Posted 03 February 2006 - 12:14 PM
A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as it were. Having an active anti-virus and firewall will do much to prevent malware ending up on your hard drive, as will following best practices for computer security (for example, don't download strange or unexpected E-mail attachments); something like 80 per cent of malware requires user participation to get itself esconced on a computer. And you comment about some malware (or combinations thereof) being difficult for the average user to remove, not to mention the frustration involved, is to the point.
While what you are proposing will in fact work, assuming you wipe your hard drive before "restoring" all your files, using some of the many applications for malware scanning and removal seems the easier way to go.
I back up my system and programmes once a month, but other data/files I back up at the same time that I save them to the hard drive.
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