Data recovery and system restore tips

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There is quite a rapidly increasing and highly threatening tendency of the cyber world today, which is in particular revealed in the problem of missing, hidden or sometimes even deleted data on the PC attacked with virus. The resolution of this problem, i.e. fixing it, is the number one item on today’s agenda of PC and software forums devoted to reinstating the normal functioning of computer systems. The problem we’re talking about has been on the lips of IT and security blogs and forums for ages, but it became especially of crucial importance over the past two years. Nowadays there are hundreds of fake system restore applications and data recovery programs claiming to be powerful solutions for your data repair needs. At the same time, the very word “fake” implies that they cannot actually accomplish what they do claim of themselves.

The examples of fake system recovery programs have unambiguously let the IT society know of themselves. Since the fall of the year 2010 we’ve traced almost one hundred (if not more) of so-called fake HDD applications. The most “outstanding” examples of them are as follow – System Fix (the latest hoax), System Restore, System Recovery, System Repair, Data Recovery, Data Repair and Data Restore. This list, of course, could be much longer, but the point we’re trying to make is this – the IT world is indeed overwhelmed with the horrifying number of rogue developers, promoters and distributors which don’t care at all about actually helping users restore their important information. What they do care for is for the wallet of users and for how much they can “milk this cow”. We believe these IT crooks and hackers are indeed frauds who deserve to be put into jail for their bountiful crimes.

If your computer has been infected and attacked by the malwares and/or fake HDD applications responsible for ruining your file and folder system, relocating your data to other unknown folders and hidden storages or (possibly) even deleting some pieces of your important information we’re here to assist you. Of course, the removal of viruses with the help of GridinSoft Trojan Killer is mostly available with the help of full commercial version of this powerful anti-virus tool. At the same time, there are several free GridinSoft Utilities (as well as the utilities of our partners) which are free for you to use and to get the benefit from them. They are all aimed at helping you to recover your PC and all important sensitive data, files, folders, remove hidden attributes from them and rendering other forms of assistance to you. Once again, these utilities we’re talking about are free and require no payment to be effected by you to use them. You may find the list of these free GridinSoft tools in the section below. Also, please find the excellent guidelines on how to fix Google search engine redirect virus (also known as browser redirect or even Yahoo redirect virus). This is yet another serious problem of today, nevertheless, it can be easily fixed by you if you follow our admonitions stipulated below.

Free file and data restore GridinSoft Utilities:

GridinSoft Unhider download link:
www.trojan-killer.net/download/unhider.exe

GridinSoft Restore download link:
www.trojan-killer.net/download/restore.exe

Search Engine redirect virus removal milestones:

  • Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  • Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus
  • Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  • Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  • Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  • Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  • Consider using CCleaner to delete unwanted system/temp files and browser cache
  • The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  1. Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  2. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Internet Options.
    Windows XP Example:

    Windows Vista / Windows 7 Example:

    b) Click on “Connections” tab, then click “LAN settings” button.

    c) Uncheck (untick) the checkbox under “Proxy server” option and hit OK.

  3. Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus:
  4. a) Open Control Panel (Start->Control Panel).
    b) Double-click “Network Connections” icon to open it.
    c) Right-click on “Local Area Connection” icon and select “Properties”.

    d) Select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties” button.

    e) Choose “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and click OK.

  5. Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  6. a) Go to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc.
    b) Double-click “hosts” file to open it. Choose to open with Notepad.

    c) The “hosts” file should look the same as in the image below. There should be only one line: 127.0.0.1 localhost in Windows XP and 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 in Windows Vista. If there are more, then remove them and save changes. Read more about Windows Hosts file here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034

    You may also reset your HOSTS file settings using the Tool of GridinSoft Trojan Killer application as shown at the picture below:

  7. Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  8. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Manage Add-ons.

    b) Uninstall unknown or suspicious Toolbars or Search Providers.

  9. Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  10. a) Download the file TDSSKiller.zip and extract it into a folder
    b) Execute the file TDSSKiller.exe.
    c) Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Close all programs and press “Y” key to restart your computer.

    More detailed TDSSKiller tutorial: http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/solutions?qid=208280684

    TDSS Rootkit Removal
    TDSS Rootkit Removal
  11. Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  12. The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  13. Keep in mind that this step is optional and should be completed only if you have followed all the above recommendations and you still have the redirect virus on your computer. First of all, please follow this guide: How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings. Then you should flush DNS cache:
    a)Go to Start->Run (or WinKey+R) and type in “cmd” without quotation marks.

    b) In a new window please type “ipconfig /flushdns” without quotation marks and press Enter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you require any help on our part of if you experience any difficulties. We hope that this information has been beneficial to you.

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