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How To Remove Hardclean

Over the past two years, rogue security software or "rogueware" has become a major security threat to desktop computing. Also known as fake anti-malware, these programs operate by social engineering in order to bypass the security guards against installation of malware, spyware, etc. They try to convince the user that their computer is infected with malware and that the only way to get rid of the malicious program or programs is to install an alleged anti-malware program.

The only problem is that the anti-malware program is actually the infectious agent. Once it is installed onto the user's computer, the program will try to convince the user to purchase other programs that are really malware and that cause damage to the computer. These programs are truly virulent in that some of them are distributed by lucrative affiliate networks, under which affiliates who distribute rogueware are paid on commission for each individual computer user that they hoodwink.

These programs like Hardclean, a recent Korean-made rogueware program, usually either contain Trojan horses or are installed via Trojan horses. The Trojan component is always disguised and can take the form of a toolbar for an Internet browser, a plug-in for an Internet browser, an attachment to an email message, a certain codec required to play a video clip, software freely shared on peer-to-peer networks, or an online no-charge malware scanning service offered complimentary to the user.

Uninstalling rogueware can be difficult and fraught with peril for non-technical computer users, so it is recommended that they find a reputable anti-malware program such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal)  in order to find and delete malware for them. The problem with rougeware programs is that they are not technically viruses, and thus most anti-virus programs will not detect them. Removing rogueware involves deleting the registry keys it installs as well as program files and any other type of file that it downloads onto the user's computer. Here is how to remove Hardclean from a computer.

Removing Hardclean

Identifying an installation of this malware program is relatively easy. Warning screens will suddenly display on the computer screen that are written in Korean. The user may wonder where they could have received this rogue program from, but the truth is that Hardclean uses many different methods to install itself. It could be any number of websites that the user has visited in the past several days, or it also could be a "drive-by download". This installation method works by downloading a program without the user's knowledge or consent while the user is engaged in some other task.

To remove this program, all the user has to do is locate and delete the following files:

- Hardclean.exe

- Hardclean.lnk

Once those two files are deleted, then the user must find the following registry keys by typing "regkey" into the "Run" component of the Start menu:

- HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareHardclean

- HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunHardclean

- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallHardclean

If the user still experiences a problem, here is the full list of the infected files to locate and delete:

C:Program FilesHardCleanbottomAd.swf

C:Program FilesHardCleanhardclean.exe

C:Program FilesHardCleanhardcleanBK.exe

C:Program FilesHardCleanhardcleandm.exe

C:Program FilesHardCleanhardcleanU.exe

C:Program FilesHardCleanmdata.dat

C:Program FilesHardCleantrackingsitedata

C:Program FilesHardCleanubdata


Locating and deleting these files will generally take care of the program for good. The user can simplify this process by installing a reputable anti-malware program and letting it take care of the rogueware for them. 

Removing Hardclean Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of Hardclean and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

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Remove Hardclean Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing Hardclean please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.

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