FakeHDD are very similar to Rogue Antiviruses. However, FakeHDD do not show that your PC is infected by default. These parasites claim that your PC hardware is failing and that can be fixed by purchasing a specific software. The malware will hide your files, move them to other places, randomly prevent software execution, show various alerts that your disk drive is failing due to bad sectors or that your GPU is overheating. You should not trust any of these claims.
There are 2 main issues why this Rogue family is dangerous. First one, it is very convincing. A common PC user might believe that hardware is failing for real and purchase this scam. Second reason is that this malware rarely comes alone. It is accompanied with rootkits usually, that block many security – related functions and applications.
The Fake Defragger can be removed with relative ease. Many of the anti-malware programs detect them, and it is usually single file only. However, it is much trickier to restore hidden files and remove other parasites accompanying these rogues
FakeHDD is also known as UltraDefragFraud or UltraDefraggerFraud (Symantec), FakeSysDef (Trojan:Win32/FakeSysdef) and couple other names. This rogue has more than single generation as well that have different designs and somewhat different aggressiveness levels.
by Giedrius Majauskas
File Restore virus is a malicious program that was designed by computer hackers who are responsible for the huge family of FakeHDD programs. Some of you may already be acquainted with File Recovery. This one works exactly the same way as the latter: it imitates functions of system optimization tool although it’s not able to [...] Read more on File Restore (virus) removal instructions
File Recovery virus aka File Recovery “virus” is a new version of Fake HDD malware. This version is likely to replace Data Recovery and will infect PCs through various vulnerabilities or social engineering. Differently from its predecessor, they dropped word “Smart” from their name. These parasites use various exploit kits usually, that are capable of [...] Read more on File Recovery (virus) removal guide
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 [...] Read more on How to remove "Smart Repair" Data Recovery?
System Check is a dangerous application that should be named ‘the fake PC defragmenter’. This tool is released by the same FakeSysDef malware creators who should be blamed for releasing Data Repair, System Fix and other scams that report about invented hard drive problems detected on your PC. Please, keep in mind that you must [...] Read more on How to remove System Check?
Computer users are suffering form one more fake application spreading on the Internet and attempting to swindle their money away. The application is called Data Recovery and it’s a fake computer analysis and optimization program. It spreads to computer systems actively using Trojan viruses. Data Recovery creates an illusion of being a security tool which [...] Read more on Data Recovery removal guide
System Recovery is a form of PC malware that tries to make money from selling services you do not need. This classifies it as Rogue application. It belongs to fake hard disk defragmenters, similar to PC Repair parasite. One should understand, that System Recovery is not an actual program, but a form of trojans that [...] Read more on System Recovery removal instructions
Windows Vista Fix is one of those applications that can be easily called one of fake defragmenters reporting fake hard drive errors. Just like Windows XP Fix, this malware gets inside with a help of Trojans that ask no permission when they find the entrance to the system. Note that you can avoid Windows Vista [...] Read more on How to remove Windows Vista Fix?
Windows Vista Repair is fake, so never pay for its license! Just like Windows XP Repair, this scam will declare that it has detected numerous hard drive errors on your PC and that you need to purchase its licensed version for eliminating them. However, in reality Windows Vista Repair is a fake defragmenter which is [...] Read more on How to remove Windows Vista Repair?
Windows Vista Recovery is a misleading computer analysis and optimization program, so never believe it! To make you concerned about your computer, just like Windows 7 Recovery or Windows XP Recovery, it will start to issue various hard drive problems. However, you should not trust any problem alerted by WindowsVistaRecovery because you will simply give [...] Read more on How to remove Windows Vista Recovery?
Windows Fix Disk is a fake system optimization program which has been designed identically to other malware threats, like System Restore or Windows Tool. All hailing from the same fraudulent family, these scams seek the only goal – to rip users off by reporting various hard disk issues and problems. Besides, to create an impression [...] Read more on Stop Windows Fix Disk from harming your PC
Windows Repair is a fake system optimization utility that was released in end of March, 2011. This malware belongs to new version of defraggers, that try to imitate and then detect various hardware problems to present a faked solution for them. Additionally, Windows Repair infect PC with help of trojans and vulnerabilities, thus it is [...] Read more on Stop Windows Repair from harming your PC
Windows Diagnostic is another fake system optimizer from new generation of defragger family. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with legitimate Microsoft programs or any other legitimate programs. Windows Diagnostic is a phishing scam that tries to force users into paying for non-functional software and giving away credit card details. Windows Diagnostics malware [...] Read more on Windows Diagnostic removal instructions
Win Scan is the most annoying scamware which has been completely copied from another malware famous for its fraudulent activity – Windows Tool. Just like the earlier variant of Win Scan, this program is the hackers’ invention created for making users concerned about their PCs. If you get infected with it, you will be informed [...] Read more on Win Scan removal instructions
Windows Tool is another release of fake antivirus optimization programs from Defragger family. This family of rogues was inactive for a while, and now we start to see fresh versions of these parasites again. They have partially new design, however the internals remained pretty much the same. Windows Tool simulates various hardware and OS problems [...] Read more on Stop Windows Tool from harming your PC
Disk Recovery is a fake system optimization utility. It belongs to defragger family, that includes such malware as Memory fixer, HDD Low, System Defragmenter and many others. This family of malware advertises system repair tool by simulating system malfunction. Disk Recovery is not different as well, the single difference is the name program is using. [...] Read more on How to remove Disk Recovery ?