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How To Remove The File Restore Virus – Fake/Rogue File Restore Repair Diagnostics Program Removal Instructions

What is the File Restore virus (fake diagnostics repair)?

The File Restore virus (File Restore Repair) is a fake Antivirus, Malware removal program, and diagnostic tool belonging to the WinWebSec family that scares unsuspecting users into believing their system is infected with malware, viruses, and Trojans and/or committing critical errors including, hard disk failure and file system errors in order to get the computer user (victim) to purchase or license their rogue File Restore program. In reality the computer system is not infected with these viruses, nor committing such errors, though technically if the File Restore program appear on your system, you are indeed infected with malware (that being the File Restore virus).

Remove File Restore Repair Program

Do not pay for the program, do not enter Activation keys recommend by amateurs to remove File Restore. This will further the progression of the infection and can cause File Restore to remain silent while other malicious processes infect your computer system. If removal of File Restore is orchestrated unproperly you can lose complete control of your computer system as well as become victim to cyber criminal activity involving credit and identity theft.

File Restore Virus Symtoms
  • The File Restore virus installs rogue “optimization” software simply titled “File Restore” without consent onto a victims computer system.
  • Once infected with the File Restore virus, the fake File Restore program scans and displays fake critical warnings, in order to trick the computer user into purchasing the rogue program. This is why rogue programs such as this infection are referred to as “scareware”, they scare the computer user into believing false claims. File Restore may also use the website Secure.file-restore-software.com to promote their product and infect victims with a redirection virus.
  • The File Restore virus may show a series of pop-up alert messages as well as display critical warnings on the File Restore interface.
  • Some of File Restores fake messages, warnings, and scans are detailed below:

Windows Security alert
Your system might be at risk now.
Windows reports that computer is infected.
Antivirus software helps to protect your computer against viruses and other
security threats. Click here for the scan your computer using secure.file-restore-software.com.

Your computer is in a critical state. Hard disk error detected.
During I/O system initialization, the boot device driver might have failed to initialize the boot device. File system initialization might have failed because it did not recognize the data on the boot device.

Windows cannot find chrome. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

System blocks were not found
This has most likely occurred because of hard disk failure.
his may also lead to potential loss of data.

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

How does the File Restore virus infect computers?

The fake File Restore program may have been contracted while unknowingly visiting websites that host malware, including drive-by-download sites, and common browser hijackers. The File Restore virus may have also been contracted due to falling victim to online phishing schemes (involving spam email among others) and telephone phishing schemes, which may be linked to remote access or exchange of personal information by word of mouth or internet connection. Sometimes telephone phishing schemes related to rogue software will call a victim, ask this victim to simply visit a webpage (etc) and from there on either 1. download malware, viruses, and Trojans or 2. collect information about the computer user and complete system activity.

File Restore

The File Restore virus uses a malicious method called backdoor trespassing by exploiting system vulnerabilities to infect a computer. File Restore can infiltrate and infect computers without consent or permission. In doing so their program can remain silent and undetected. As soon as the File Restore virus program is downloaded, File Restore begins scanning through system drives and actively seeks to find potentially unsafe items and errors. File Restore will indeed find fake issues with and on your hard drive and will report these issues in annoying alerts, messages, and notifications.

If the File Restore virus and rogue software is not properly removed from your computer your computer is at risk of losing complete functionality  The File Restore program, alone or along side third party malware is capable of destructing a computer’s hard drive and data. Furthermore, if the File Restore program is not removed you are vulnerable to fall victim to severe cyber crime involving credit theft, identity theft, and more.

  • Use the provided options below to easily and securely remove the fake File Restore repair program from your computer.
Removal Tip

It is not recommended to pay for File Restore, nor use any activation keys. This does not remove the infection but is commonly suggested by security “bloggers” whom do not know any better. Their removal information is as harmful as the File Restore virus. Though still having said this, if you wish to use an activation “security” code, a few popular ones are detailed below.

Security Codes:

  • 08869246386344953972969146034087
  • 08467206738602987934024759008355

1. Anti-Malware Software (Remove/Troubleshoot Malware)

Malwarebytes is the most recommended Antivirus – Anti-Malware software used to scan, detect, and remove malware including browser hijackers and rogue softwaer. View other Antivirus recommendations.
Remove Virus

2. System Restore  (Remove/Troubleshoot Malware)

Perform a system restore to an automatic restore point created by Window’s each week or during system updates. This can be very helpful to remove severe malware infections including the File Restore virus.

3. Safe Mode With Networking

If you can not  access the Internet or Network you are connected to, in order to properly troubleshoot affecting malware. Try Safe Mode with Networking in order to install software from the internet, update software from your PC, and generally maintain a sufficient internet and network connection. If curent Antivirus programs have malfuntioned due to a progression in this malware, Safe Mode with Networking will also allow your sytem to bypass the infection to allow these programs to process correctly. Please note it is best when using an account with administrator rights.

1. Reboot your computer in Safe Mode with Networking. As the computer is booting (when it reaches the manufacture’s logo) tap the F8 key continuously to reach the correct menu. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use your keyboard to navigate to Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.

Safe mode with networking

2. If your screen appears black with the words safe mode in all four corners. Click your mouse where Windows Start Menu is generally located to bring up the necessary browsing window. If you are able to, access the internet, install software such as Malwarebytes and remove the File Restore virus.

3. If you are still having issues accessing the Internet after restarting in SMWN, try resetting your Internet Explorer proxy settings.

Two separate troubleshoot options to reset IE are detailed below.

How To Reset Internet Explorer Proxy Settings
  • Option 1

In Windows 7 click the Start button . In the search box type run and in the list of results click Run.
In Windows Vista click the Start button and then click Run.
In Windows XP click Start and then click Run.

Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box and click OK:

reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” /v ProxyEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

In Windows 7 click the Start button. In the search box type run and  in the list of results click Run.
In Windows Vista click the Start button and then click Run.
In Windows XP click Start and then click Run.

Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box and click OK:

reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” /v ProxyServer /f

Restart Internet Explorer and then follow the steps listed previously to run the scanner

  • Option 2

Launch Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools >Internet Options >Connections tab.
Click Lan Settings button and un-check the check-box labeled Use a proxy server for your LAN. Click OK.


4. It is now recommended to download Malwarebytes (free or paid version, or other software) and run a full system scan to remove the rogue File Restore program.

Jared Harrison

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