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How to remove Windows Disk virus

Windows Disk is a fake hard disk defragmenter software that blocks Windows legitimate applications, hijacks Internet Explorer, displays false information that the computer’s memory or hard drive is corrupt in order to trick you into thinking your computer has a lot of serious problems. The misleading program will state that all you have to do in order to fix these problems and errors is purchase its full version. Important to known, WindowsDisk is unable to detect and fix any problems, so do not pay for the bogus software, simply ignore all that it will display you.

Windows Disk from same family of malware as Fast Disk, My Disk, etc. It is promoted and installed itself on your computer without your permission and knowledge through the use of trojans or other malicious software as you do not even notice that. Moreover, cyber criminals may also distribute WindowsDisk via Twitter, My Space, Facebook and spam emails. Please be careful when opening attachments and downloading files or otherwise you can end up with a rogue program on your PC. Remember that the rogue is a highly dangerous application and you need remove Windows Disk as soon as possible!

Like other fake computer optimization programs, the rogue will simulate a system scan and “detect” numerous critical errors, e.g. “Drive C initializing error”, “Read time of hard drive clusters less than 500 ms”, “32% of HDD space is unreadable”, “Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table”, etc. Next, WindowsDisk will ask you to pay for the fake software before it “repairs” your machine of the problems. Of course, all of these errors are a fake. Thus, you can safety ignore the false scan results.

Windows Disk will block all Windows legitimate applications from running. Important to note, if you attempt to run a program enough times it will eventually work. The following warning will be shown when you attempt to run a program:

Windows detected a hard drive problem.
A hard drive error occurred while starting the application

Moreover, this malware will display various fake alerts. The text of some of the alerts are:

System Restore
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.

Windows – No Disk
Exception Processing Message 0×0000013

Critical Error
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.

Just like false scan results above, all of these alerts are a fake and supposed to scare you into thinking your computer is in danger. You should ignore all of them!

As you can see, all WindowsDisk does is fake and you should stay away from the malicious application! If your PC has been infected with the rogue, then ignore all it gives you and follow the removal instructions below in order to remove Windows Disk and any associated malware from your computer for free.

Automated Removal Instructions for Windows Disk

Step 1. Reboot your computer in Safe mode with networking

Restart your computer.

After hearing your computer beep once during startup, start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.

Instead of Windows loading as normal, Windows Advanced Options menu appears similar to the one below.

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Windows Advanced Options menu

When the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, select Safe mode with networking and then press ENTER.

Step 2. Stop Windows Disk from running

Download HijackThis from here. Run HijackThis and click Scan button to perform a system scan. Place a checkmark against each of lines:

O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [{RANDOM}.exe] %CommonAppData%\{RANDOM}.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [{RANDOM}] %CommonAppData%\{RANDOM}.exe

Example:

O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [CvdCEPoYRb.exe] C:\DOCUME~1\ALLUSE~1\APPLIC~1\CvdCEPoYRb.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [SaMFLunm] C:\DOCUME~1\ALLUSE~1\APPLIC~1\SaMFLunm.exe

Note: list of infected items may be different. Template of the malicious entries:
Variant 1: O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [{random string}] %CommonAppData%\{random string}.exe;
Variant 2: O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [{random string}.exe] %CommonAppData%\{random string}.exe;
%CommonAppData% is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data (for Windows XP/2000) or C:\ProgramData (for Windows 7/Vista).
If you unsure, then check it in Google. Skip this step, if you does not find any malicious lines.

Place a checkmark against each of them. Once you have selected all entries, close all running programs then click once on the “fix checked” button. Close HijackThis.

Step 3. Remove Windows Disk associated malware

Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Close all programs and Windows on your computer.

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, then click Finish.

If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.

Once the program has loaded you will see window similar to the one below.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window

Select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan, it will start scanning your computer for Windows Disk infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.

When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of infected items similar as shown below. Note: list of infected items may be different than what is shown in the image below.

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Malwarebytes Anti-malware, list of infected items

Make sure all entries have a checkmark at their far left and click “Remove Selected” button to remove Windows Disk. MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now remove all of associated WindowsDisk files and registry keys and add them to the programs’ quarantine. When MalwareBytes Anti-malware has finished removing the infection, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.

Windows Disk removal notes

Note 1: if you can not download, install, run or update Malwarebytes Anti-malware, then follow the steps: Malwarebytes won`t install, run or update – How to fix it.

Note 2: if you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.

Note 3: your current antispyware and antivirus software let the infection through ? Then you may want to consider purchasing the FULL version of MalwareBytes Anti-malware to protect your computer in the future.

Windows Disk creates the following files and folders

%UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Disk.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Disk\Windows Disk.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Disk\Uninstall Windows Disk.lnk
%CommonAppData%\{RANDOM}.exe
%CommonAppData%\{RANDOM}
%CommonAppData%\{RANDOM}.dat

Note: %CommonAppData% is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data (for Windows XP/2000) or C:\ProgramData (for Windows 7/Vista)

Windows Disk creates the following registry keys and values

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run | {RANDOM}

January 28, 2011 on 10:02 am | In Malware, Malware removal | 6 Comments |


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  1. I found new install folder for Windows disk virus
    C:\programData\ (hidden).

    Comment by darakilas — February 2, 2011 #

  2. Not working..I did run the hijack from here and also mbam..still see that windows disk icon on my desktop..how to uninstall it?

    Comment by AKS — February 12, 2011 #

  3. AKS, remove this icon manually.

    Comment by Patrik (Myantispyware admin) — February 15, 2011 #

  4. I did this (thank you!). I am having the problem now that I cannot see my programs in the Start All Programs tab; I only see an empty open office folder. I can open excel and can find it using the search, but it doesn’t come up in my All Programs list. Any ideas?

    Comment by Julia — April 19, 2011 #

  5. I cannot view my desktop also, anyone know how to get icons and program files back in the start menu back? Thanks!

    Comment by Eric — June 4, 2011 #

  6. For anyone else that runs across this one, your start menu items and desktop items were set to hidden mode. You can get this back in place by removing the hidden checkbox on the directory for start menu and desktop. Be sure to apply the changes to the subdirectories too.

    Comment by Dan — April 1, 2012 #

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