HDD Fix (HDDFix) Virus Removal Guide
Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10
HDD Fix (HDDFix) is a brand new fake optimization program which was released around Jan 4, 2020. The program is generally installed without user permission through the use of a trojan horse, which is generally downloaded to the user’s computer without user permission.
Below is our recommended removal tool for HDD Fix. 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 Fix with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by HDD Fix, try using Process Explorer.
When attepting to open a program, HDD Fix 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 Fix will be unable to block the program and it will eventually open.
HDD Fix will make several attempts to mimic other real optimization programs; however, don’t be fooled since HDD Fix is a fake optimization program. The program creates multiple alerts in an attempt to scare the user into purchasing the program. Alerts such as “Critical Error!” may come up. HDD Fix is part of a line of fake defragmenter programs which look identical except for the name; other fake defragmenter programs include Easy Scan and Quick Defrag. This user comment for Quick Defrag may provide insight into removing HDD Fix since the viruses are similar. Easy Scan was released in late December while Quick Defrag was released in early January. HDD Fix will display many alerts to scare the user into purchasing HDD Fix, some of which include the following:
Hard drive doesn’t respond to system commands – Critical Error
1532 MB to be removed for computer performance optimization – Performance Issue
Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table – Critical Error
37% of HDD space is unreadable – 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
Critical Error – Hard drive not found. Missing hard drive.
Drive C initializing error
It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because HDD Fix 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.
The safe mode with networking option will allow the user to be able to use the internet in safe mode. HDD Fix can be removed by using the
Manual HDD Fix Removal – In order to manually remove HDD Fix, the processes associated with HDD Fix 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 Fix entered the computer.
Important: Before attempting to manually remove HDD Fix, 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 Fix. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.
Stop HDD Fix Processes (Learn How To Do This)
Remove HDD Fix Files (Learn How To Do This)
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\temp\[random].exe
Remove HDD Fix Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
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