File Restore (virus) - How to remove

File Restore (virus)

File Restore virus is a malicious program that was designed by computer hackers who are responsible for the huge family of FakeHDD programs. Some of you may already be acquainted with File Recovery. This one works exactly the same way as the latter: it imitates functions of system optimization tool although it’s not able to perform any useful actions at all. The actual purpose of this ransomware is to convince the users of infected machines into thinking that their systems contain some problems and they must buy a full version of File Restore virus in order to solve that.

File Restore virus gets inside the computers using Trojan viruses which ensure that the application would infiltrate without any notice of the user. It doesn’t require special permissions from the users and they only see it once File Restore is already acting on their machine. The application runs a fake scan and reports about numerous system errors that in reality don’t exist on your machine. However, File Restore virus will try to make you purchase its full version by saying that it can fix all issues that your system is dealing with. Here are the errors that you can be presented with:

Hard drive boot sector reading error
System blocks were not found
Error while relocating TARE sectors
The storage device has failed a self-test
The self-test procedure of the storage device has detected an irreparable errors.
SMART state is “Out of order” before the disk scan

You have to be very careful if you got infected with File Restore and not to fall for the misleading information that it provides. None of the errors that the program reports about actually exist on your machine. In fact this badware only wants to get your money but it has nothing to do with real system optimizer.

Remove File Restore ransomware from your machine once you detect it on your computer. Use a reputable antispyware program, for example, Spyhunter to get rid of this nasty malware as quickly as possible. Follow these steps for easier removal:

1. First, I recommend killing the malware process and scanning against rootkits, accompanying File Recovery scareware. This can be done using Process Explorer, Spyhunter installer, or rkill. If you can’t launch IE, use Win+E hotkey and enter there.
2. Second, run anti-rootkit scan. Spyhunter or Hitman Pro has quite good generic scanners together with anti-rootkit ones. In other cases I recommend TDSS Killer.
3. Then delete the files of File Restore. This can be done either automatically or manually .
4. You should unhide all the documents and files. Start->run, enter attrib -h %Documents%\*.*
If you can’t download any program, you can try fake-register File Restore malware with key 08467206738602987934024759008355 (Thanks to Siri for sharing it). This will not remove parasite, but simplify the removal process.

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4 responses to “File Restore (virus)

  1. Thanks for the very hepful information. My computer was infected 2 days ago and I used a full scan using Panda free version antivirus. I still have remnants of the various but my laptop is working fine. Also, I used a full scan provided by that was very useful.

  2. Thanks, guys, he given steps helped me to solve the problem with File Restore Virus. When I got infected, this malware blocked my Internet connection leaving no way to download removal tools. I was running out of options until someone posted a link to this site on Twitter.

  3. I would suggest anyone having this issue follow up by testing their browser for potential hijacks. Try using the search engine (e.g., Google) from the search line on the menu bar. Once the search results are displayed click on one of the results to go to the listed website. Monitor the URL in the address bar and see if you get to the expected location.

    I say this because I too had the File Restore virus and was able to remove it by going to a restore point. Unfortunately there was also a Rootkit.Boot.SST.b present and that is a real humdinger to get rid of… The primary symptom is browser redirects/hijacks.

  4. Hello,

    My name is Rick and I manage the sites and What’s On My PC ( I just want to say that the information you provide to help others is awesome. I have added 2Viruses to the site.

    Keep up the great work…


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