Smart HDD DescriptionSmart HDD is a bogus defragmenter that has been around for a long time. ESG security analysts have uncovered dozens of clones of Smart HDD, including HDD Rescue, Smart Defragmenter and Smart Repair. Smart HDD is part of a scam that is not particularly sophisticated. At its core, rogue defragmenters are all practically the same in the way they attempt to scam their victims. Typically, Smart HDD will display numerous pop-up windows and error messages claiming that the victim's hard drive is failing. Then, it will refuse to repair these supposed problems unless the victim 'registers' Smart HDD. However, ESG analysts have detected that Smart HDD has absolutely no real defragmenting or system optimization capabilities. Because of this, you should absolutely not pay for this fake defragmenter application, which will usually attempt to charge anywhere from sixty to eighty dollars for a 'full version' of Smart HDD. If Smart HDD is installed on your hard drive, any problems on your hard drive are probably imaginary and part of the Smart HDD scam. To remove Smart HDD, ESG security analysts recommend using a dependable anti-malware application to run a full scan of your hard drives. You can stop some of Smart HDD's most annoying pop-up windows by entering either of these two registration codes:
Anyhow, it's worth been noted that these registration codes will not remove Smart HDD from your computer; they will simply stop Smart HDD from displaying pop-up windows and blocking access to your files with error messages. The Smart HDD infection still needs to be taken care of with a legitimate security program.
Smart HDD – An Old Threat with a New Face
Malware researchers are thoroughly acquainted with Smart HDD and its many clones. Smart HDD and its family of malware have been around for several years, and most reliable security programs are able to remove Smart HDD. In March of 2012, ESG malware analysts detected that Smart HDD was updated with a new user interface. This GUI now display's Smart HDD's name as S.M.A.R.T. And uses a background gradient similar to the Windows 7 theme (the prior version of Smart HDD used an interface that was more similar to Windows XP). In the new version, you will also find several tabs in a menu bar, two of which claim to perform a S.M.A.R.T. Check and S.M.A.R.T. Repair. Regardless of its new face, Smart HDD is still a scam and should be removed immediately.
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File System Details
Smart HDD creates the following file(s):
|#||File Name||Size||MD5||Detection Count|
|4||Uninstall Smart HDD.lnk||26|
|6||%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Smart HDD||24|
More Details on Smart HDD
The following messages associated with Smart HDD were found:
|Error 0x00000024 - NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM|
The Stop 0x24 message indicates that a problems occurred within Ntfs.sys, the driver file that allows the system to read and write to NTFS file system drives. It is most often related to hard drive errors.
|Error 0x0000002E - DATA_BUS_ERROR|
The Stop 0x2E message is typically caused by failed or defective RAM (including motherboard, Level 2 cache, or video memory), incompatible or mismatched memory hardware, or when a device driver attempts to access an address in the 0x8xxxxxxx range that does not exist (does not map to a physical address).
|Error 0x00000050 - PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA|
The Stop 0x50 message indicates that requested data was not in memory. The system generates an exception error when using a reference to an invalid system memory address.
|Error 0x00000078 - INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE|
The Stop 0x78 message indicates that Windows has lost access to the system partition or boot volume during the startup process. During I/O system initialization, the boot device driver might have failed to initialize the boot device (typically a hard disk). Repartitioning the system partition or installing a new SATA/RAID adapter or disk controller might also induce this error.
|Hard drive boot sector reading error|
During I/O system initialization, the boot device driver might have failed to initialize the boot device. File system initialization might have failed because it did not recognize the data on the boot device.
|Hard drive boot sector reading error|
System blocks were not found
The DRM attribute value is too small before disk scan
Error 0x00000024 - NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM
Error 0x0000002E - DATA_BUS_ERROR
Error 0x00000078 - INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
Error 0x00000050 - PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
|Hard drive boot sector reading error |
System blocks were not found
|Requested registry access is not allowed. Registry defragmentation required|
Fix issues reported during the in-depth of S.M.A.R.T. attributes
Hard drives diagnostic report
Your computer is in critical state. Hard disk error detected.
As a result it can lead to hard disk failure and potential loss of data.
It is highly recommended to repair all found errors to prevent loss of files, applications and documents stored on your computer.
|System blocks were not found|
This has most likely occurred because of hard disk failure.
This may also lead to a potential loss of data.
|The DRM attribute value is too small before disk scan|
Drive Reliability Monitor (a system or monitoring the reliability of disc drive functioning). The malfunction counter built into the disk drive shows excessive number of malfunctions. The storage device needs to be replaced.
|Windows cannot find notepad. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.|
|Windows detected a hard drive problem.|
A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.
|Your computer is in critical state. Hard disk error detected. |
As a result, it can lead to hard disk failure and potential loss of data. It is highly recommended to repair all found errors to prevent loss of files, applications and documents stored on your computer.