Windows Vista Restore

Posted: June 9, 2011

Windows Vista Restore Description

ScreenshotWindows Vista Restore is a Vista-specific clone of Fake Windows Restore and related rogue defraggers. Rather than providing genuinely useful system information, Windows Vista Restore will create fake errors that make it look like your PC is close to total annihilation. Windows Vista Restore will also attack your ability to see files in Windows Explorer, and may hijack your browser or interfere with other applications. You should consider Windows Vista Restore as a serious threat rather than a computer maintenance product, and remove Windows Vista Restore by using an anti-malware application of high regard.

The Unrestorative Properties of a Windows Vista Restore Infection

Windows Vista Restore and similar infections are sometimes downloaded by accident from websites that misrepresent their functions. Nonetheless, most infections are acquired by Trojan attackers that install themselves and Windows Vista Restore without asking for your permission. Other rogue security programs that are links in the chain of Windows Vista Restore's threat ancestry include Windows Repair, Windows Recovery, Fake Windows Restore, Windows Update and Windows Safemode.

All of these threats, including Windows Vista Restore, will try to look like good defragmentation and system maintenance products, but Windows Vista Restore isn't able to fulfill any of its supposed functions. Instead of defragging your PC, Windows Vista Restore will pretend to find errors on it. These fake errors can be announced in defragmentation results, or as part of a pop-up warning, as you can see from the samples below:

Critical Error
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.

Critical Error
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.

Critical Error
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.

Critical Error
Windows can't find hard disk space. Hard drive error.

Critical Error!
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file System32496A8300. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware.

Critical Error!
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.

System Restore
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.

Windows Vista Restore can't detect actual problems with your computer any more than Windows Repair or Windows Recovery could do so, and there's no justification for purchasing Windows Vista Restore. Inputting the code '8475082234984902023718742058948' to fake purchasing Windows Vista Restore may reduce some of Windows Vista Restore attacks, although it's not an alternative to permanently removing Windows Vista Restore from your computer.

Windows Vista Restore's Vanishing File Deception

Windows Vista Restore and rogue security programs that are related to Windows Vista Restore are also known for a more unique attack: the ability to control which files are visible in Windows Explorer. Since Windows Explorer is the default file-viewing interface for Windows, this attack can make it look like files are missing from your computer, when they're really present but hidden by Windows Vista Restore.

Deleting Windows Vista Restore can resolve this problem as well as Windows Vista Restore's fake pop-up alerts. You should use an appropriate anti-malware program to remove Windows Vista Restore; removing Windows Vista Restore manually has been known to cause a loss of Internet connectivity, as well as other difficulties.

Prior to getting rid of Windows Vista Restore, you should also be alert for potential applications blocking behavior and browser hijacks. Many rogue security programs like Windows Vista Restore can also cause these attacks to increase the facade of multiple threats being on your computer.


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File System Modifications

  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name
    1 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Windows Vista Restore.dll
    2 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Windows Vista Restore.exe
    3 %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Vista Restore\
    4 %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Vista Restore\Windows Vista Restore.lnk

Registry Modifications

  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced "Hidden" = '0'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced "ShowSuperHidden" = '0'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "CertificateRevocation" = '0'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = '1'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Windows Vista Restore.exe"

Additional Information on Windows Vista Restore

  • The following messages's were detected:
    # Message
    1 Critical Error!
    Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.
    2 System Restore
    The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.
    3 Critical Error!
    Windows was unable to save all the data for the file System32496A8300. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware.
    4 Critical Error
    Windows can't find hard disk space. Hard drive error.
    5 Critical Error
    RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.
    6 Critical Error
    Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.
    7 Critical Error
    A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.

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