File Recovery Description
File Recovery belongs to a family of bogus system optimization applications. 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 Data Recovery, Memory Scan and System 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:
- We 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.
Type: Rogue AntiSpyware Programs
How Can You Detect File Recovery?
File Recovery Technical Report
As new File Recovery details are reported by our customers and findings from our Threat Research Center, we will update this section.
Fake message for File Recovery:
The following fake error message(s) appears for File Recovery:
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
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.
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart 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 can`t find disk space. Hard drive error.
Windows – No Disk
Exception Processing Message 0×0000013.
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.
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.
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.
File Recovery Removal Details
File Recovery has typically the following processes in memory:
- %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
File Recovery creates the following files in the system:
- %Programs%\File Recovery\Uninstall File Recovery.lnk
- %Programs%\File Recovery\File Recovery.lnk
- %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\File_Recovery.lnk
File Recovery creates the following registry entries:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” “%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe”
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = “0″