Smart Data Recovery is a part of the Win32/FakeSysdef malware family. Smart Data Recovery is a clone of Smart HDD and has similar behavior – the rogue defragmenter program displays false security alerts on the compromised computer, warning that HD damage and other threats have been detected on the PC. In order to remove all malware from his computer, the user is asked to purchase the full version of the product. Since the software does not possess any drive-fixing features, buying it will not help you protect your system.
This is why experts recommend you remove Smart Data Recovery right away.
Users are advised to be extra careful not to mistake Smart Data Recovery with a legitimate product going by the same name and having nothing in common with the rogue program.
Keep in mind that Smart Data Recovery does not have any threat-detecting features, so any scan results it displays are basically fake. The notifications and alerts Smart Data Recovery shows are designed to scare the user into buying the licensed version of the rogue.
The messages displayed by Smart Data Recovery usually contain warnings about the following issues:
- Data indexation problems
- Missing hard drives
- Missing RAM
These alerts should not bother you at all. Neither one of the reported issues is real. The only threat is the Smart Data Recovery itself.
Additionally, Smart Data Recovery may also compromise the safety of your computer by altering the settings of your current browser, disabling the Windows Task Manager or even changing the wallpaper on the affected computer’s desktop.
How to Remove Smart Data Recovery?
Deleting Smart Data Recovery manually can be a tricky task. This is why security experts recommend using a trustworthy anti-malware program for this purpose. Follow the steps below to eliminate the rogue defragmenter permanently from your system.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Smart Data Recovery from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Smart Data Recovery on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Smart Data Recovery in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Smart Data Recovery from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Smart Data Recovery from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Smart Data Recovery from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Smart Data Recovery from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Smart Data Recovery Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Smart Data Recovery from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Smart Data Recovery
Step 2: Uninstall Smart Data Recovery and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Smart Data Recovery on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Smart Data Recovery there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Smart Data Recovery from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Smart Data Recovery and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Smart Data Recovery via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Smart Data Recovery files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Smart Data Recovery, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Smart Data Recovery from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Smart Data Recovery from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Smart Data Recovery from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Smart Data Recovery from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Smart Data Recovery will be removed.
Eliminate Smart Data Recovery from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Smart Data Recovery from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".