HDD Rescue is promoted as a diagnostic and repair tool but it was identified to be another rogue or fake during an examination done by security providers. HDD Rescue is just part of a large group of fake hard drive defragmenters that are being spread via malicious means. This unwanted software can be acquired when users have executed any links or prompts from various web sites that were established to hosts the installation files of HDD Rescue.
Once inside the system, this malware will run a scan. It detects various troubles with regards to hard drive, system files, programs, and registry entries. Malware are known in posting problems that do not occur on the computer to gain sales lead. Furthermore, HDD Rescue will issue constant pop-up alert messages including these lines:
Windows Disk Diagnostics will scan the system to identify performance problems.
Start or Cancel”
“Windows cannot find wordpad. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.”
A system modifications will also carried out on the affected computer. Adding its own entries on the registry and dropping files to system folders will allow the malware to partly control the computer. This will make HDD Rescue to be more harmful and able to dominate the PC. Thus, it can block any installed program, not allowing you to run any software. It also prevents antivirus programs from running. In this case, all you need to do is to remove HDD Rescue immediately by means of effective security software. Since it will hamper software execution, we suggest running the removal tool after starting Windows in Safe Mode. This process will prevent HDD Rescue from loading into memory to perform its payload.
What are the Symptoms of HDD Rescue Infection?
It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]“
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters].exe”
The threat will drop the following malicious files:
%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Rescue\Uninstall HDD Rescue.lnk
Follow these Procedures to Remove HDD Rescue
Procedure 1: Manual Removal
For users with technical skills in dealing with computer problems, executing this manual removal is enough to stop the malware. However, we highly recommend running anti-malware scan to remove other hidden files. For users who are not tech-savvy, you must skip this step. Start on Procedure 2 and proceed onwards. Automatic removal takes longer to accomplish but is less difficult to execute.
1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking
- After turning On the power of the computer, just before Windows start, press F8.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.
2. Remove Registry entries that the threat added. You MUST BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY FIRST. See how.
- Click Start > Run. You can also press [Windows Key]+[R] on keyboard to run 'Open' command.
- Type in the field, regedit.
- Navigate and look for the registry entries mentioned above and delete if present.
3. Delete malicious files that the threat added:
- Base on the given location above, browse and delete the file.
- If no location is given, click Start>Search> and search for the files.
- If cannot be deleted, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to access Task Manager, see if the file is running in the process. If it is, select the file and click End Process. Perform file delete again.
4. Scan computer with Antivirus Program
- Update antivirus program.
- Scan computer and delete all detected threats.
Procedure 2: Scan and remove HDD Rescue files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
To remove HDD Rescue, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.
1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.
Procedure 3: Run TrendMicro's Fake Antivirus Remover (ATTK) to check and delete any remnants of HDD Rescue.
As an added help to remove HDD Rescue, you can scan the computer with Fake Antivirus Removal Tool. This software is provided and distributed by TrendMicro. Follow this procedure to run a scan with this tool.
1. Download the package by clicking on the button below. This will launch a new browser window that contains further details about the tool.
2. Save the file to a location on your hard drive.
3. Browse for the location of the file and double-click to run. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click on extracted file attk_far_gui.exe and click on Run as Administrator.
4. When program launch, it will run a command prompt to initialize, prepare components, and update the program.
5. Next it will open the graphical user interface (GUI) of Anti-Threat Toolkit.
6. Click on Scan Now. This operation will scan all HDD Rescue files and processes in your computer and display a list of result for possible Fake Antivirus program and malware that needs to be removed.
7. Tick all items that are detected by the program, and then click Clean. The tool will start removing HDD Rescue components from the computer.
8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.
Protect your PC from HDD Rescue or Similar Attack
Turn On Safe Browsing Features
Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter
Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:
1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.
4. Please restart Internet Explorer.
Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection
With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:
1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.
6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.
Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries
Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:
- Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
- Block reported attack sites
- Block reported web forgeries