File Recovery DescriptionFile Recovery belongs to a family of bogus system optimization applications named FakeSysDef. These fake defragmenters and disk repair utilities are a scam which goal is to prey on inexperienced computer users. Like most rogue defragmenters, File Recovery will harass the computer user with numerous error messages and system alerts in order to convince them that they need to purchase an expensive 'upgrade' for this useless application. Once File Recovery is installed, File Recovery will run automatically whenever you start up Windows and cannot be removed easily through normal means. Removing File Recovery will require the use of an anti-malware program. ESG security analysts strongly advise to ignore File Recovery's alarming error messages and to regard this program as a malware infection rather than as a supposed computer optimization application.
File Recovery has numerous clones, which have been around since at least 2010. Examples of clones of File Recovery include programs with names such as Windows Security & Control, HDD Plus, Computer Fix, Win Defrag, Win Disk, Rogue.PC Repair, WinScan, Disk Repair, Windows Recovery Series, Smart Defragmenter, Rogue.Windows XP System Repair, Good Memory, PUP.PC Health Kit, Win HDD, Defragmenter, HDD Tools, Windows XP Recovery, Data Repair, Ultra Defragger, HDD Rescue, Rogue.Windows Vista System Repair, PC Cleaner Pro 2012, Windows Scan, Disk OK, HDD Diagnostic, Rogue.Windows Fix, System Defragmenter, Rogue.Master Utilities, Rogue.File Integrity Checker, WindowsTool, Windows Disk, Windows Restore, Windows Optimization Center, Scanner, Smart Data Recovery, HDD OK, HDD Fix, Windows 7 Repair, Disk Recovery, Rogue.Windows Startup Repair, HDD Control, My Disk, Windows Repair, Hard Drive Diagnostic, Rogue.Data Recovery, Windows XP Fix, HDD Low, Memory Fixer, Rogue.System Recovery, Disk Doctor, Rogue.System Check, Windows Fix Disk, Windows XP Repair, Windows Safemode, Windows XP Restore, Memory Optimizer, Rogue.File Restore, Windows System Optimizator, Windows Diagnostic, Disk Optimizer, Windows Repairing System, Windows Recovery, System Repair, HDD Repair, Smart HDD, Fast Disk and Rogue.Windows Error Recovery.
Despite the fact that File Recovery claims to offer defragmentation, file recovery, and disk optimization services, there is little to this program except for its misleading interface and a handful of malicious scripts. The main goal of the File Recovery scam is to scare computer users into thinking that their machines are on the verge of breakdown by making outrageous and often impossible claims. Using File Recovery to fix any of these supposed severe computer problems will simply result in additional error messages claiming that the computer user will need to 'register' File Recovery. However, neither File Recovery nor its 'full version' have any way of fixing your computer, so it is not recommended that you pay for this fake defragmenter.
Common Symptoms of a File Recovery Infection
Unfortunately, a File Recovery infection is not limited to misleading error messages. File Recovery will also cause a variety of problems on the infected computer system, either directly or by way of malware typically associated with this bogus security program. Common side effects of a File Recovery infection include:
- Web browser redirects that may be caused by a rootkit infection on the victim's computer system.
- Vanishing files, which may have their settings changed to 'hidden' or moved to other locations. File Recovery has been known to move file shortcuts to the Temp folder, for example.
- Problems accessing and using legitimate security software.
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File System Details
File Recovery creates the following file(s):
|#||File Name||Size||MD5||Detection Count|
|2||%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\File Recovery||83|
|4||%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\File Recovery||82|
|6||%Programs%\File Recovery\Uninstall File Recovery.lnk||N/A|
|7||%Programs%\File Recovery\File Recovery.lnk||N/A|
|9||%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\File_Recovery.lnk||N/A|
File Recovery creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = "0"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM].exe" "%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM].exe"
More Details on File Recovery
The following messages associated with File Recovery were found:
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.
Windows can`t find disk space. Hard drive error.
|Hard Drive Boot Sector Reading Error|
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 boot device.
|Hard drive boot sector reading error|
System blocks were not found
Error 0×00000024 – NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM
Error 0×00000078 – INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
Error 0×0000002E – DATA_BUS_ERROR
Error 0×00000050 – PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
The DRM attribute value is too small before disk scan
|System blocks were not found|
This is most likely occurred because of hard disk failure.
This may also lead to a potential loss of data.
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.
|The system has detected a problem with one or more installed IDE / SATA hard disks.|
It is recommended that you restart the system.
|Windows cannot find notepad. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.|
|Windows detected a hard drive problem.|
A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.
|Windows – No Disk|
Exception Processing Message 0×0000013.