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, Spyhunter 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 Spyhunter ) 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.
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