Malware Minute: Fake System Defrag

By GFI Software

Windows Restore is a fake system defragmenter, lurking on the internet intended to infect computer after computer. Scammers created Windows Restore to look like a useful PC performance enhancing tool, yet it is in fact a type of virus called a rogue.

If Windows Restore has infected your computer, you will most liekly experience the following:

  • Slow or sluggish PC
  • Windows Restore will pop up on your screen, interrupting you continually
  • Windows Restore will report multiple issues with the PC, which are all fake
  • You will be bombarded with alerts and warning
  • You may not be able to open other files or programs, instead you will see warnings saying application is infected
  • You may not be able to access the internet
  • Your web browser may redirect to unwanted web pages

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3 thoughts on “Malware Minute: Fake System Defrag

  1. You guys are all dumb spam pushing piles of dung, first go into safe mode, in xp, f8 at boot, then once in your account, or admin, go start, run msconfig. then once in there, delete any programs not recognized, even if you remove them all, windows will still run, then, go back into window, enable your av software, run a scan, download superantispyware, and malewarebytes. i make 119 a pop removing this little version of the nasty at a shop i work at, you people are like babies who need some one the litterally clean up your crap after you went in the diaper. be diligent, dont click on unknown links, use sandbox mode with your av suite, dont open email links, or god forbid, attachments. and if you do, i will see you at my shop.

  2. We live in southern Ontario Canada, and my wife’s laptop got hammered with an XP Anti Spyware virus this week. When I went on the web to find a removal tool for this virus, I was redirected to a site to buy a program for removal, natch!! This virus advised the laptop was compromised, and a window advised click here to perform a scan, and removal. Not a chance was that going to happen. But even trying to open a USB memory stick with removal tools wouldn’t work. Everything we tried came up with a window called “open with”. This laptop has two firewalls, real time anti virus and spyware programs installed, and we still got nailed.

    The only option left, was to completely reformat the hard drive, and start all over. Any body with a laptop knows, it’s a hell of a lot easier working on a desk top that a laptop.

    You have to be on guard all the time, and even if you think you’re safe, you’re not.

    Have a great day.

  3. Really nice of Vipre to tell people how to get rid of it. Oh … wait a second. Guess they’re hoping people will by their product. Duh!

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