How To Remove Data Recovery Virus – Removal

Data Recovery is a fake computer hard drive repair program. The Data Recovery Virus will hide all of your files so you think that they are gone. This virus will also remove shortcuts, turn your desktop black, get rid of everything from the start menu and constantly shows errors. You need to remove the Data Recovery Virus from your computer as soon as possible. Removal instructions are at the bottom of the article.

Data Recovery gets into your computer when you run an infectious executable file that you downloaded from the internet. The infectious file can be disguised as a software update or can be instantly downloaded to your computer if you visit a malicious website that contains malware. After the file is on your computer and it is run, Data Recovery will be instantly installed on your computer.

The main goal of the creators of the Data Recovery Virus is manipulate you into purchasing the fake program. Having you go to the activation window and purchase this fake hard drive repair program is the main motive for the creation of Data Recovery.

Social engineering is the main tactic that the creators of the Data Recovery virus use in order to manipulate you into purchasing the program. The tactics include fake hard drive errors, fake computer alerts and offers by Data Recovery to fix the issues. Data Recovery will not fix anything if you purchase it. It is a financial fraud.

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Data Recovery Virus

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Data Recovery will not fix anything if you purchase it. It is a financial fraud.

If your computer is infected with the Data Recovery virus please do not panic. It is definitely possible to remove this virus. Patience is required in order to remove Data Recovery if you follow the specific instructions and steps that are outlined at the end of the article. If you follow the instructions we have provided, you will get rid of Data Recovery.

Some of the numerous errors and warnings that are displayed by Data Recovery Virus:

Hard Drive Failure
The system has detected a problem with one or more installed IDE / SATA hard disks. It is recommended that you restart the system.

Critical Error
Hard drive critical error. Run a system diagnostic utility to check your hard disk drive for errors. Windows can’t find hard disk space. Hard drive error.

Fix Disk
Data Recovery Diagnostics will scan the system to identify performance problems.

System Error
An error occurred while reading system files. Run a system diagnostic utility to check your hard disk drive for errors.

Please remember that your computer hard drive is not failing. You files are not permanently deleted, they are only hidden by the Data Recovery virus. You can get your files to reappear and at the same time restore your computer back to normalcy. Please do not purchase Data Recovery in an attempt to fix your computer, it is a complete hoax and has no intentions on fixing anything.

The combination of our custom made program nuke-M with our removal program PC Tools, will disable and completely remove Data Recovery. We have tested nuke-M and PC Tools against the Data Recovery Virus using multiple Windows Operating Systems to confirm that our procedure works. The instructions below are the fastest and easiest way to remove the Data Recovery Virus.

Virus Removal Instructions
Target Virus: Data Recovery Virus

The virus removal instructions we have outlined below has been proven remove the Data Recovery Virus. You must be on the infected computer when performing these steps.

1 To begin, go ahead and reboot the infected computer. If the infected computer is turned off, go ahead and turn it on.

2 Immediately as the computer begins to boot, press F8 many times. Pressing F8 allows you to access the Advanced Options Menu.

3 Once you are in the Advanced Options Menu, use your arrow keys and select the Safe Mode with Networking option. Press enter when you have selected that option.

Safe Mode with Networking

4 Windows will now boot into Safe Mode with Networking. Safe Mode with Networking will allow you to remove Data Recovery which it would not allow when Windows was in normal mode.

5Now that the virus is not running it is time to begin removal. On your keyboard, click and hold the Windows key, then press the R key. See keyboard diagram below.


6 After you have pressed the Windows and R key, the Windows Run Box will open. Type exactly the following into the run box and click OK:


Windows Run Remove

After clicking OK, your computer will connect to our website and download our recommended virus removal program called Spyware Doctor by PC Tools.

7 When you see the PC Tools download box, click the Run button. The picture of the download box is below. After you click the “Run” button, PC Tools will launch. If your computer asks if you are sure you want to run PC Tools, click OK. The PC Tools installation will begin. After fully installing PC Tools the virus scan will automatically begin.

PC Tools Download Box Click Run

8 After PC Tools has scanned your computer and found Data Recovery it is time to remove it. Simply click “Fix Checked” to remove the virus.

*Please note: You will not see the actual virus name in the list of found infections. The name of the virus in the PC Tools database is different than the name of the virus you see on your computer. If you see various infections on the scan results then that means that PC Tools found the Data Recovery Virus.

9 After you click “Fix Checked” you are going to need to register PC Tools to remove Data Recovery. Please register PC Tools and the Data Recovery Virus will be removed.

