Just after Christmas we started hearing about a new virus which was affecting Windows-based PCs, this is known as ‘System Check’ and it almost looks like a genuine program, however it is in fact malware which tries to trick you into purchasing unneeded dodgy applications. The good news is that the infection is pretty easy to remove, so for now ignore the fake messages such as: “Hard drive clusters are partly damaged. Segment load failure” and sit back and relax while we point you in the direction of some great removal guides.
Before we get started we will talk about this particular infection a little, once infected by System Check the program tricks you into thinking it is a genuine utility which is reporting legitimate problems with your computer, however it is scareware which tries to fool you into activating the “fully-functional” version of the software, by doing this you wasting roughly $40 and are at risk of having your bank account details compromised So don’t fall for the scam!
Below we have embedded a graph which shows just how much of a jump Google search has seen for the terms “System Check virus”. As you can see it first began to spike on December 27-28 and since then has been searched a lot by people around the World (especially in the United States), this shows just how far the infection spread and how many people have searched for information on how to remove it.
If you head over to BleepingComputer you can see a full removal guide, the process is pretty simple, just follow the instructions in full and you should be infection free within an hour or so, to summarize you must start your computer in “Safe Mode with Networking”, download and run rKill, download and run iExplore.exe, download and install Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and then update it and run a full system scan, once complete remove all of the infections the scan finds and restart your PC – you should now be infection free.
We have embedded a video below which we found over at YouTube, this shows you how to manually remove System Check, however in some cases the infection may disable such methods from working – the best thing to do is read Bleeping Computer’s removal guide in full and do exactly what they say.
Did this help you remove System Check from your computer? If you are still experiencing problems why not leave a comment below and the PR community may be able to help you…