Quick Defrag Malware: How to Remove it from Your Computer
Well, we’ve just busted in the new year of 2011 and here comes a new malware program: “Quick Defrag,” which tries to trick you into thinking your computer has hard disk problems and tries to get you to purchase their Quick Defrag program. This is just MALWARE, people, so don’t fall for it. The Quick Defrag malware can be removed quite easily from your computer with the right tools.
One day into the new year and I myself was infected with Quick Defrag. No idea how or where I got it, exactly, but all of a sudden, after surfing the web and having my Firefox browser freeze up on me, every time I tried to open up an executable program I got a pop up window saying the program could not be opened due to hard disk errors. Upon closing that pop up window another one would pop up asking if I wanted to scan my system. I did that once, and of course it told me I had hard disk errors and needed to download the “Quick Defrag” program. I did NOT fall for that, knowing it must be malware of some sort, but upon restarting my computer I found a “Quick Defrag” icon on my desktop (so it downloaded onto my computer anyway) and I still could not open any programs and I kept getting fake Windows Security alerts telling me I had all sorts of RAM and disc problems. This was quite a nuisance, but I was able to remove it from my computer, and here’s how to get rid of the Quick Defrag malware if you get infected…
1) Download Malwarebytes: I was able to get rid of the Quick Defrag malware with my favorite free anti-malware program, Malwarebytes. If you don’t already have Malwarebytes, it is an awesome FREE program that has helped me out countless times getting rid of malware. Malwarebytes can be downloaded for free here: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
To get rid of the Quick Defrag malware with Malwarebytes, you need to have the very latest Malwarebytes update, which is dated January 2, 2011. I first tried to clean my computer with Malwarebytes without that update and it did not find Quick Defrag on my system. After getting the January 2, 2011 update Malwarebytes did find and remove Quick Defrag. You will have to download Malwarebytes and the update while in “safe mode” because Quick Defrag puts a damper on any downloads while you are infected with it. To get into “safe mode” restart your computer and hold down the “F8” key until it starts up, and choose the “safe mode with networking” option, that way you will be able to connect to the internet while in safe mode.
2) Run Malwarebytes in “safe mode”: Since Quick Defrag won’t let you open programs while you are infected with it, it is necessary to run Malwarebytes in “safe mode” (Again, restart your computer and hold down the “F8” key to get into safe mode) It is best to do a “full scan” with Malwarebytes, and chances are it will find the offending malware and trojan files on your computer. Simply follow the Malwarebytes instructions to remove the malware files, then you will have to restart your computer.
Upon restarting your computer you may find that the “Quick Defrag” icon is still on your desktop and “Quick Defrag” is still listed under “Programs”… simply throw the desktop icon into the trash and while viewing your “Programs” list, right-click on “Quick Defrag” and hit “delete.” Finally, empty your trash. This worked for me and I have not been bothered by Quick Defrag since.