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Danger level 9
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer
Other mutations known as:

HDD Restore

Despite the best efforts of the online security industry, many users are still falling victim to the blatant lies sold as truth by developers of rogue system optimizers such as HDD Restore. This rogue shares the same DNA with well known and hotly disputed rogues Smart HDD, HDD Repair, HDD Help and HDD Rescue. This rogue does not have the best interest of the PC owner at heart, and should not be allowed to run wild on a system.

As with any rogue, HDD Restore was designed with the express intent to fleece the consumer out of his money. It has no other purpose or ability. Despite what it would like its victims to believe, HDD Restore has not got the ability to optimize a system for better performance, and will not detect or solve any system errors. HDD Restore is only interested in stealing as much money from the user as possible, in the shortest amount of time. And don’t be fooled – HDD Restore will stop at nothing to achieve this goal, even if it means being the cause of irreparable damage to its victims’ systems. This is enough incentive for anyone to want to permanently obliterate HDD Restore from their systems.

HDD Restore makes use of established modes of infection. Making use of various illicit online portals acting as browser hijackers, HDD Restore spreads via crooked drive-by download techniques employed by these sites. It also bundles its Trojans and malware along with other legitimate security updates and software from third party websites. These remain the most popular form of distribution used by HDD Restore.

This incredulous rogue will pretend to be an extremely helpful and user friendly optimization tool, and will pretend to scan the system for various errors and performance inhibitors. HDD Restore will go on to report on various fake errors being present on the system, and will then instruct the PC owner to purchase the full version of HDD Restore in order to remove these infections. It will do this by incessantly assailing the user with various bogusly fabricated security warnings, which won’t let up until the user pays for the fake HDD Restore software. These fake security messages read as follows:

“Windows Disk Diagnostics
Windows detected a hard disk error.
A problem with the hard drive sectors has been detected. It is recommended to download the following certified software to fix the detected hard drive problems. Do you want to download recommended software? “

“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.”

“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”

Obviously none of these fabricated security notifications utilized by HDD Restore can be trusted. Do not ever act on any calls to action contained in a HDD Restore fake alert, as HDD Restore is dependent on user interaction. If the PC owner refuses to interact with HDD Restore, it will not be able to steal his money.

Users infected with HDD Restore might find themselves either guided or redirected to HDD Restore online payment portals. Although these payment portals do a good job of seeming genuine and secure, they are developed and run by cyber criminals. Do not ever disclose your sensitive billing information to these portals, as you will only expose yourself to further criminal victimization.

In order to limit the damage your system will have to endure, erase HDD Restore immediately. Do not give this rogue the chance to further steal and compromise your privacy, get rid of HDD Restore by making use of a properly functioning security application.

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How to manually remove HDD Restore

Files associated with HDD Restore infection:

%Programs%\HDD Restore\Uninstall HDD Restore.lnk
%Programs%\HDD Restore\HDD Restore.lnk
%Programs%\HDD Restore
%Desktop%\HDD Restore.lnk
%Temp%\Windows Update.exe

HDD Restore DLL's to remove:


HDD Restore processes to kill:

%Temp%\Windows Update.exe

Remove HDD Restore registry entries:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random].exe”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]”

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