Data Recovery program you see at the screenshot is not the right type of software to restore missing data, even though it actually can perform some imitation of file recovery. Here is how it works. First, the program deletes the majority of your important files, folders, icons, screenshots located at the desktop, adds hidden status to the majority of other files and folders. On the other hand, it creates the backup copy of the desktop data, quick launch items, list of programs in the Start menu, shortcuts and icons, etc. These backup copies are generally stored in a specially designated and created “smtmp” folder. As you see, this program first makes problems and then tells you that it can fix them on the condition that you first pay for its powerless “licensed” version. Such way of behavior is typical for all malwares that are known as fake hard drive defragmenters that ask users to pay for the activation key of it as the supposed remedy to fix their PC problems. The sad fact is that some people have already been tricked by this hoax (Data Recovery malware, in particular). They paid money for nothing good, because the program itself caused the multitude of problems and then prompted users into buying its “full version” as the solution to repair the multitude of fake system, hard drive and memory errors.
Data Recovery virus enters your system in a hidden manner. You can’t terminate its installation because you cannot see it. In addition, the malware blocks Task Manager as soon as it is successfully implanted, so you are not able to stop its malicious processes so easily. As soon as it is launched the rogue starts scaring you with a lot of untrue information about various kinds of system, memory and hard drive troubles of your PC. Here are some extracts from what this scam tends to inform you about:
Hard drives diagnostic report
Your computer is in critical state. Hard disk error detected.
As a result it can lead to hard disk failure and potential loss of data.
It is highly recommended to repair all found errors to prevent loss of files, applications and documents stored on your computer.
And here are some other fake system errors reported by Smart HDD scam:
Hard drive boot sector reading error
During I/O system initialization, the boot device driver might have failed to initialize the boot device. File system initialization might have failed because it did not recognize the data on the boot device.
System blocks were not found
This has most likely occurred because of hard disk failure.
This may also lead to a potential loss of data.
Error 0×00000024 – NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM
The Stop 0×24 message indicates that a problems occurred within Ntfs.sys, the driver file that allows the system to read and write to NTFS file system drives. It is most often related to hard drive errors.
Error 0×00000078 – INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
The Stop 0×78 message indicates that Windows has lost access to the system partition or boot volume during the startup process. During I/O system initialization, the boot device driver might have failed to initialize the boot device (typically a hard disk). Repartitioning the system partition or installing a new SATA/RAID adapter or disk controller might also induce this error.
The DRM attribute value is too small before disk scan
Drive Reliability Monitor (a system or monitoring the reliability of disc drive functioning). The malfunction counter built into the disk drive shows excessive number of malfunctions. The storage device needs to be replaced.
Error 0×00000050 – PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
The Stop 0×50 message indicates that requested data was not in memory. The system generates an exception error when using a reference to an invalid system memory address.
Error 0x0000002E – DATA_BUS_ERROR
The Stop 0x2E message is typically caused by failed or defective RAM (including motherboard, Level 2 cache, or video memory), incompatible or mismatched memory hardware, or when a device driver attempts to access an address in the 0x8xxxxxxx range that does not exist (does not map to a physical address).
Indeed, the multitude of the above-said error notifications is scary indeed for those users who aren’t aware of the fact that Data Recovery is a typical rogue. This is why we published this article – to shed the light on this malware and the ways it can be eliminated from infected computer. So, in case your PC didn’t escape the spread of this hoax, you may have the reliable source of information about effective removal of it.
It is recommended that you first scan your system with reliable anti-virus software that is effective enough to delete the malicious files, folders and registry entries of Data Recovery rogue. However, this is surely not the end for the restoration process of your workstation. Another challenge is to recover your hidden files and other data (the results of Data Recovery rogue presence on your PC).
There are several programs over the Internet that can help you restore the data that was wiped off by the malware. Still, sometimes they aren’t effective enough. This is why you may try our manual file recovery solution – it is available when you click this link: http://www.deletevirus.net/how-to-restore-files-missing-because-of-virus/. Consider installing the powerful anti-virus software that will assist you in prevention of further malicious attacks.
Of course, by now you understand that Data Recovery is a serious enemy for your system. Investing funds into its license is the waste of it. This application was developed by online criminals solely for the purpose of obtaining funds from deceived users in various parts of the world. So, if your computer got infected with Data Recovery scam and you removed it and restored your files successfully, why don’t you share this important information with your friends? Please feel free to do this through your preferred social networks (the share links are available above).
Avoid fake payment processing pages of this rogue that looks like this:
Do not buy the fake license of the rogue when it recommends you to do so: