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#1 DnDer

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:22 PM

I just downloaded some software of dubious origin and want to install it. If things go south, how reliable is a restore point? Or should I consider making an image of my hard drive instead? What's generally the best method of backing up your system before installing something new?

I am NOT asking for help with the software I downloaded. I know the chances I take. Just want some insurance for when I do pull the trigger, though.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 04:45 PM

In your situation, a restore point is not likely to be of any help whatsoever. Many forms of malware delete or corrupt restore points, rendering them nonfunctional. An image of your drive stored in a separate location is a better safety net. However, if you are planning to install shady software on a regular basis, creating an image of your drive each time will become time and effort intensive. Your best bet would be to run the software on a VM.

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