HDD Rescue

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HDD Rescue Information
Type: Spyware
Analysis: Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
Infection: By downloading freeware & shareware.
Symptoms: Changes PC settings, excessive popups & slow PC performance.
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HDD Rescue is a rogue disk defragmenter, and it has also gone by the names HDD Plus, HDD Repair, and Hard Drive Diagnostic, along with possibly as many as fifteen or twenty other aliases. HDD Rescue is from the same family of bogus system optimizer utilities as HDD Defragmenter and HDD scan. HDD Rescue infections began to be reported on December 12 and 13, 2010, although the same rogue had been infecting computers before then under different names. Along with these other bogus disk defragmenter utilities, HDD Rescue is not a real defragmenter, but a scam.

HDD Rescue is the result of infection with a Trojan, which usually downloads itself onto the host computer completely unbeknownst to the user. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, HDD Rescue makes itself a nuisance by causing extremely frequent pop-ups, which warn of horrible errors with the hard disk. For example, HDD Rescue will report that the hard drive is not found, that there are RAM memory failures, or that the disk has some kind of damage. These messages have no basis in reality and are scare tactics designed to get you to panic and buy whatever HDD Rescue is selling.

HDD Rescue will also prevent you from running other programs, and whenever you try to start something, it will generate a pop-up error message claiming that Windows encountered a hard drive error while trying to start the program. All of HDD Rescue's warning messages claim that you need to purchase a full version of HDD Rescue in order to fix the made-up problems. In some cases, HDD Rescue may even redirect your web browser or re-set your home page in order to direct you to its own website.

Do not believe what HDD Rescue tells you, and do not give in to it! There is no "full version" to be had, and all warnings are fake. Contrary to what HDD Rescue wants you to think, paying to try to make it go away is not your best or only option.

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Detection of HDD Rescue (Recommended)

HDD Rescue is difficult to detect and remove. HDD Rescue is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. HDD Rescue, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove HDD Rescue and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a HDD Rescue scan/check to successfully detect all HDD Rescue files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove HDD Rescue, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove HDD Rescue or follow the HDD Rescue manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with HDD Rescue. HDD Rescue can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing HDD Rescue involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing HDD Rescue on your system. HDD Rescue installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

If you think you may already be infected with HDD Rescue, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect HDD Rescue and other common Spyware infections. After detection of HDD Rescue, the next advised step is to remove HDD Rescue with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


HDD Rescue may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of HDD Rescue from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

HDD Rescue, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. HDD Rescue along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example HDD Rescue, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect HDD Rescue and other types of spyware.

Remove HDD Rescue manually

Another method to remove HDD Rescue is to manually delete HDD Rescue files in your system. Detect and remove the following HDD Rescue files:


  • %Temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe


  • %Temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].dll

Other Files

  • %Temp%\dfrgr
  • %Temp%\dfrg
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\HDD Rescue.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Rescue\
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Rescue\HDD Rescue.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Rescue\Uninstall HDD Rescue.lnk

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"

External links

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