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Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one
. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back
" to a clean working state. Then use Disk Cleanup
to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point
and Disk Cleanup
.Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection, be sure to read:
• "Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe
• "How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!
• "Best Practices - Internet Safety for 2008
• "Hardening Windows Security - Part 1 & Part 2
• "IE Recommended Minimal Security Settings
" - "How to Secure Your Web Browser
• Avoid online gaming sites
(P2P) or file sharing
programs as they are a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections
, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans target and spread across P2P files sharing networks and gaming sites. In some instances the infection may cause so much damage to your system that recovery is not possible and the only option is to wipe your drive, reformat and reinstall the OS. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid gaming sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories
and Risks of File-Sharing Technology