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Remove DirAnalyze (Virus Removal Guide) - Tutorial

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After the infiltration, DirAnalyze transfers unknown information to remote sites

Screenshot of DirAnalyze

DirAnalyze is a disk optimization software[1] that is known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It does not have an official download site, might spread bundled with freeware and after the infiltration establishes a connection with remote websites.

According to the research, the program connects to website. Here you won’t find the download link or lots of information about DirAnalyze. The web page only tells that it’s a “lightweight application” and gives a brief explanation of what this program is capable of:

“Get a better understanding of disk space usage.
Find duplicate files and remove them.
Simple utility that features a minimalistic UI.”

The same page also includes the Licence Agreement. However, this document does not tell who are the developers. But it’s clear that the same policy belongs to ScanFolder and ScanFolder.Space programs. The paper itself looks like an ordinary EULA[2] that does not contain any specific information about the DirAnalyze.

However, security researchers find several negative and suspicious aspects of the so-called DirAnalyze virus. The program is launched from the sdiskfinder.exe file. On the affected computer it might collect particular data, and after connecting to remote Russian sites, it transfers the aggregated data. It’s unknown what information it might track, so, this tool is very suspicious.

On the device, this tool might also create, modify or access these folders:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\DirAnalyzer
  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\SDisk Finder
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\SDisk Finder
  • C:\Users\Public\DiskCleaner\

The program itself barely functions as promised on the site. It cannot optimize the disk space or delete duplicated files. All it can do is to display the system scan results and promote the paid version of the program. Undoubtedly, you should not obtain the paid DirAnalyze version.

The payment system is suspicious. What is more, you do not know the developers. Thus, you might just disclose private details to unknown people and waste your money. If you are offered to download the paid program or suffer from undesired pop-ups, you should obtain reputable security program and remove DirAnalyze from the system.

We suggest automatic elimination option because it’s the easiest way to get rid of all files and components that might be related to the program. It’s a tricky program that may have installed suspicious components to the system that might be hard to eliminate manually. Thus, we suggest DirAnalyze removal complete with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

The picture of DirAnalyze DirAnalyze is a bogus PC optimization tool that might hijack the device after the installation of freeware.

The devious distribution method of the PUP

As you already know, this program does not have an official website that offers a direct download link. Thus, there’s no doubt that DirAnalyze hijack occurs during the installation of freeware or shareware.

The program is supposed to spread as an optional component in software packages. The biggest PUP’s distribution has been noticed in Russia;[3] however, the program’s interface is written in English, so it might spread in English-speaking countries as well.

The hijack might occur when a user downloads a program under Quick/Recommended settings that do not openly inform about additional third-party components. In order to avoid their silent installation, users have to install freeware under Advanced/Custom settings and unmark all pre-selected third-party entries.

Uninstall DirAnalyze virus

Before telling you the way how to remove DirAnalyze, we want to point out that it’s NOT a virus. This suspicious PC optimization tool is just a potentially unwanted program that cannot cause huge damage to the device. However, its operation, such as data transmission, is suspicious. Thus, you should get rid of it.

You should be able to remove it from the Control Panels as a regular program:

  1. Go to Start and access Control Panel.
  2. Then in Control Panel, choose Add or Remove Programs or Uninstall a Program option.
  3. In the appeared list of installed programs, you should find DirAnalyze.
  4. Double click on it and choose Uninstall option.
  5. Follow the uninstallation guide.

You should also look up for other suspicious programs and remove them as well. If system scans continue or you want to speed up DirAnalyze removal, you should opt for the automatic elimination method which is held using anti-malware software. We recommend for this task Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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