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Demand for System Check virus removal increases

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…

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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John Hannah
John Hannah

I just got this turd yesterday.  My machine is a dual core running XP with AVG, Malware, Zone Alarm and other stuff and not one caught it.   I can’t get the machine to boot in safe mode,  I tried putting IExplore on a flash drive, but could not get it to run using Run with keyboard shortcut.  Can’t get access to computer or C drive or apparently any other drive.  Start window only has two icons in it.  The main System Check screen won’t close.  Ctrl+Alt+ Del does not work.  Can’t get at Control Panel or any way to… Read more »

Chopec79
Chopec79

I used a jump drive and installed malewarebytes in safe mode. I had to run it a few time because for some unknown reason when I rebooted and was not deleting the 3 main ones. Once I got it clean I went to bleeping computer and copied over unhide.exe to my jump drive from the page for the system check virus and ran it on my pc that was infected. It brought everything back. The only issue I am having is firefox not working right. I am going to unistall and reinstall that. Thank you for this page and thank… Read more »

Ben
Ben

@c1733d2e1780f198342138b5ce976316:disqus 

There’s a program running around called “Unhide.exe”. If you run that, you’ll get your stuff back. You might also need to delete the “HideTaskMgr” data entry from the registry.

Wijems_woman
Wijems_woman

None of the steps are helping so far…I’ve ran everything, done the show hidden files….nothing is working

Fifi61
Fifi61

Its not as easy to remove as it states.  I have been doing the steps on and off for four days and it keeps coming back.  It’s been hijacking my browser and it hides your programs and everything that appears in your start button and your “all programs” area.  I suggest you “dock” explorer or whatever browser you use on your system tray (bottom toolbar) as that is the only way I could access the internet to download the fixes.  It is BRUTAL and does come back.  I’m finally virus free, but it was a long drawn out process to… Read more »

Fifi61
Fifi61

Its not as easy to remove as it states.  I have been doing the steps on and off for four days and it keeps coming back.  It’s been hijacking my browser and it hides your programs and everything that appears in your start button and your “all programs” area.  I suggest you “dock” explorer or whatever browser you use on your system tray (bottom toolbar) as that is the only way I could access the internet to download the fixes.  It is BRUTAL and does come back.  I’m finally virus free, but it was a long drawn out process to… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

My task manager won’t come up and system check has hidden itself on my desktop and search bar… help!

Annie white
Annie white

A good explanation.And this helped ma a lot…

Graham
Graham

Just finished trying to expunge this little blighter.

It almost completely bricked my computer until I restarted and used built in system diagnostics to load a system restore point from a few days ago.  That seemed to kill entries it had in startup.

I’m halfway through running Malwarebytes and have found nothing.  I’ve also run Spyware Doctor and found nothing.

It made a few of my personal documents invisible, but I’ve not observed any other damage.

I really hope it didn’t get into my Firefox saved passwords directory.

System Restore seems to have killed it.

Christy
Christy

I can’t get the task manager to stay open therefore cannot delete the files in the ProgramData folder.  Any suggestions?

A. White
A. White

I was infected by System Check yesterday from a driveby download. It dodged Malwarebytes and AVG until on chance AVG (that let the virus in in the first place) happened to catch the random-named exe trying to connect to the internet and forcefully removed it. Still doing damage analysis and repair. Definitely the nastiest virus/malware I’ve encountered but luckily I didn’t get the strain with the TDSS rootkit. 

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