File Restore. Seriously?

I’m afraid not, because here we go again – fake computer applications infecting your system and demanding your money. Back in July I wrote about File Recovery – a fake defragmentation tool that is more than eager to foist its services on you. And here comes its younger “brother” – File Restore. Actually, File Restore’s looks and behavior is no different from File Recovery’s or other predecessors’ (including Smart HDD, Data Recovery). The main point of this infection is that File Restore poses as a useful program, it causes various problems within your system and then it expects you to pay for a service it cannot provide you with.

I’ve seen users complain all over security-related forums and help sites, saying that File Restore deletes their files and there’s no way to remove it. Well, that is rather far from the truth. File Restore is just a rogue program, and it’s not powerful enough to delete your system files (MIND YOU). However, I’ve had an experience of being infected with a fake defragmentation tool before, and my files have been “deleted” as well. Only, they were NOT. File Restore simply hides your files by messing up the “Show hidden files and folders” settings in the Control Panel.
It’s actually possible to kill off File Restore’s infection symptoms with one activation key:


When File Restore performs a full system scan and “finds” tons of error, it will offer you to “repair” these issues. However, in order to repair the errors, it will ask you to register the program and get the newest license. This is where a lot of users actually spend their own money on an absolutely worthless product. But instead of paying for this scam, you should enter a random email address in the registration form, and then for the activation key copy and paste the code above. And voila – for a time being File Restore will calm down.

Such annoying messages as:

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


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.

Will no longer appear on your screen, but that does not mean you can heave a sigh of relief. Some users actually think that by registering File Restore the problem disappears, but that is a wrong thing to think. If you let the rogue be, it will come back and off goes the vicious circle again. Therefore, to terminate File Restore for good, you need to either refer to a list of rogue files you need to remove, or use an antimalware program that can delete the rogue automatically.

Actually, it’s your own choice what to do about File Restore infection. As long as you don’t waste your money on this program, everything should be alright, no matter which removal method you choose.


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