Internet Explorer,

Click Tools -> Internet Options

Choose Connections Tab

Click LAN Settings button.

Uncheck “Use a proxy server” box. Click OK.

Click Apply.

Click OK.

Reimage works by comparing each and every Windows system files with the correct files from a system repository of 25 million OS components. (since Reimage works by comparing with correct file, it can easily find the hiding rootkit, infact this is what a rootkit remover do……dumps a list of files from your hard disk drive and compares it with the list from the recovery console in order to find a hiding virus) This is the sole reason you can get a PC as good as new once you run Reimage, all other antivirus and antimalware programs just delete the virus….but they don’t fix the damage…which results in re-infection and slow performing PC.

Reimage first scans your PC exhaustively; all the files, folders, registry keys and values, drivers, softwares, stacks and then either fix or remove those stuffs that should be there. But it’s not just that it does. They have an enormous web repository of application, drivers, system objects, etc. from where they compare your PC’s files and if corrupt replace it with the healthy ones.

Go to Reimage For a Complete Scan Now to Get Rid of HDD Plus Virus Completely

Mike J Bennett is a Software System Architect, who has more than 15 years of experience. He has wide knowledge on System Security Visit PC Reimage to remove all your fake antiviruses



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