May 28, 2011

Smart HDD.

Smart HDD is a counterfeit Windows utility that is belong to a large group of fake hard drive defragmentation program.

 Smart HDD or also known as the SmartHDD virus is continuously releasing a clone after the other as it focuses on spreading and infecting as many computers globally. These type of application does not require users own intervention to get itself installed inside a computer. Usually, a rootkit Trojan will be able to penetrate a computer without users knowledge and this activity is enough to install Smart HDD on to the PC. Once loaded into the computer, screen will be pounded with falsified information about system and hard drive errors.
Every start of Windows, a fabricated scan by Smart HDD will be completed as an instrument to mislead computer users. To have the errors fix, this unwanted application will advise victims to obtain the registered version of the software. After several diagnostics, it was found out that whether unregistered or licensed versions of Smart HDD are not equipped with enough functionality to detect and resolve hard drive and system errors. As a conclusion, one must immediately carry out a Smart HDD removal.

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager:
  • <random>.exe
 Location of the infection:
  1. %UserProfile%\AppData\[random].exe
  •  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\afwserv.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'
  •  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\avastsvc.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'
  •  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\avastui.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'
Although it is possible to manually remove Smart HDD, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend  malware and spyware removal applications.

After removing all these files, restart your computer and the issue will be fixed. And don’t forget to do update your Security Software, check the Firewall Settings and the Operating System and finally do a full system scan with the Security Software.


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