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25 June 2013

Hello Lenny,      
         
Computer malware on HP notebook nx6125

I am very careful when using the Internet but only this week discovered that Smart HDD malware must have invaded my HP notebook. It copies files to the hard drive and creates branches in the system register. It shows a fake message: 1720 SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure, attribute #5 on the first screen when booting up.

My computer now boots up extremely slowly and can be slow on gaining access to the internet. Please can advise be given on how I can remove this Smart HDD malware relatively easily, using free application removal software?

Kind regards,
Brent

Answer
To remove Smart HDD malware, go here.  Author is Stelian Pilici.

You'll note that you can disable popups by entering a license key.  Don't do this; the software isn't trustworthy and may probe your machine for personal or financial information.

Please report back, to let me know how well Mr. Pilici's instructions worked for you.

I look forward to your reply.
- John

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Expertise

Linux, Windows, Open/Free BSD, OSX. Embedded MMU-less (firmware) devt.

Experience

Securing systems since 1982. Tip: Switching from a system that is (statistically) more prevalent to one that is less prevalent will help.

Organizations
Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG Auxiliary), ACM

Publications
Student Doctor Magazine EE Times Network World blog Navy CIO blog RTCA/DO-178B, "Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification", (member of SC-167), RTCA/DO-160C, "Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment", (member of SC-135)

Education/Credentials
Master of Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering Option) Digital Forensics Basics, Texas Engineering Extension Secure Software, Texas Engineering Extension Network Security, Texas Engineering Extension Infosec Basics, Texas Engineering Extension Information Assurance Awareness, Department of Defense Information Systems Security, United States Coast Guard Online safety for parents and children, Fort Collins Police Department Spear Phishing, Defense Information Security Agency, DISA Spear Phishing, United States Coast Guard, USCG Meeting the Media, Testifying, Presentations, Arch Lustberg FEMA (ICS-100, -200, -210, -700, 800) United States Coast Guard Defense Information Systems Agency United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Crosby Quality Workgroup Facilitator Trainer Crosby Quality Education System Wisconsin University

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