What Is Smart HDD?
Smart HDD is rogue security software, member of the Win32 / FakeSysdefdefragment group. Smart HDD pretends to be a legitimate program alerting you for different hard drive inefficiencies, and malware but what it actually does is damaging various features from your system. Although such scareware programs are circulating the virtual space since 2010, Smart HDD appears to have additional features built into it, and has changed its interface recently, becoming bigger threat these days. Smart HDD is considered to have a middle to high-risk level for your computer. The rogue software can block different applications on your machine, change your wallpaper, hijack your web browser and even turn off some security features of your Windows system.
What Does Smart HDD Rogue Security Software Do?
Smart HDD can be looked at as a clone to the some well-known rogue security software like Computer Fix, Data Repair, Disk OK, Disk Recovery, Disk Repair, Fast Disk, Good Memory, HDD Diagnostic, HDD Fix, HDD Low, HDD Plus, HDD Repair, HDD Rescue, HDD Tools, Memory Fixer, Memory Optimizer, PC Cleaner Pro 2012, Rogue.Data Recovery, Rogue.File Integrity Checker, Rogue.File Recovery, Rogue.File Restore, Rogue.PC Repair, Rogue.System Recovery, Rogue.Windows Error Recovery, Rogue.Windows Fix, Scanner, Smart Data Recovery, Smart Defragmenter, System Defragmenter, System Restore, Ultra Defragger, Win Disk, Win HDD, Windows Diagnostic, Windows Disk, Windows Fix Disk, Windows Restore, Windows Safemode, Windows Scan, Windows XP Fix, WindowsTool, Windows Repair, etc.
Similar to them, Smart HDD does not have diagnostic possibilities at all. It just pops up false message warnings for system threats.
Despite the rogue software similarities to other from its kind, Smart HDD is known to have two versions of its own. The earlier version contains several false functions like “System Status”, “System Diagnostics” and a defragmentation scanner, most of the rogue software interface being controlled by the visual aspects of this scanner exactly.
The newer version of Smart HDD however has a new, more professional looking interface and new false features as well – SMART fixes, self-observation function, analysis and reporting of the technology review, and others. There is an “Advanced” section, replacing the features that were once implemented in a “Smart HDD” button. All these features present false information and should be ignored completely. The newer versions also have an alert slogan reminding you to register them online, and pay for the service of course.
Both of the Smart HDD rogue security software can cause different troubles for your system, however. Below are the most common threats which might put your computer at risk:
- Malware injection of standard Windows processes, so Smart HDD can automatically start upon system startup.
- Jeopardizing browser security by encrypted connections and security certificates deactivation. Smart HDD can also spy on your personal data, having the ability to resign it to third-party softwares thus eventually being the reason for attacks.
- System errors false alerts
- Disabling or blocking applications, including Windows Task Manager, which is the tool helping you to remove Smart HDD from your computer actually.
- Security settings changes, thus making your machine vulnerable to attacks. The changes can appear as different system behavior or anti-virus file scan deactivation.
All of the above clearly states that Smart HDD rogue security software can be of great danger to your system. It is highly advisable for you to remove it as quickly as possible. This may include having to turn it off before removal; otherwise it may prevent your system of doing so.
How Is Smart HDD Rogue Security Software Distributed?
Smart HDD scareware uses different misleading methods spreading under the cover of optimizing software in order to be installed from unsuspecting customers. Smart HDD tries to convince the users that their computer software or hardware is damaged or vulnerable so they can install Smart HDD on their machines. The most common ways it spreads out is through email spam campaigns, hijacked websites or Trojans.
How to Remove Smart HDD Rogue Software?
As said above, it is highly advisable to remove the rogue security software from your system as soon as possible. Here’s a guide for users:
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.