HDD Scan (HDDScan) Virus Removal Guide

Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10

HDD Scan (HDDScan) is a fake defragmenter program. HDD Scan attempts to mimic other defragmenter programs to make it seem like a legitimate program; however, it is fake program. HDD Scan is part of a line of fake defragmenter programs; other fake defragmenter programs include Ultra Defragger and HDD Control. HDD Scan is generally installed through the use of a trojan horse, which is generally downloaded while browsing the internet. HDD Scan will display alerts to scare the user into purchasing HDD Scan, which include the following:

Hard drive doesn’t respond to system commands – Critical Error
Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table – Critical Error
Boot sector of the hard drive disk is damaged – Critical Error
Files placement on hard drive is not optimized. Defragmentation is required – Performance Issue

Below is our recommended removal tool for HDD Scan. The removal tool has been rated 5 cows out of 5 by Tucows and was previously CNET’s Editor’s Choice. Feel free to download it below.

If you are unable to run the removal tool, or are unable to run any programs in general, you may need to stop the processes associated with HDD Scan with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by HDD Scan, try using Process Explorer.

When attepting to open a program, HDD Scan will generally display “a hard drive error occurred while starting the application” and block the application from starting. Generally, if you repetitively attempt to open the program, HDD Scan will be unable to block the program and it will eventually open.

It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because HDD Scan will generally not be able to load in safe mode. To enter safe mode, restart the computer and press F8 multiple times before the Windows screen to bring up the boot options.

Boot Menu

The safe mode with networking option will allow the user to be able to use the internet in safe mode. HDD Scan can be removed by using the

or by manually removing the virus. Click here to learn more about safe mode.

View HDD Scan Files
View HDD Scan Keys

Manual HDD Scan Removal – In order to manually remove HDD Scan, the processes associated with HDD Scan must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before HDD Scan entered the computer.

Important: Before attempting to manually remove HDD Scan, we recommend that the user read through comments posted by other users on how they removed specific fake antivirus programs since many fake antivirus programs are similar. These comments can be found by clicking here. These comments may provide additional information which may be useful in removing HDD Scan. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.

Stop HDD Scan Processes (Learn How To Do This)

Remove HDD Scan Files (Learn How To Do This)
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\temp\[random].exe

Remove HDD Scan Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)

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If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to comment below. If you need any help with any of the steps, please don’t hesitate to comment below. We recommend that you follow our safety tips so that you can keep your computer clean Please Click Here to View Our Safety Tips.

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One Response to “HDD Scan (HDDScan) Virus Removal Guide”

Lexi December 6th, 2020 at 7:40 pm

Wow. The instructions for HDD virus scam worked. I know exactly which website it was that gave me the trojan. I hope they rot. Before that, I’ll be reporting them to FCC. Keep up the great work Guru.

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