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Infected. Question about Vista Complete PC Backup

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#1 copperhed


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Posted 29 August 2009 - 12:18 AM

I am unable to await assistance with my Rootkit infection any longer as it has rendered me computerless. As a result, I have decided to wipe the hard drive and reinstall Vista altogether in hopes of fixing the problem.

I have Vista Home Ultimate and have a few questions regarding data backup, specifically Vista Complete PC Backup, before I do so.

1. Does Vista Complete PC Backup copy any files/registry errors that may be causing my problem currently? IOW, is there a potential risk that this backup may copy the problem along with it?

2. Will Vista Complete PC Backup actually copy programs, program files, etc. such as my music, my saved images, my projects, etc.? Or does it just copy generic settings and Windows parameters?

Finally, is there a better option for me to wipe/reinstall a clean version of Vista with the intention of wiping a Rootkit virus w/o having to backup and copy all my other peripheral programs and their respective files, images, projects, etc.? (I am quite sure none of these peripheral files are the infected culprit)

Thanks for your help.

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#2 Straythe


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Posted 30 August 2009 - 09:34 PM

Hello; please note I am not a staff member here, but perhaps I can help out.

Reformatting is probably a wise decision, what with the carnage being wreaked in AII and HJT by these new rootkit variants. There's a guide to safely backing up your files here (by Blade):


He suggests doing a thorough reformat, completely wiping the drive, because rootkits can and do hide in registry entries and System Restore points as well as executables and installers. If you save files to an external drive, run Flash-Disinfector as he suggests, and be careful which files you back up.

I'd suggest asking about Vista Complete PC Backup in the Vista forum, where you may get a quicker response:


Good luck - Straythe
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