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Restoring After A Virus Infection


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#1 Westlake

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 10:05 AM

If i have a virus, spyware, malware, etc... - free computer on Tues; i do a complete system backup on Weds and remove the media from the computer; On Thurs. my computer is infected with virus and on friday I do a complete restore of Weds backup is my computer free of virus.

incidentally, after discovering the virus or other infection i do nothing else to irradicate the infection excpet the restore.

thanks for your help!!!!

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 11:07 AM

This would depend on what you mean by a "compete system backup" and "complete system restore" and whether you reformatted your disk before restoring.
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 11:39 AM

this is a hypothetical, trying to be active instead of reactive. i fortunately haven't had a virus or other related problems that i see posted here which seem time intensive to correct as well as emotionally draining. i presume thes individuals that send their hijack files et al... are doing so because there are no backups. I diligently do my back-ups and just started wondering if i was in the position of getting a virus or other malicious infection what would i do?

It seems that my natural reponse would be to restore my system to its clean state prior to the infection and BAM i am back in business...

I use Norton Ghost to do my back ups. i have a new system with xp pro sp2. i loaded all program apps, data files and tweaks. I used Norton Ghost to copy the hard drive to an identical drive that is now removed fron the pc and saved in the event of a crash. i do daily backups to a third drive that stays in the pc.

so referring back to my original querry.... if i am hit with a bad bad virus or malware type infection what would I do now months later?????

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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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