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HDD Fix - Rogueware

The hard drive is the foundation of your computer; when it is unstable, you can lose data and programs that you rely on.  Proper functioning is always a concern, and this is what rogue antivirus/optimizer programs take advantage of.  HDD Fix is a rogue analysis and optimization program that seeks to convince users that their hard drives are corrupted and need to be de-fragged immediately.  Like all rogues, though, it is unable to scan your computer or offer any type of repair help.   Find out how to spot this rogue, and, more importantly, how to remove it automatically or manually from your computer.

Introduction to HDD Fix

A false analysis and optimization program offers a slight variation to the typical rogue antivirus program formula.  While these tend to focus on security-related issues, HDD Fix and its brothers key in on your hard drive, warning you of corruption and "critical errors."  Like all other rogues, however, this one makes liberal use of pop-ups and false scan results in order to convince you to purchase their software.  The only goal of scareware like this is to profit from your need to keep your computer and data safe.  Any warnings or scan results it issues are only ads.

This rogue optimization program is from the same family as rogues Quick Defrag, HDD Low, Full Scan, and Easy Scan.

HDD Fix Access and Symptoms

There are two versions of HDD Fix: the free or trail version and the paid or "Advanced Module" version.  The difference is merely the money you pay for the latter.  Neither scan your computer or can fix hard drive problems - which you most likely do not have anyway.  The free version comes to your system courtesy of trojans.  In the not-so-distant past, sites with adult content were especially vulnerable; today, that remains the case, but trojans also affect a variety of other, seemingly safe, sites.  These include those with the following types of content:

  • Freeware and P2P content, especially videos and music downloads.
  • Social networking sites, particularly third-party applications or games.
  • Links found in search results for frequently searched topics, especially "trending" topics.
  • Links found in search results for antivirus protection.
  • Free ad-ons, including screen savers, backgrounds, and torrents.

Free applications and software often come bundled with scareware, and it is increasingly common that  third-party vendors bundle "crapware" in with your legitimate software, which can leave your system vulnerable to other forms of malware.

The "Advanced Module" is user-installed.  After seeing the constant pop-ups and false warning scans, many users are convinced their hard drives are in imminent danger, so they purchase the rogue program.  Unfortunately, this changes nothing and the pop-ups will continue.

Because HDD Fix can download itself without your knowledge, and because there is the risk that you will spend money on a useless product, it is important to recognize the signs that one has taken up residency.  Fortunately, this becomes relatively easy because rogues tend to behave in the same ways.  This rogue optimizer is no different, and it uses the same old tricks:

False scan results.  HDD Fix launches itself whenever you start a Windows session and it indicates it has found several threats to your hard drive or RAM.  These false scans mimic those of legitimate security programs, and display several areas in which your computer is in danger.  The pop-up gives you the option to run a scan and to upgrade the program to its paid "Advanced Module" to repair the hard drive errors.  Look carefully, though: HDD Fix is printed in the top left corner, and this is what you need to look for.  Rogues don't want you to stop and think; they want immediate action, and often, just taking the time to inspect the "warnings" can alert you to their false nature.

Pop-ups.  These will flood your system and become nearly constant companions.  When you attempt to run programs, open files, or when you are browsing the internet, you will see messages like the following:

Critical Error

RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure

Critical Error

Windows can't find hard disk space. Hard drive error

32% of HDD space is unreadable

GPU RAM temperature critically high. Urgent RAM memory optimization is required to prevent system crash

Registry Error - Critical Error

Data Safety Problem.  System integrity is at risk.

Blocked Access to files and programs.  Rogue antivirus or optimization programs are not viruses; they are able to modify your security settings in order to run unimpeded.  They can also block your access to legitimate security programs and issue a warning like the following:

Windows detected a hard drive problem.

A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.

Or:

Windows detected a hard drive problem.

Scanning for hard drive errors...

Hard drive scan helps to detect and resolve hard drive problems and system performance issues.

If you try to open a folder, you may be alerted that its contents are empty.  Both of these maneuvers are designed to convince you that there are, indeed, serious problems with your hard drive.  In fact, your hard drive is almost certainly functioning normally. The problem is the rogue program that has accessed your machine.  These warnings are part of an elaborate ad campaign.

HDD Fix Removal

Because of the modified security settings, you can't rely on standard removal techniques, such as using the Uninstall feature or simply running your regular antivirus program.  Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) and Enigma's SpyHunter are two programs that are designed specifically to detect and remove elusive rogue antivirus or optimization programs, which are not classified as viruses.  Look for software that is continually updated and that features the help and support you need to remove rogues.  This is a fast, safe removal method.

Another option is manual removal.  This is more difficult, and it can be counterproductive for those without extensive technical experience.  Accessing the necessary areas of your computer and deleting each file and registry key is challenging and tedious.  It is also easy to delete necessary files, which can impair your computer's performance even more. If you decide to the manual removal route, please feel free to email us for more detailed instructions, and use the direction below to remove HDD Fix.

Remove Process:

[random].exe

Disable DLL:

[random].dll

Delete Registry Entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[random]"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[random].exe"

Delete Files:

%Temp%\[random]

%Temp%\[random].exe

%Temp%\[random].dll

%Temp%\dfrg

%Temp%\dfrgr

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Desktop\HDD Fix.lnk

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Fix

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Fix\HDD Fix.lnk

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Fix\Uninstall HDD Fix.lnk



Removing HDD Fix 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 HDD Fix 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 HDD Fix 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 HDD Fix 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.


Disclaimer: This webpage was created to provide information on HDD Fix and how to uninstall it. Manual removal instructions are intended for use by technical experts and should be used at your own risk. We do not own or endorse HDD Fix.




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