Windows Repair - How to remove?
Windows Repair is a fake system optimization utility that was released in end of March, 2011. This malware belongs to new version of defraggers, that try to imitate and then detect various hardware problems to present a faked solution for them. Additionally, Windows Repair infect PC with help of trojans and vulnerabilities, thus it is not a legitimate software.
Windows Repair is very aggressive and might make PC unusable for a while. It will show various alerts and block legitimate programs from launching to force user into believing there is something wrong with harddisk and other hardware components. While these components might break, the problems detected by Windows Repair are far from realistic and not solvable with software alone. For example, software would not fix error that “32% of HDD space is unreadable”. In most cases, this would require purchasing a new hard disk, as that means HDD exhausted its redundant storage capabilities. This would require purchasing a new hard disk and not some kind of optimization utility.
The message about “Registry defragmentation required” is fake as well. So is “GPU RAM temperature is critically high. Urgent RAM memory optimization is required to prevent system crash” – memory optimization will not solve overheating issues (which would require a better fan for video card). If you believe these messages and try to fix them using that WindowsRepair, you will be asked to pay for removal. As these problems are fake, it is clear that Windows Repair is a scam and should be removed. Here are some of these messages:
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file System32496A8300. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware.
Windows can’t find hard disk space. Hard drive error
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.
The most annoying feature of Windows Repair is that it blocks internet and legitimate programs from launching. Their makers understand, that a scan with decent antivirus would detect them, so this is how they protect from removal. Luckily, there are still ways to remove Windows Repair.
Windows Repair removal guide
First, you should try rebooting, pressing F8 before booting starts and choosing safe mode with networking. Most of malware processes are less active in that mode.
Next, It is recommended to fake – register Windows Repair using this key: 8475082234984902023718742058948. Press on Help & support and choose manual registration. This will make malware think it is registered and you will not be stopped when launching applications.
Then you should disable proxy server in your browser. If you do not know how, there is a guide here: http://www.2-viruses.com/how-to-fix-google-results-hijacker-google-redirect-virus-problem (steps 3 and 4).
Lastly, either stop WindowsRepair processes (listed below ) manually using Process explorer (or task manager) or download and do scan with spyhunter, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Hitman Pro to identify them on disk and assist with their removal.
If you stop processes and delete files manually, do not forget to fix registry after the removal. Windows Repair affected registry keys are listed below.