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HDD Doctor Recovery

Posted: March 8, 2011

Despite the disguise as a handy defragmenter tool, HDD Doctor Recovery actually is a rogue security application that lies outright to the user's face about the state of their PC. System alerts by HDD Doctor Recovery are not only overstated but extremely inaccurate, and HDD Doctor Recovery's results as a scanner or defragmenter are equally valueless. HDD Doctor Recovery is considered a high-level threat to your computer because HDD Doctor Recovery can disable necessary security and maintenance programs, so you should take the most direct action possible in deleting HDD Doctor Recovery from your system if you catch it.

HDD Doctor is a Well-Known Malware Threat Even with a New Name

The name HDD Doctor Recovery may be relatively new to the rogue anti-malware industry, but the underlying code is very well understood; HDD Doctor Recovery is nearly a total copy of preexisting PC threats like HDD Scan, HDD Defragmenter and HDD Control. Just like these other rogue security applications, HDD Doctor Recovery adds Registry entries to run automatically without getting the user's permission.

When active, HDD Doctor Recovery may try to 'scan' your computer; this process is an illusion thrown up as an excuse to convince you that your system is saturated with infections and other problems. HDD Doctor Recovery will also use messages like the ones below:

Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table – Critical Error

28% of HDD space is unreadable – Critical Error

Critical Error
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.

A problem detected while reading boot operation system files

System Restore
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.

Boot sector of the hard drive disk is damaged – Critical Error – Limited Edition

Windows – No Disk
Exception Processing Message 0×0000013

Read time of hard drive cluster less than 500 ms – Critical Error

These errors are absolutely unrelated to how well or poorly your PC is doing, and in some cases would even prevent your computer from running at all... if HDD Doctor Recovery weren't lying to your face!

HDD Doctor Recovery is Worse Than Just a Faker

HDD Doctor Recovery is far more than a bad defragmenter or a fake security application. Even ignoring HDD Doctor Recovery's false alerts and continuing with normal system operations can hurt your computer, since HDD Doctor Recovery is also known to hijack web browser and block crucial security and diagnostic applications.

The danger involved in letting HDD Doctor Recovery hang around isn't worth the marginal convenience of not trying to remove HDD Doctor Recovery; in the long run, deleting HDD Doctor Recovery is always best for you as well as your machine. The use of real anti-malware programs will let you detect and remove HDD Doctor Recovery and its related files and Registry additions with little chance of system damage. You can remove HDD Doctor Recovery manually if you prefer, but that option is usually recommended as a final resort or only in the case of seasoned experts.

File System Modifications

  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name
    1 %PROGRAM_FILES%\HDD Doctor Recovery
    2 c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\HDD Doctor Recovery\ c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\HDD Doctor Recovery\

Registry Modifications

  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\HDD Doctor Recovery