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Windows Vista Recovery
This is a common fake system utility (nearly identical to Windows XP Recovery) that we have seen on many computers. It not only claims that your system is damaged in many different ways, but also hides your important files and breaks Windows Update functionality. A computer may be infected through fake advertisements or drive-by-downloads through Java or Flash exploits on infected web sites.

Automatic Start

WindowsVista Recovery sets itself to be part of the boot process, sometimes adding itself as a second shell.
It actively prevents security products and antivirus tools from running and claims disk damage or virus infection of most executables on the computer.

Claims of PC Problems

The most common fake problems in this tool are intended to scare the user, claiming that the hard disk is failing.

Advanced Module

Windows Vista Recovery claims that the ficticious disk errors cannot be repaired and that an 'Advanced Module' must be purchased.

Scary Messages

Windows Vista Recovery will periodically pop up error messages like the following, either while 'repairing' problems or during normal computer operation.
This is a screenshot of the virus in operation on a Windows Vista notebook: