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HDD Rescue

Posted: December 11, 2010

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 29
First Seen: December 13, 2010
OS(es) Affected: Windows

ScreenshotHDD Rescue (or HDDRescue) is a rogue optimization program created to lure you to purchase its full version. HDD Rescue comes from a line of fake hard disk defragmenters or optimization applications such as Win HDD, HDD Control, HDD Defragmenter, HDD Diagnostic, HDD Plus, HDD Repair, and HDD Scan.

HDD Rescue uses clever, yet false, error messages that can frighten a naive computer user into thinking there's a problem with their hard drive or RAM memory. Some of the bogus error messages claim there's RAM memory failure, Windows can't find hard disk space or private data is at risk. HDD Rescue is created and distributed by hackers in an attempt to steal as much personal information they can get from gullible computer users.

Another known shady tactic HDD Rescue uses is to block any program from opening so it can protect itself from being removed from a user's PC by an anti-virus software or other types of legitimate security tool. If your computer is infected with HDD Rescue, you should not be alarmed and make a haste decision like purchasing HDD Rescue since it will surely risk your personal and financial security. Do not fall victim to Internet fraud because of HDD Rescue and, if need be, do an offline installation of a real anti-spyware program to remove HDD Rescue.


Technical Details

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:

%Temp%\990cf9.exe File name: 990cf9.exe
Size: 355.84 KB (355840 bytes)
MD5: 7abfcf562a560770b8b0899ada7b7530
Detection count: 93
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %Temp%
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 13, 2010

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Fix Disk
Windows Disk Diagnostics will scan the system to identify performance problems.
Start or Cancel
2Requested registry access is not allowed. Registry defragmentation required
Read time of hard drive clusters less than 500 ms
32% of HDD space is unreadable
Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table
GPU RAM temperature is critically high. Urgent RAM memory optimization is required to prevent system crash
Drive C initializing error
Ram Temperature is 83 C. Optimization is required for normal operation.
Hard drive doesn't respond to system commands
Data Safety Problem. System integrity is at risk.
Registry Error - Critical Error
3Windows Disk Diagnostics
Windows detected a hard disk error.
A problem with the hard drive sectors has been detected. It is recommended to download the following sertified <sic> software to fix the detected hard drive problems. Do you want to download recommended software?