If you somehow ended up with this rogue program then you probably already know how annoying it can be. The biggest problem with Smart Defragmenter is that it blocks any executables on your computer as claims that they are corrupted. It displays a fake error message with the following text:
Exe file is corrupted and can't be run. Hard drive scan required.
Scan Hard Drive
However, if you attempt to run a program enough times it will eventually work. What is more, Smart Defragmenter will display many fake errors and warnings from your Windows Taskbar. It will claim that your hard drive is missing. That's actually ridiculous. It can't just disappear. Then it will state that the system has been restored after a critical error and that about half of your HDD space is unreadable. Don't fall victim to this rogue program. All these problems are fake. The text of some of the alerts you may see include:
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.
Critical ErrorSome other fake problems read:
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.
Registry Error - Critical ErrorYou will probably see even more such fake alerts and computer errors while Smart Defragmenter is running on your computer. As you can see, this program is absolutely needless, so how to remove it from the system? First of all, you need to delete all files from the Windows Temp folder because the rogue program stores its files there. Then you should download free anti-malware program and scan your computer. By the way, if you have already purchased this rogue program then you should contact your credit card compnay and dispute the charges. Then please follow the Smart Defragmenter removal instructions below. If you have any questions or additional information about this malware, please leave a comment. Good luck and be safe online!
Requested registry access is not allowed. Registry defragmentation required
Hard drive does not respond to system commands
Smart Defragmenter removal instructions using HijackThis or Process Explorer (in Normal mode):
1. Download iexplore.exe (NOTE: iexplore.exe file is renamed HijackThis tool from TrendMicro).
Launch the iexplore.exe and click "Do a system scan only" button.
If you can't open iexplore.exe file then download explorer.scr and run it.
2. Search for such entries in the scan results:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [winsp2up.exe] %Temp%\winsp2up.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS] %Temp%\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
%Temp% refers to the Windows Temp folder. By default, this is:
C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Local Settings\Temp for Windows 2000/XP,
C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Local\Temp for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Select all similar entries and click once on the "Fix checked" button. Close HijackThis tool.
OR you may download Process Explorer and end Smart Defragmenter process(es):
- [SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
4. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.
Smart Defragmenter removal instructions (in Safe Mode with Networking):
1. Reboot your computer is "Safe Mode with Networking". As the computer is booting tap the "F8 key" continuously which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode with Networking" and press Enter key. Read more detailed instructions here: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm
NOTE: Login as the same user you were previously logged in with in the normal Windows mode.
2. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
3. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.
Smart Defragmenter associated files and registry values:
- %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Smart Defragmenter
- %UserProfile%\Desktop\Smart Defragmenter.lnk
- %Temp%\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS]
- %Temp%\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].bmp
- %Temp%\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\ (in Windows 2000/XP)
C:\Users\[UserName]\ (in Windows Vista & Windows 7)
%Temp% refers to:
C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Local Settings\Temp (in Windows 2000/XP)
C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\Temp (in Windows Vista & Windows 7)
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS]"
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "winsp2up.exe"