Smart HDD

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Smart HDD 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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Smart HDD is a rogue defragmenter that claims to be a valid PC optimization tool. This fake defragmenter, first launched in 2010, now sports a new interface design and includes two new features, the S.M.A.R.T. Check and S.M.A.R.T. Repair. It is an application that aims to report false hardware failures within the user's PC, such as hard drive problems and memory errors. Smart HDD has several predecessors, which include Smart Defragmenter and HDD Rescue. Once this fake optimizer enters the system, through the help of Trojans or the exploitation of certain weak spots in the system, Smart HDD proceeds to alert the user of PC hard disk malfunctions and other hardware problems. Nonetheless, this corrupt application serves no other purpose than to persuade you to procure a full version of the application, without the guarantee of a truly functional PC optimization solution.

Same Tactics, New Design of Smart HDD

As already mentioned above, there are old and new versions of Smart HDD. This fake optimization program has recently been updated to include several tools, which include S.M.A.R.T. Repair and S.M.A.R.T. Check. This is not surprising, considering that Smart HDD has always experimented with several editions in the past. The old interface aims to display system status, diagnostics and also offers defragmentation runs. The updated version, however, includes both the S.M.A.R.T. Check and Repair options, and also includes an advanced scan selection.

These modifications, nonetheless, do not make the Smart HDD software any more legitimate than the rest of the rogue defragmenters infiltrating millions of personal computers in the world today. It remains to be a non-performing and fraudulent system that has neither the ability nor the capacity to determine whether the PC, in fact, has hardware or memory problems. For all its professed guarantees, the Smart HDD program has to be removed and uninstalled from your PC; and the sooner the better.

How Smart HDD Behaves

Once Smart HDD enters your PC, Smart HDD will modify your system and generate deceptive warning messages about the state of the hard drive of your computer. It will either prompt a hard disk error detection, a hard drive problem or notify about missing programs within the PC. Clicking any of these messages will result in an automatic scan, after which a list of so-called system problems will be enumerated. At this point, the fake PC optimizer will proceed to assure you that you can rectify these problems by purchasing a full version of the application. Smart HDD will do this even if Smart HDD is actually an illicit program camouflaging as a PC optimization solution.
Smart HDD needs to be removed from your PC and removed for good. It is possible for this rogue PC optimizer to install additional spyware into your computer. If left unchecked and uninstalled, Smart HDD may even update itself and worsen the corruption. It is a serious threat to your privacy and security and places important computer programs at risk. Finally, buying a full version of this program only serves to rob you of your hard-earned money. Smart HDD is a rogue defragmenter program and a rogue PC optimization tool that has to be deleted through the use of legitimate anti-malware software, before the contagion becomes even worse.

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Detection of Smart HDD (Recommended)

Smart HDD is difficult to detect and remove. Smart HDD is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. Smart HDD, 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 Smart HDD and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

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

Method of Infection

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

Another method of distributing Smart HDD 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 Smart HDD on your system. Smart HDD 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 Smart HDD, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect Smart HDD and other common Spyware infections. After detection of Smart HDD, the next advised step is to remove Smart HDD with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


Smart HDD 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 Smart HDD from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

Smart HDD, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Smart HDD 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 Smart HDD, 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 Smart HDD and other types of spyware.

Remove Smart HDD manually

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


  • %TempDir%\Windows Update.exe

Other Files

  • %TempDir%\dfrg
  • %TempDir%\dfrgr
  • %Desktop%\Smart HDD.lnk
  • %Programs%\Smart HDD
  • %Programs%\Smart HDD\Smart HDD.lnk
  • %Programs%\Smart HDD\Uninstall Smart HDD.lnk
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\SMART_HDD.lnk
  • %StartMenu%\Programs\SMART HDD\SMART HDD.lnk
  • %StartMenu%\Programs\SMART HDD\Uninstall SMART HDD.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\tmp2.tmp

Registry Keys

  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "CertificateRevocation" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Use FormSuggest" = "Yes" {8856F961-340A-11D0-A96B-00C04FD705A2}

External links

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