Windows 7 Restore (Windows7Restore) Virus Removal Guide
Windows 7 Restore is a fake disk optimization application and is a Rogue Security Application. If programs and files have disappeared off the computer, there is a high chance of an infection by Windows 7 Restore. However, these files and programs can be recovered and we will discuss further in the guide how to recover these files. Windows 7 Restore is the newer version of Windows 7 Recovery. While the name of the application has changed, many of the same symptoms remain.
Windows 7 Restore is modeled after other real disk optimization programs. A real disk optimization program will optimize the computer hard drive. Windows 7 Restore warns the user about issues (which the program will create) and then provides the program as a fix. For example, the program will hide files on the computer and then show a warning about hard disk failure. Further in the guide we will discuss how to get the files unhidden. Before attempting to remove Windows 7 Restore, we recommend reading the comments posted by users who were infected by Windows Restore, the comments posted by users who were infected by Windows Recovery, and the comments posted by users who were infected by Windows XP Recovery since these viruses are similar. There are roughly 30 to 40 comments which will help.
Below is our recommended removal tool for Windows 7 Restore. The removal tool has been rated 5 cows out of 5 by Tucows and was previously CNET’s Editor’s Choice. Feel free to download it below.
If you are unable to run the removal tool, or are unable to run any programs in general, you may need to stop the processes associated with Windows 7 Restore with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Windows 7 Restore, try using Process Explorer. Also, try renaming the removal tool to iexplore.exe or to a random series of characters in order for the program to not be blocked by Windows 7 Restore. If you would rather manually remove Windows 7 Restore, please go to the bottom of the guide to learn how. Also, we recommend checking our removal tips which will help to remove Windows 7 Restore.
Important - Windows 7 Restore will hide other files and folders in the computer in an attempt to try and convince the user that there are issues with the hard drive. Therefore, by turning on “show hidden files and folders,” the user will be able to see their files. In Windows 7, you can search “hidden files and folders” in the Windows Search Bar to find the folder options. To bring up the Windows Search Bar, click on the Windows 7 logo in the bottom left hand portion of the screen, which will bring up the programs. In Windows XP, the user will need to go to tools and then go to folder options in the file manager. In folder options, click “View” and scroll down to “Hidden files and folders.” This will allow the user to see the hidden files and folders. In order too make these files unhidden, you will need to go to the following location.
Windows Vista & Windows 7 – C:\Users\
Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\
The user will need to locate the folder with their username. They will then need to right click on the folder and left click on properties. This will bring up the properties. Deselect the hidden box and click ok. A box will come up and select to apply changes to the folder, subfolder, and files.
Below are some warnings shown by Windows 7 Restore.
“Hard Drive Failure
The system has detected a problem with one or more installed IDE / SATA hard disks. It is recommended that you restart the system.”
An error occurred while reading system files. Run a system diagnostic utility to check your hard disk drive for errors.”
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.”
Windows 7 Restore, like many other fake fake programs, will also claim that there are many issues with the user’s computer. Some of these issues can be found below.
“Registry Error – Critical Error
Boot sector of the hard drive disk is damaged – Critical Error
RAM temperature is critically high. Urgent RAM memory optimization is required to prevent system crash
RAM memory temperature is 83 Celsius. Optimization is required for normal operation.
Read time of hard drive clusters less than 500 ms – Critical Error
A problem detected while reading boot operating system files
Drive C initializing error
Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table – Critical Error
Data Safety Problem. System integrity is at risk.
Hard drive doesn’t respond to system commands – Critical Error
32% of HDD space is unreadable – Critical Error”
Below are additional warnings created by Windows 7 Restore.
“Critical Hard Disk Drive Error
Critical hard disk drive error has been detected!
Windows 7 Restore detected a bad sector on your hard drive.”
Hard drive critical error. Run a system diagnostic utility to check your hard disk drive for errors. Windows can’t find hard disk space. Hart drive error.”
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.”
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.”
“Low Disk Space
You are running very low disk space on Local Disk (C:).”
“Windows – No Disk
Exeception Processing Message 0×0000013.”
A critical error has occured while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.”
As previous mentioned, the purpose of these messages are likely just to scare the user into purchasing the fake program and to make them believe that there are major issues in the computer. The chances of having hard disk issues are real low. You can check with the Chkdsk program which is part of Windows.
It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because Windows 7 Restore will generally not be able to load in safe mode. To enter safe mode, restart the computer and press F8 multiple times before the Windows screen to bring up the boot options.
The safe mode with networking option will allow the user to be able to use the internet in safe mode. Windows 7 Restore can be removed by using the
Manual Windows 7 Restore Removal – In order to manually remove Windows 7 Restore, the processes associated with Windows 7 Restore must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before Windows 7 Restore entered the computer.
Important: Before attempting to manually remove Windows 7 Restore, we recommend that the user read through comments posted by other users on how they removed specific fake antivirus programs since many fake antivirus programs are similar. These comments can be found by clicking here. These comments may provide additional information which may be useful in removing Windows 7 Restore. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.
Stop Windows 7 Restore Processes (Learn How To Do This)
To clarify, [random].exe means that the executable for Windows 7 Restore will be a set of random characters. This executable will be different from computer to computer. There may be multiple random executables associated with this virus. They will generally all be found in the same folder.
Remove Windows 7 Restore Files (Learn How To Do This)
Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\[random].exe
Windows Vista & Windows 7 – C:\ProgramData\[random].exe
Remove Windows 7 Restore Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows 7 Restore
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Windows 7 Restore
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows 7 Restore
Remove Windows 7 Restore Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
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