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HDD Diagnostic Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsisoft malware research team has discoverd a new outbreak of the HDD Diagnostic adware. Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.HDDDiagnostic.

HDD Diagnostic is a rogue application, this is another variant of Hard Drive Diagnostic, Disk Doctor, Win Defragmenter, WinDefrag, WinHDD, CheckDisk, Ultra Defragger, Quick Defragmenter, Smart Defragmenter, HDD Defragmenter, and System Defragmenter. A rogue application tries to trick you by displaying false positive/misleading scan results report, which says that your computer has a problem, or infected with viruses or trojan, but you will not be able to fix it before you purchase.

Create new files:

  • %UserProfile%DesktopHDD Diagnostic.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random%.exe
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random_number%
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random_number%.exe
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random%.dll
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTempdfrg
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTempdfrgr
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD Diagnostic
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD DiagnosticHDD Diagnostic.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD DiagnosticUninstall HDD Diagnostic.lnk

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
    (String) %random% = %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random%.exe
    (String) %random_number% = %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random_number%.exe

Screenshots:

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How to remove the infection of HDD Diagnostic (Adware.Win32.HDDDiagnostic)?

To delete this malware infection, please download and install Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Run a full scan on all drives and move all detected items to the quarantine.



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