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Hard Drive safety delete starting. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Hard Drive safety delete starting – a scam that can display its bogus message in full-screen mode on the web browser

Hard Drive safety delete starting pop-up scam
Hard Drive safety delete starting is a scam website where developers pretend to be from Microsoft and urge victims to call via the given technical support number

Hard Drive safety delete starting is considered to be a fake technical support scam[1] that infects particular browsers and displays its alert in full-screen mode. The scam uses tricky techniques such as the original logo of Microsoft to create a legitimate look of the pop-up warning. It claims that sensitive details are at risk of being stolen by some bad actor and that the victim needs to call via +1-855-285-7640 mobile phone number to prevent the upcoming data theft. Additionally, the suspicious message announces about a Hard Drive safety delete that will start in five minutes of time. Hard Drive safety delete starting pop-up scam imitates a full system scan to create a look that the user's computer is truly being checked. However, this type of scamming activity is common throughout various developers and is used for beneficial purposes only.

Hard Drive safety delete starting virus provides a particular technical support number that you should avoid calling. If you contact the hackers who are at the other end of the line, you might be urged to pay some money for technical services that your computer system does not need at all. This will bring you only unexpected monetary losses and your credentials might also fall in bad hands and be misused for other illegitimate actions.

Name Hard Drive safety delete starting
Type Scam
Cause This pop-up might appear while visiting unsafe pages or due to an adware installation
Target Windows OS
Fake number +1-855-285-7640
Activities Advertising, redirecting, scamming
Prevention Avoid suspicious websites, use antivirus protection, perform downloads in Custom mode
System scan Use tools such as Reimage for a full computer scan

Hard Drive safety delete starting bombards warnings about possible data loss and urges for fast reaction. However, even though the developers pretend to be from Microsoft and produce scary alerts, you should note that no respectable company would warn their users through a questionable pop-up message during browsing sessions. If you are still concerned about your machine's safety, use a tool such as Reimage to scan your system and find out the truth.

However, we can guarantee you that the information which is provided in the Hard Drive safety delete starting pop-up scam is completely false. The scan results might only show the cause of this pop-up which sometimes might be an adware program that got installed on your computer secretly somehow. If this is the case, the scam website might start dropping pop-up ads very frequently and causing redirects to affiliate web pages.

You need to remove Hard Drive safety delete starting and all adware-related[2] components from your Windows system. You can do this with reputable anti-malware or by following our step-by-step guide that is presented at the end of this article. However, if you close the scam web page and it disappears for good, there might be no adware in your system at all. If so, you can install an adblocking component and prevent these ads from appearing again in the future.

Hard Drive safety delete starting pop-up scam removal needs to be performed as soon as you start experiencing its notifications very often and your browsing quality begins decreasing due to all of the advertising activities. Stay calm and focus on the elimination as there is no need to worry about all of the false information that is provided in the scam message. If you remove all rogue components properly, you should be no longer dealing with Hard Drive safety delete starting pop-ups.

Potentially unwanted content gets into the system by using deceptive methods

Deceptive marketing techniques such as bundling often allow developers to inject third-party content into software packages that are free and can be downloaded on file sharing websites. By downloading the entire program complect, the user also receives the ad-supported application or other questionable components.

According to tech experts from LesVirus.fr.,[3] preventing this type of activity is possible if you choose the right installation mode. All the avoidable ones are the Recommended and Quick modes which download to the computer every single component. Custom/Advanced configuration is the one you should pick if you want to take full control of your downloads.

You can avoid adware content by taking these precautionary steps also:

  • Closing all suspicious pages that you enter.
  • Avoiding making clicks on questionable links and ads.
  • Regularly updating your software.
  • Installing trustworthy antivirus protection.

Hard Drive safety delete starting pop-up scam removal techniques: manual/automatical

If Hard Drive safety delete starting pop-up ads have been bothering you very frequently lately, installing an adblocking tool will not help to prevent rogue activities. In this case, performing a full system scan and removing the cause is necessary if you want to ensure that your computer and browsers are functioning properly.

You have two ways to remove Hard Drive safety delete starting virus from the infected computer and web browsers. For manual elimination, take a look at the below-provided instructions which will guide you throughout the entire process and allow cleaning browser apps such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari.

The other way to perform the Hard Drive safety delete starting removal is by using reputable anti-malware software.[4] You can choose a program from our provided list or download any other reputable tool that you know. Such software will deal with the cyber threat in a couple of minutes of time and ensure that no suspicious components are left.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they 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 Drive safety delete starting, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Hard Drive safety delete starting from Windows systems

Remove bogus processes and content from your Windows machine by following the below-provided guidelines:

  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 Drive safety delete starting and related programs
    Here, look for Hard Drive safety delete starting 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'
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Delete Hard Drive safety delete starting from Internet Explorer (IE)

Get rid of unnecessary changes and additional extensions from Internet Explorer with the help of these instructions:

  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 Drive safety delete starting 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 Drive safety delete starting removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of Hard Drive safety delete starting 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 Drive safety delete starting should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Hard Drive safety delete starting from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Use this helper guide to bring Mozilla Firefox back to its previous state and get rid of all suspicious-looking components:

  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 Drive safety delete starting 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 Drive safety delete starting removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Hard Drive safety delete starting from Google Chrome

Cleaning your infected Google Chrome web browser can be easy if you follow these instructing steps throughout the entire process:

  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 Drive safety delete starting 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 Drive safety delete starting removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Hard Drive safety delete starting 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 Drive safety delete starting 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 Drive safety delete starting removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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