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Remove “Hard Disk Failure” virus (Virus Removal Instructions)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Malware

Hard Disk Failure: is it a scam?

We would like to attract your attention to another recent tech support scam  – “Hard Disk Failure” virus. Despite its alarming behavior and outlook, you should not get terrified by this adware. Obviously, the only motive for creating such hoaxes is to lure out money from users. All similar scams often include a telephone number for contacting the supposed technician. However, the help of such person proves to be inefficient. In addition, it results in money and temper loss. Thus, you should remove Hard Disk Failure as soon as possible. Rest assured as its elimination is not so troublesome as the adware itself. Users, who do not regard this adware as potentially dangerous, should be aware of the fact that the longer the malware resides, the bigger the chances are that it may attract more damaging viruses into the system. For the safety of your operating system, make sure you opt for “Hard Disk Failure” removal.

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System errors, Windows activation codes and similar system errors prove to be sufficient stress-inflicting material. No one enjoys experiencing such issues which require special treatment. In such awareness, hackers manipulate users into acting according to their specific scenario. Though in some cases, Hard Disk Failure happens to be the real error caused by the operating system, there are many more fakes ones. You can easily tell which notification is the original note by keeping in mind one simple tip. All alerts contain an indicated phone number. Thus, when you call it, you might be bombarded with suggestions to purchase questionable PC optimizers and registry repair tools. Rarely, they happen to serve as effective programs. However, the problem is that they the installed application might cause more Hard Disk Failure ads and similar alerts. Thus, you might waste money on futile programs which fail to provide a wanted solution. Make sure you get rid of this malware immediately. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego will help you do that.

The transmission techniques of the malware

The question how this malware broke through the security is of interest as well. If you think that the adware possesses complex technical characteristics helping it to evade any detection, we would like to dispel such speculations. Hard Disk Failure hijack took place at the time of the installation of a new program. It is a common mistake to ignore the possibility that downloading programs from trusted websites exclude from possible cyber infections. Though Skype, Java or Adobe Flash Player happen to be legitimate tools, they often bear unwanted attachments. You can locate them if you opt for by selecting “Advanced” settings. After unmarking all unnecessary optional applications, initialize the installation guide.

Is there a way to remove this scam?

Luckily, the elimination of “Hard Disk Failure” virus does not cause any problems. You can choose either manual or automatic elimination. If you opt for the first one, exercise attention and cautiousness when completing each step. If you miss any essential detail, the probability to get infected by this malware remains. What is more, the virus might have spread its files across the registry, so locating them requires time and patience. If this method is not attractive, choose automatic Hard Disk Failure removal. The anti-spyware program will take care of the threat within a couple of minutes. It will remove Hard Disk Failure and all its related files without bigger efforts. Remember that the essential factor of the effectively functioning program is updating it frequently.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove “Hard Disk Failure” virus, follow these steps:

Erase “Hard Disk Failure” from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall “Hard Disk Failure” and related programs
    Here, look for “Hard Disk Failure” or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate “Hard Disk Failure” from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for “Hard Disk Failure” or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of “Hard Disk Failure” from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for “Hard Disk Failure” and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “Hard Disk Failure” removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete “Hard Disk Failure” virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, “Hard Disk Failure” should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall “Hard Disk Failure” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select “Hard Disk Failure” and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete “Hard Disk Failure” removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove “Hard Disk Failure” from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select “Hard Disk Failure” and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete “Hard Disk Failure” removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase “Hard Disk Failure” from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for “Hard Disk Failure” or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete “Hard Disk Failure” removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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  1. Rick says:
    August 29th, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I recently encountered “Warning: virus .vrbat deleted“. Called the number but they offered me to buy some fishy program so I realized that it was purely a scam.

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