How to remove "Smart Repair" Data Recovery?
What is "Smart Repair" Data Recovery?
Data Recovery (S.M.A.R.T Repair version) is the fresh version of fake defragmenters that attack PCs worldwide. It replaces its predecessor Smart HDD and shares the same design. The “Data Recovery” name was already used by the same family of malware. “Smart Repair” Data Recovery is closely related to Rogue Antiviruses, as it displays fake, unrealistic warnings without performing actual scan to force PC owner into purchasing some software. The difference is that fake disk defragmenters display computer hardware errors instead of software ones. Its name is very similar to legitimate anti-malware programs.
For example, “Smart” Data Recovery will display such errors :
Hard Drive Boot Sector Reading Error
During I/O system initialization, the boot device driver might have failed to initialize the boot device. File system initialization might have failed because it did not recognize the data on boot device.
System blocks were not found
This is most likely occurred because of hard disk failure.
This may also lead to a potential loss of data.
What “(S.M.A.R.T Repair” Data Recovery fails to explain is how your system booted at all without boot sector. Thus it is clear that these messages are faked. Such rogues display more different warnings and errors, some even unrelated to hard disk. All of them can be ignored.
One cannot ignore the fact that Data Recovery “virus” might hide your documents and programs to simulate hard disk failure. In most cases the files are just hidden, and you can unhide them later on. In some cases files might be moved to %TEMP% (aka temporally folder). Thus I suggest running various cleaners ONLY after you have fully recovered after Data Recovery infection.
To remove Smart Data Recovery we recommend following steps :
- 1. Scan your PC with anti-malware programs like Spyhunter, Spyware Doctor or Hitman Pro. We recommend these programs as they perform quite well against rootkit infection that accompanies this fake HDD rogue.
- If you have problems launching anti-malware programs, try fake-register it with key 08869246386344953972969146034087. Repeat the scanning with anti-malware program.
- Make sure you see hidden files and folders. We have a guide on viewing all the hidden files here.
- If you want to delete the files manually, you can open the folder with “Smart” Data Recovery files and rename them. You will be able to delete the files after reboot. Anti-malware programs should delete them as well.
- You can unhide all the documents now.
- Re-scan with anti-malware programs (Spyhunter or Spyware Doctor ) and TDSS killer.
Remember, that the most likely cause of this infection is opening links and attachments. “Smart” Data Recovery infection might be prevented by using full version of anti-malware programs that warn about these infections.
Video removal instructions for “Smart Check/Repair” Data Recovery
NOTE: There is a legitimate program with name “Smart Data Recovery”. It does not install on its own. Malware makers and makers of legitimate software are not related. If in doubt, scan with anti-malware tools.
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery is Highly dangerous
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery may spread via Trojans
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery asks to pay for non-functional "full version"
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery may display fake messages warning about computer problems
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery may install additional spyware to your computer
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery may repair its files, spread or update by itself
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery violates your privacy and compromises your security
for "Smart Repair" Data Recovery detection
Note: Spyhunter trial provides detection of parasite like "Smart Repair" Data Recovery and assists in its removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery screenshots
Manual "Smart Repair" Data Recovery removal
Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove "Smart Repair" Data Recovery, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Spyhunter or other malware and spyware removal applications found on 2-viruses.com.
Stop these "Smart Repair" Data Recovery processes:
Remove these "Smart Repair" Data Recovery files:
It is impossible to list all file names and locations of modern parasites. You can identify remaining parasites, other "Smart Repair" Data Recovery infected files and get help in "Smart Repair" Data Recovery removal by using free Spyhunter scanner. It comes with free real-time protection module that helps preventing "Smart Repair" Data Recovery and similar threats.
"Smart Repair" Data Recovery is classified as Rogue Application. After infecting a user’s system, it proceeds to scare its victim into buying the “product” by displaying fake messages, stating that your computer need particular components, or need to be fixed or has other serious problem that needs only "Smart Repair" Data Recovery can help you to solve these after you download the trial version. As soon as the victim downloads "Smart Repair" Data Recovery trial version, it offers to buy the full version to fix these false errors. If the user agrees, "Smart Repair" Data Recovery not only does not fix the errors, but it takes the user’s money and may even install additional spyware into the victim’s computer.
Some Rogue Applications, such as "Smart Repair" Data Recovery, may offer users to buy it after the victim clicks on a banner or a pop-up while surfing the internet. Usually, a Trojan is installed to a victim’s computer after clicking on the advertisement, or comes bundled with various freely shiped programs like codecs. It then proceeds to download or even install "Smart Repair" Data Recovery, which is another way for Rogue application to spread itself.