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What Happens If I Restore And Have A Virus ?


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#1 Jove

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 01:08 AM

I am now suspecting some virus corruption in both of my computers ?

I have previously tried restoring to an earlier date.

Now I think there may have been virus present, . .
if so will my restore be infected, . . if it is do I leave it on or off during virus scans ?


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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:26 AM

System Restore will back up the good as well as the bad files so when malware is present on the system it gets included in any restore points. Using System Restore on an infected system may restore malware-infected files so you should leave it in place until your computer is clean and stable. Once your system is clean you can Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one and use Disk Cleanup to remove all but newly created Restore Point.
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 04:06 PM

Maybe,i haven't turned on System Restore in a while now because i had a trojan...and i don't know if that trojan is still on my computer.

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 07:30 PM

That is really not a good practice. Turning System Restore off and then turning it back on has some risk associated with it since that feature does not always work as intended. Further, there is always a possibility of something going wrong during the malware removal process and you end up with more problems. Without a restore point to fall back on, you are then stuck with a limited means of restoring your system such as a Repair Install or Reformat. Although System Restore is not 100% guaranteed to work all the time, it at least gives you another option. See "System Restore and malware removal - what is best practice?".
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