System Restore

By | April 13, 2011 | 0 Comment

System Restore is a must-removed program from a compromised computer. This is not the same as the genuine System Restore of Windows, but rogue that claims itself as hard drive tool. When this fake software is installed on the computer, it will begin to display a barrage of fake critical errors. It also provides a system in order to deceive computer owners about the performance and stability of the system. This technique is established to endorse fake System Restore as the solution to these issues. It will always prompt to acquire the registered version of System Restore in order to fix errors detected earlier.

Ignore this System Restore virus and if infected, immediately download a removal tool as suggested on this page. Keep in mind that rogue programs were developed to scam computer users and system troubleshooting is none of their business. Rogue developers focus more on selling fraud programs and stealing money from victim’s credit card account. Remove System Restore and all of its components dropped on the system with only known security product.

Type Rogue
Sub-Type FakeAV
OS Affected Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

What are the Symptoms of System Restore Infection?

System Restore Scanner

It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ‘1’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ‘1’
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “DisableTaskMgr” = ‘1’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
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\Run “.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = ‘/{hq:/s`s:/ogn:/uyu:/dyd:/c`u:/bnl:/ble:/sdf:/lrh:/iul:/iulm:/fhg:/clq:/kqf:/`wh:/lqf:/lqdf:/lnw:/lq2:/l2t:/v`w:/rbs:’

The threat will drop the following malicious files:
Windows Vista & 7:
%AllUsersProfile%\~
%AllUsersProfile%\~r
%AllUsersProfile%\.dll
%AllUsersProfile%\.exe
%AllUsersProfile%\.exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Restore.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Restore\Uninstall Windows Restore.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Restore\Windows Restore.lnk
%Temp%\internetexplorerupdate.exe

Windows XP:
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~r
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Restore.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Restore\Uninstall Windows Restore.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Restore\Windows Restore.lnk
%Temp%\internetexplorerupdate.exe

Follow these Procedures to Remove System Restore

Removal steps on this page will help you get rid of the threat effectively using tools and virus scanners. Please make sure that you will carry out the guide in exact order.

Procedure 1: Uninstall System Restore from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the rogue program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

Accessing Control Panel in Windows 8 and Windows 10

- On your keyboard, Press Windows Key + X.
- Once Quick Access Menu appears on the screen, please click on Control Panel.
- Control Panel window will open. Please proceed to the next step which is uninstalling System Restore.

How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista / 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

2. To uninstall System Restore, click on Uninstall a program under Programs Section. It will open a Program and Features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for System Restore title or any suspicious name that was installed recently. To do this, you need to arrange the items chronologically. Click on Installed On to display recently installed programs.

Uninstall Item

4. Select System Restore or any suspicious items and then Click on Uninstall button to remove it from Windows.

5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK button to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. When troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of System Restore. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Close all running programs on your computer because we will need to restart Windows on this procedure.
- Press and Hold Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on Restart.
- You will then be presented with Troubleshooting Options.
- Click on Troubleshoot icon.
- Then, Click on Advanced Options icon.
- Select Startup Settings icon and then, Click on Restart button.
- When Windows restarts, it will prompt to choose number from the list of options. Press the number on your keyboard that corresponds to Safe Mode with Networking, commonly number 5.
- Once in Safe Mode, please proceed to the next step which is running a virus scan on the computer.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP / Vista / 7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.

win7-safemode

2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 3: Scan and remove System Restore files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove System Restore, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download System Restore Removal Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.

2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.

3. Once update has completed, MBAM will launch.

MBAM Scanner

4. Select SCAN from the top menu. Then, click on Threat Scan (Recommended) section.

5. Click on Start Scan to thoroughly scan the computer. Remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program after the process.

Procedure 4: Run TrendMicro's Anti-Threat Toolkit (ATTK) to check and delete any remnants of System Restore.

As an added help to remove System Restore, you can scan the computer with Anti-Threat Toolkit. This software is provided and distributed by TrendMicro. Follow this procedure to run a scan with this tool.

1. Download the package by clicking on the button below. This will launch a new browser window that contains further details about the tool.

FakeAVRemover Download Link

2. Save the file to a location on your hard drive.

3. Browse for the location of the file and double-click to run. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click on extracted file supportcustomizedpackage and click on Run as Administrator.

Run FakeAVRemover

4. When program launch, it will run a command prompt to initialize, prepare components, and update the program.

5. Next it will open the graphical user interface (GUI) of Anti-Threat Toolkit.

FakeAVRemover GUI

6. Click on Scan Now. This operation will scan all System Restore files and processes in your computer and display a list of result for possible Fake Antivirus program and malware that needs to be removed.

FakeAVRemover Scan

7. Tick all items that are detected by the program, and then click Clean. The tool will start removing System Restore components from the computer.

8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.

Protect your PC from System Restore or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Google Chrome's Protection from Dangerous Sites

With Google Chrome's Dangerous Site Protection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable protection from dangerous sites, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, Press Enter.
3. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
4. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Protect you and your device from dangerous sites'.

Chrome Security Settings

5. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Google Chrome's protection from dangerous sites

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Open Menu. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

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