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HDD Tools Adware Removal Instructions

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

HDD Tools is a rogue application, this is another variant of Smart HDD, HDD Rescue, HDD Plus, HDD Diagnostic, 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 Tools.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random%.exe
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random%.dll
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random_number%
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random_number%.exe
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTempdfrg
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTempdfrgr
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemptmp2.tmp
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD Tools
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD ToolsHDD Tools.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsHDD ToolsUninstall HDD Tools.lnk

Create new registry entries:

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








How to remove the infection of HDD Tools (Adware.Win32.HDDTools)?

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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