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New wave of phishing attacks serves malware to PCs and Macs|ZDnet


There has been a new wave of malware that targets both PCs and Macs. Be sure that you are running the latest patches on your computer (Windows Update, install all security patches recommended on a PC). I receive regular emails from ZDNet about latest waves in software technology. You can obtain more information including the full article on malware on their website:



I was recently made aware of a new Malware program called HDD Recovery (alias HDDRecovery) This program is a real pain in the neck because it makes you think that there are problems with your computer physically. There are steps that you can take to remove this program, this information was retrieved from the website. As always, please be careful when making changes to the system registry, and if you are not sure in what you are doing, consult a trained professional.

HDD Recovery (alias HDDRecovery) is a malicious product from the well-known family of fake defragmenters. HDD Recovery makes you think that your computer has many issues, e.g. hard drive malfunctions and other memory problems. It runs bogus scanners to persuade you in that. Another instrument in HDD Recovery’s arsenal is the use of fake alerts that pop up while you are using your PC. These ads do the rest of the misinforming job to make it yet clearer to you that something is amiss and needs fixing. HDD Recovery usually installs itself on to your machine through trojans – this makes the infiltration unnoticeable and such that needs no authorization of yours. Having shown you a fair portion of deceptive adware about system issues, this mendacious application will recommend you buy its license so that these complications get resolved. In the meantime though, the problems reported by HDD Recovery are certainly not there. The malware tries to make you waste your money and does its very best for that. You should therefore not endure HDD Recovery on your workstation as it may lead you to trap of deceit and actually damage your Operating System due to its destructive activity. The conclusion that can be drawn from all of this is you need to eliminate HDD Recovery malware as soon as some signs of its presence are noticed. The most effective method applicable for removing this nasty threat is the use of an automatic cleaner. You can alternatively try and perform manual HDD Recovery removal. The former method is more efficient as it enables eradicating all the files and malicious Registry information created by HDD Recovery; the latter way is applicable if you are computer savvy. Please review the tips below and make use of them to the fullest.

Malware Type: Fake Security Programs

Malware Author: Unknown

Threat Level: Critical

Advice: Immediately remove and scan for additional malware

HDD Recovery Free Scanner and Remover: Download Now

HDD Recovery Clone Malware Screenshot:

How to remove HDD Recovery manually:
Manual removal of HDD Recovery is a feasible objective if you have sufficient expertise in dealing with program files, processes, .dll files and registry entries.

The files to be deleted are listed below:

%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Desktop\HDD Recovery.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Recovery
%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Recovery\HDD Recovery.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[User_Name]\Start Menu\Programs\HDD Recovery\Uninstall HDD Recovery.lnk
The registry entries that need to be removed are as follows:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]“
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random].exe”
Please be aware that manual removal of HDD Recovery is a cumbersome process and does not always ensure complete deletion of the malware, due to the fact that some files might be hidden or may get reanimated automatically afterwards. Moreover, manual interference of this kind may cause damage to the system. That’s why we strongly recommend automatic removal HDD Recovery, which will save your time and enable avoiding any system malfunctions and guarantee the needed result.

Date Posted: 09 Mar 2010 @ 10:42 PM
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2012 @ 07:59 AM

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