How to get rid of HDD Low Rogue Malware

3 Jan

My laptop was recently infected with the malware, HDD Low.  Here is a foolproof way on how to get rid of it.

1. Restart computer and run safe mode with networking.  On XP, that means you press and hold “F8” during the restart.

2. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Make sure you update the database before doing anything else.

3. Run a full scan of your C drive.  This may take a while. Note: DO NOT restart after the scan is over!

4. Delete anything that has been detected.  Mine detected around 10 problems.

5. Next, install CCleaner.

http://www.piriform.com/

Make sure the “Cleaner” option (as opposed to registry etc) is selected.  Make sure all the boxes are checked off.  Click “options” on the side, click “advanced,” and uncheck “Only delete files in the temp folder older than 24 hrs.”

6.  Click on “Cleaner” again, and run “analyze.”

7.  Next “run cleaner.”

8. You should be HDD Low-free as of this point!

9. As an added precaution, download a registry repair program to fix any problems in your registry.  Make sure you set a restore point before using a registry repair program, in case anything important gets deleted.  I used this one:

http://download.cnet.com/Free-Window-Registry-Repair/3000-2086_4-10606555.html

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