Registering PC Tools offers superior benefits including real-time constant protection against any potential threats. PC Tools will detect and remove any future threats that may occur including viruses, spyware, trojans, registry infections and more. It is a great all-in-one solution for your computer security needs and that is why we recommend it.

10 After you have registered PC Tools, and the virus was removed, you can safely reboot into Normal Mode. The virus will be completely gone.

Call us toll free at 888.801.8751 if you wish to speak to our virus removal team.

Restore Hidden Files and Folders

Perform this AFTER you removed the Data Recovery Virus

Unfortunately one of the side effects of becoming infected with the Data Recovery Virus may be that your files and folders appear to be completely gone. However, the majority of the time they are only hidden, not deleted. Let’s begin to restore them. These steps must be performed after you have removed the Data Recovery Virus and have rebooted back into Windows normal mode.

(a) Go into the C: drive

First you must access the C: drive root directory.

1. Open up “My Computer”. Open the C: drive.

Enter C Drive

(b) Access Folder Options

Once you are in the C: drive you will see “Tools” on the menu bar.

1. Select Tools
2. Select “Folder Options”

(c) Select Show Hidden Files

Once you are in “Folder Options” you can un-hide the files in the C: drive.

1. Select View Tab
2. Select the “Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives” option.
3. Click “Apply”, then click “OK”.

(d) Highlight all contents and view properties

Now that you have un-hidden the contents of the C: root directory it is time to un-hide everything in the entire C: Drive.

1. Highlight all of the contents of the C: root directory.
2. Right click on the highlighted contents.
3. Select Properties

(e) Uncheck the “Hidden” box

You are now going to set everything in the entire computer to visible.

1. Uncheck the “Hidden” box.
2. Click Apply.
3. Click OK.


You should now be able to see everything throughout your entire computer. Your desktop icons should reappear as well as your start menu items.


  1. Data Recovery has been removed. I still have all of my files. However, my explore is gone and the only way I can access my files is to type their directory in directly. Any ideas on how to fix this?

    • Randall Savage says:

      After removing the Data Recovery Virus you will need to “unhide” the files that the virus hid. Remember that the virus hid all files on your computer in order to make you think that they are gone.

      Go into My Computer. Open the C: drive. On the top menu bar you will see “Tools”. Select Tools, then Folder Options. In Folder Options select the View tab.

      You will then see Hidden Files and Folders. Select the “Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives. That should show the contents of the C: drive.

      After you have done that, highlight all of the contents of the C: drive directory, then repeat the “unhide” process so that you will once again see everything that was hidden within the entire C: drive.

  2. John McIlroy says:


    Thanks very much for putting this together. Took me a while to search for the data-recovery thread and find your site, but yes the solution works and works well. Have removed the virus and am in the process of cleaning up my friend’s PC for her. This is one piece of good news she’s had this month.

    Many, Many Thanks.

  3. the virus removed access to my secondary drive, it shows as a bad drive now… and I cannot recover it via mmc console.

    Any ideas?
    does this virus contain the ability to unroot the mbr on the E:/ aka: my secondary slave drives (where my data storage lives)?

    • Randall Savage says:

      when you say “bad drive” can you explain that a little more? what is telling you “bad drive” and what exactly is the error?

  4. Hi, the unhide process seemed to work great as far as going to my computer, the drive and being able to view the folders. But…

    My programs list is still showing empty, is there a way to recover or unhide the programs under the start button. All of them are still missing.

    Thanks for any help or suggestions!

    • Randall Savage says:

      You will need to manually add the shortcuts to your start menu again. Just drag and drop your desired programs into the start menu and it will automatically add the shortcuts.

  5. My desktop & quick lunch not able create shortcut after i cleaned up. I can still my file on desktop in windows explorer..but not on actual can i bring it back to old state.

    • Randall Savage says:

      Have you removed the virus with PC Tools? If you have, right click on the file that you want to shortcut onto desktop. Click “copy”, then go to your desktop, right click and click “create shortcut”. That should do the trick.

  6. Ann Wilkins says:

    it removed the virus in a 10 minute process. Thanks for all the help

  7. I got this bug and was told by Best Buy geek squad that there was nothing that could be done, I must have done something wrong with the system recovery. So–I went hunting, found this fix and FIXED IT!!
    Thank you.

  8. Antonio Codella says:

    Grazie, grazie, grazie.

  9. Thank You! Thank You! I was able to recover all of my files!
    You saved me from a heart attack!
    Q: why are my files ‘faint’? They’re back onto my desktop, I have access to them; but they’re not as visible…
    Hope this makes sense…..


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