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Danger level 9
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Block exe files from running
  • Blocks internet connection
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Slow Computer
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes

File Repair

With all the many threats facing healthy PCs out there, it has become nigh to impossible to protect your PC against threats such as File Repair and similar threats without some type of help. The reason why File Repair is even more dangerous is because it comes across as a genuine security tool designed to protect PC owners’ systems against known threats, but in reality it is a malicious threat in itself. Of course File Repair, which derives from the same family as System Repair, will attempt to come across as a genuine and powerful security tool to its prospective victims, but that does not change the fact that it is completely incapable of protecting PCs.

If you are wondering how this rogue application manages to infiltrate your PC, it does make use of established forms of infection. These range from using bogus online malware scanners and employing seditious browser hijacking websites which employ drive-by download tactics. As of late it has also been reported that File Repair makes use of infected online flash ads.

File Repair will start its attack once it manages to root itself securely in the system. It will then initiate a fake system scan which will report on many fake threats being present on the system. These fake results were designed only to panic the user into thinking his system is under attack. It will then state that the user needs to purchase File Repair in order to protect his system. Following the initial fake system scan, the user will be spammed by many fake security pop up messages which were also designed to panic the user into paying for File Repair’s fake software.

As a further attack, and to frustrate the user even more File Repair will block his access to the Internet, as well as prevent the user from running any executable on the infected PC. This is done not only to frustrate the user, but also to prevent him from running or downloading an application which may be able to detect and remove File Repair from the system.

What is more, File Repair will cause severely poor system performance by consuming valuable system resources, and will also be the cause of increased erratic system behavior. Users have also complained about randomly generated and deleted Desktop items, as well as certain system folders’ contents being hidden from users.

In order to limit the damage caused by this seditious rogue to the system you will need to erase File Repair immediately. This can safely and effectively be completed by using a properly functioning security tool which will also offer adequate protection against similar attacks in future.

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