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Restoreing possibly infected corrupt files back up


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#1 dannyboy950

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 02:17 PM

I was thinking of restoring a back up I had made of my data before I reinstalled 10.
However at that point in time I was also fighting a malware infection and possible system corruption.

I am thinking now maybe I should not risk it. I had to jump thru hoops just to get 10 back. I'd just as soon not loose it again already.

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 02:21 PM

is there a question in there?



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Posted 22 December 2015 - 02:29 PM

The whole thing was a question. Should I or should I not risk possibly re-infecting a currently working machine.

In addition is there a small chance or no chance of me re-infecting or killing my new install?

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 02:59 PM

Define data, as in folders and files that are not OS in nature?  With most backup images, one can go through the restore folders/files option.


"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 03:15 PM

I have 2 back ups. A full system image and just 1 just my programs; pictures ;documents etc. Some say those would probably not be infectable. Others have said yes they could. So I am asking for advice from those I feel are more knowledgable than I.

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 04:46 PM

Documents, pictures, movies, AV-material in general, text files are not normally infected.  Why not simply go through the restore chosen folder/files -- and scan the folders [and files] with both your antivirus and antimalware programs?


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 04:54 PM

You can restore up all your backed up important documents, personal data files, and photos. The safest practice is not to restore any executable files (*.exe), screensavers (*.scr), (*.pdf), dynamic link library (*.dll), .ini, .bat, .com, .cmd, .msi, .pif, or script files (.php, .asp, .htm, .html, .xml) files because they may be infected by malware. Avoid restoring compressed files (.zip, .cab, .rar) that have executables inside them as some types of malware can penetrate compressed files and infect the .exe files within them. Other types of malware may even disguise itself by hiding the file extension or by adding double file extensions and/or space(s) in the file's name to hide the real extension as shown here (click Figure 1 to enlarge) so be sure you look closely at the full file name. If you cannot see the file extension, you may need to reconfigure Windows to show file name extensions.
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Posted 22 December 2015 - 06:38 PM

Thank you all. My mind was not thinking clearly this am. I apologize most of this I already knew just did not remember.

Thanks for knocking the cobwebs loose.

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 07:04 PM

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