Arising from the Russian Federation, WinDisk is just a fresh layer of paint slapped on the rogue System Defragmenter. Although it follows many of the usual strategies of rogue software such as Security Shield, WinDisk does more than just create fake error messages to annoy users. While WinDisk may be new, it’s still no better than yesterday’s rogue malware; be prepared to catch it and wipe it from existence! On the bright side, WinDisk detection and removal is a cinch, due to its strong similarities to preexisting and well-documented rogues
WinDisk is Just Another Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
WinDisk is part of a time-saving scheme that malware creators are using particularly frequently these days. Instead of creating a whole new piece of malware software when one is caught, they simply tweak the appearance, call it something else, and send it out into the web again to wreak havoc. Although it’s also known as Win-Disk and Win Disk, WinDisk is actually the same essential malware as System Defragmenter, which first appeared on the scene in 2010, one year before WinDisk. This is, believe it or not, good for you.
In using the same old tricks as older malware, WinDisk becomes almost painfully easy to detect for those who are aware of it. Are you noticing a lot of familiar pop-up advertisement from old malware that you thought you cleaned out? That’s no surprise, because WinDisk uses the same ones! Its lack of originality continues with its tendency to create misleading error messages. The exact messages may vary but will look something like this:
- “Windows detected a hard drive problem.
Scanning for hard drive errors…
Hard drive scan helps to detect and resolve hard drive problems and system performance issues.”
- “Windows detected a hard drive problem.
A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.”
- “Windows cannot find notepad. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.”
Such error messages can appear both when trying to launch a program and when trying to delete files or folders.
The idea is to get the user to think that WinDisk is legitimate security software that must be purchased to fix the computer. This is encouraged by directing the user to launch a fake system scan after any error, and then eventually indicating that the ‘full’ version of the program will be more effective at cleaning out your PC. Nothing could be more distant from the truth – many of WinDisk’s error messages are entirely false alerts, while others are derived from problems caused by WinDisk deliberately.
Very often, WinDisk will be bundled with and installed surreptitiously through Trojans, including rootkits. These Trojan infections will commonly assist WinDisk by providing even more fake error messages. Don’t panic, and remember that giving the crooks who made WinDisk your money will solve nothing.
How the WinDisk Problem Can Escalate
Do you think or know that WinDisk is on your system? Then kick the rogue program up to the top of your priority list! Yes, it will pretend to be an anti-malware scanner and give you annoying pop-ups and lying error messages, but compared to what else it can do, this is noting. One of its deadlier abilities is the tendency is to have malware bundled with it through concealing the entries. This tag team damage to your system can make it difficult to cleanse all the infections unless you get rid of WinDisk first to see what else is there.
WinDisk is also known for being able to conceal files, making them effectively invisible to the user even though they’re really there. It shows a preference for doing this with, of course, your crucial system files, like the ones in your Windows/System32 folder. Once again, keep a cool head, and remember that you will see the files again as soon as you disable WinDisk.
Nonetheless, this intruder is far from done with hampering with your hard disk. WinDisk’s worst assault is to shut down some processes outright. WinDisk can target many different processes, but is oddly enough known to have an especial hatred for text editors like Notepad.
The Bitter Bottom Line of WinDisk
Because of its capacity to hinder a broad range of functions on your computer, WinDisk’s removal should be nothing less than the first thing you get done if you find yourself infected. WinDisk’s malicious sophistication can be countered by using a specialized anti-WinDisk deletion tool. Since WinDisk has its dirty fingers on the pulses of so many different computer processes, using the same casual removal methods that you would use to knockout other rogue software may not necessarily work on for this one the first attempt.
WinDisk Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)
Is your PC infected with WinDisk? To safely & quickly detect WinDisk, we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.
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Visual & GUI Characteristics
File System Modifications
Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
- The following files were created in the system:
# File Name Detection Count 1 Win Disk.lnk 630 2 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\ Application Data\ QbyEjDmJqwk.exe 227 3 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\ Application Data\ OK2mJUKPOA.exe 103 4 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\ Application Data\ bqFGxVGikap.dll 66
Posted: February 2, 2011 | By SpywareRemove
Threat Level: 10/10
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