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Extracting a file from System Restore data ?


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#1 Tohan

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:23 PM

Hi,
I've recently had a trojan on my computer (Win XP Pro / SP3) and I seem to have managed to get rid of it.
The thing is, I've lost a few files (that were on my desktop) because of this problem, and I don't want to restore my computer to an earlier state because I'm afraid the trojan will be back (I have no idea when it possibly could have landed in my computer, might be days ago).
Nevertheless, I'd be curious to check if my files could be in the System Restore data from a few days ago.
So I'm asking the following : is there a way to 'check the content' of a Restore Point and extract one or several files from it without actually restoring it ?
Thanks in advance for any suggestion or hint.
PS: I've tried already Recuva and PC Inspector and my files are nowhere to be found.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:32 PM

How exactly did you get rid of the virus? Maybe you could just restore, backup the files, and if the virus comes back, just remove it again?

Edited by darking, 09 April 2009 - 02:32 PM.


#3 Tohan

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:39 PM

Well I had to run several tools to properly get rid of it (and I'm not even sure it's 100% clean), that was kind of time consuming and because I already lost some files in the process, I'd rather not risk losing more in the attempt to recover some.
The lost files are not worth risking re-infection, I was just wondering if there was a "safe" way to get them back (System Restore is the only thing I can think of as all my other attempts have failed at recovering them).

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:44 PM

As far as viewing files in restore points, it is highly unlikely

http://128.175.24.251/forensics/restorepoints.htm
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