Windows Vista Repair Virus Removal Guide
Windows Vista Repair is a fake disk and computer optimization application designed for Windows Vista. By having Windows Vista in the name of the program, some users may believe that Windows Vista Repair is a system tool for Windows Vista. They may also believe that the program was designed by Windows to help Windows users. However, the program is fake and is installed by a third party hoping to profit from sales of Windows Vista Repair. Windows Vista Repair is designed for Windows Vista but there are versions for Windows XP and Windows 7. Windows XP Repair is for Windows XP and Windows 7 Repair is for Windows 7. These three fake applications replace Windows XP Restore, Windows Vista Restore, and Windows 7 Restore. Windows Vista Repair and Windows Vista Restore have the same design and features. They both have a scanner module, stardard module, and advanced module. These two will generally show 11 errors found on all computers for the scan results. This application should be removed since it does make changes to Windows which are not recommended.
A disk and computer optimization program is designed to optimize the computer to operate faster. For example, the program may optimize the computer hard drive and computer memory to operate faster. However, a fake disk and computer optimization program will create pop ups about issues that don’t exist in hopes that the user will purchase the program. Windows Vista Repair will also hide files on the computer in order to scare the user into purchasing the program; however, it is important to note that the files are hidden but still there on the computer. Further in the guide we will discuss how to find these files. 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 may provide insight into the successful removal of Windows Vista Repair since they are all from the same family of viruses.
Below is our recommended removal tool for Windows Vista Repair. 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 Vista Repair with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Windows Vista Repair, try using Process Explorer. Also, try renaming the removal tool to iexplore.exe or to a random series of characters, which may allow the program to not be blocked by Windows Vista Repair. If you would rather manually remove Windows Vista Repair, we recommend checking our removal tips which will help to remove Windows Vista Repair.
Important - Windows Vista Repair 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 Vista Repair.
“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 Vista Repair, 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 Vista Repair.
“Critical Hard Disk Drive Error
Critical hard disk drive error has been detected!
Windows Vista Repair 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 mentions, 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. If there really was a hard drive failure, the computer would not even load Windows. We recommend removing Windows Vista Repair and then restoring the computer to its original state. This can be done successfully by automatically removing the virus or by manually removing it.
It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because Windows Vista Repair 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 Vista Repair can be removed by using the
Manual Windows Vista Repair Removal – In order to manually remove Windows Vista Repair, the processes associated with Windows Vista Repair 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 Vista Repair entered the computer.
Important: Before attempting to manually remove Windows Vista Repair, 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 Vista Repair. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.
Stop Windows Vista Repair Processes (Learn How To Do This)
To clarify, [random].exe means that the executable for Windows Vista Repair will be a set of random characters. This executable will be different from computer to computer. There may be multiple random executables associate with this virus. Generally, Windows Vista Repair will have two executables with a random name. One executable will run Windows Vista Repair while the other will create the constant pop ups.
Remove Windows Vista Repair 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 Vista Repair Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows Vista Repair
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Windows Vista Repair
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows Vista Repair
Remove Windows Vista Repair Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
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