Windows 7 Restore is a rogue anti-virus program that falsely alarms you of system errors in order to trick you into purchasing its full version to clean your system.
Is Windows 7 Restore Related to Microsoft Windows?
No. Windows 7 Restore has nothing to do with Microsoft Windows. It only uses the name in order to mislead the user that the warnings and alert messages are legitimate when, in fact, they are fake. Needless to say, this rogue program attacks only Windows users.
What Is Windows 7 Restore?
Windows 7 Restore is a rogue security program and is almost identical to Windows Update, Windows Vista Restore, Windows XP Restore, and more.
Windows 7 Restore will pretend to scan and analyze your system, and although it has no capability of restoring your Windows from any harm, it will make it look like it’s protecting your PC. Once it ‘analyzes’ your system, Windows 7 Restore will start displaying multiple warnings that your system is at risk. Some of these alerts look like this:
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.
Windows can’t find hard disk space. Hard drive 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.
Needless to say, you shall not trust these messages and should not take any of the recommended actions.
What Is Windows 7 Restore’s Purpose?
The main purpose of Windows 7 Restore is to scare you well enough and then take advantage of your vulnerability by asking you to purchase the full version of it. The full version promises to restore your system although it has no capability of doing so. What’s more, this program can and will hide the files on your PC via Windows Explorer. Thus, if you are using a different application to view your files, they will not go missing.
What Should You Do?
If you receive any of the above messages or similar, do not follow the recommended instructions. Purchasing the full version of that rogue Windows 7 Restore program will not restore your data. You should simply look for ways to remove it.
To do so, you can follow the manual instructions below, or use our anti-virus tool to do it for you.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Windows 7 Restore from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Windows 7 Restore from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Windows 7 Restore from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Windows 7 Restore from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Windows 7 Restore from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Windows 7 Restore from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Windows 7 Restore from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Windows 7 Restore from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Windows 7 Restore
Step 2: Uninstall Windows 7 Restore and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Windows 7 Restore on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Windows 7 Restore there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Windows 7 Restore from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Windows 7 Restore and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Windows 7 Restore via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Windows 7 Restore files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Windows 7 Restore, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Windows 7 Restore from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Windows 7 Restore from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Windows 7 Restore from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Windows 7 Restore from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Windows 7 Restore will be removed.
Eliminate Windows 7 Restore from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.