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How to remove DataHealer

By on March 27, 2008 @ 04:10 PM | Read 4,619 times.
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DataHealer is a rogue anti-spyware from the makers of SpySheriff. DataHealer is advertised through misleading website popups that attempt to look like anti-malware scans of your computer. When these fake scans are done they will state you are infected with a variety of malware. In reality, these are just advertisements and no program is actually scanning your computer. They show these fake scans in order to scare you into downloading and installing DataHealer. Once DataHealer is installed, it will automatically scan your computer and list a variety of found infections and security risks. All of these risks are either grossly exaggerated or wrong and are being shown in order to scare you into purchasing a license of the software so that you can remove them. This is obviously a scam and you should not purchase the software.


DataHealer Screenshot
DataHealer Screenshot


This guide will walk you through removing the DataHealer program.


Threat Classification:


Advanced information:

View DataHealer files.
View DataHealer Registry Information.


Entries for this program found in the Uninstall Programs control panel:



Tools Needed for this fix:


Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [DataHealer] C:\Program Files\DataHealer\DataHealer.exe


Article Updates:

03/27/08 - Initial guide creation.


Automated Removal Instructions for DataHealer using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:

  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following location and save it to your desktop:

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)

  3. Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.

  4. Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

  5. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.

  6. MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.

  7. MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  8. When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.

    MalwareBytes Scan Results

    You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.

  9. You can now exit the MBAM program.

Your computer should now be free of the Data Healer program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.

If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help


View Associated DataHealer Files

c:\Program Files\DataHealer
c:\Program Files\DataHealer\DataHealer.exe
c:\Program Files\DataHealer\DataHealer.lic
c:\Program Files\DataHealer\DataHealer0.dh
c:\Program Files\DataHealer\DataHealer0.dll
c:\Program Files\DataHealer\DataHealer1.dh
c:\Program Files\DataHealer\DataHealer1.dll
c:\Program Files\DataHealer\DataHealer3.dll
c:\Program Files\DataHealer\Uninstall.exe
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\Perflib_Perfdata_d4.dat
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\DataHealer
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\DataHealer\DataHealer.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\DataHealer\Uninstall.lnk

File Location Notes:

%UserProfile% refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> for Windows 2000/XP, C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7/8, and c:\winnt\profiles\<Current User> for Windows NT.

View Associated DataHealer Windows Registry Information

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "DataHealer"


This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.

BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our Am I infected? What do I do? and someone will help you.

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