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#1 Beav

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:58 PM

If this is a duplicate post I apologize. I think I messed up the first one. I am using Windows XP home SP2. I discovered that system restore is only going back 3 days, including the present day. All other restore points are gone. I have space reserved for restore set at the maximum. I have no idea when this started because I had not used restore for a while. I would like to be able to go back further than 3 days, just in case. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:28 AM

If system restore only went back three days it's possible it hasn't been turned on for that long, or there was never enough space to save past that... however since there is nothing earlier than that, I don't think there is a way to restore before that, is there any reason you would want to restart to that point?

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 06:26 AM

How big is your hard drive and how much free space does it have?

System restore will self limit the space it uses if you do not have sufficient free space to utilyze its maximum setting.

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:54 AM

What is puzzling to me is the fact that I use my computer almost every day and it is always on. Also there should be plenty of space on the hard drive. I have 80 GB, with a little over 60GB free space. Fortunately I do not need to restore at this time, but in the event that I do I would feel better knowing that I could go back further than 2 or 3 days if necessary. In the past when going to restore I had 2 to 3 weeks to choose from. I have changed to slider for the amount of HD space to use for restore, then back to maximum again and will see what happens. Thanks a million for the prompt replies. I am sure I will be asking for assistance again. Again, Thank youl.

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 10:10 AM

System Restore overview
System Restore is a component of Windows XP that you can use to restore your computer to a previous state, if a problem occurs, without losing your personal data files (such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, drawings, favorites, or e-mail). System Restore monitors changes to the system and some application files, and it automatically creates easily identified restore points. These restore points allow you to revert the system to a previous time. They are created daily and at the time of significant system events (such as when an application or driver is installed). You can also create and name your own restore points at any time.

Restoring your computer does not affect or change your personal data files.
For information about backing up personal data files, see Backing up files and folders.
For an overview of the other recovery technologies provided with Windows XP, see Recovering Your System.
For more information about System Restore, see Understanding System Restore.

Antivirus utilities can affect whether your system can be restored to a previous point. If a restore point contains an infected file because the utility is not set to clean the file within the restore point, or if an infected file has been removed from a restore point by an antivirus utility because it could not be cleaned, System Restore will not recover the computer to this partial or infected state. If System Restore could not restore your computer to a previous state, and you suspect that one or more restore points contain infected files or have had infected files removed by the antivirus utility, you can remove all restore points from the System Restore archive by turning off System Restore and then turning it back on.

For more information about System Restore, see System Restore overview. For information about using the System Restore Wizard, see Using the System Restore Wizard.
- from Windows Help


You should have had about three weeks worth of restore points. The fact that you did not would mean that it would be a good idea to check for malware on your computer.

Here are a few on-line scans which I would recommend you run using Internet Exlorer (they require Active X)

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these as they require ActiveX to function.)

Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
http://safety.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest
and
File scanner and virus scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/scanforvirus


Panda Activescan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm
http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/activescan.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx.

Avast Online scan
http://onlinescan.avast.com/

F Secure online scan
http://support.f-secure.com/ols/start.html

Ewido Online scan
http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/


Trojan scans –
Sygate Trojanscan
http://scan.sygatetech.com/pretrojanscan.html

Windows Security Trojanscan
http://windowsecurity.com/trojanscan
See instructions for it here:
http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/trojanscan.asp

Parasite scan from Aumha:
http://www.aumha.org/a/noads.php
or here:
http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/noads2.htm


If they find anything but cookies I suggest you post a Hijack This log in our HJT Forum.

If you do need to do so Read the pinned post in our “HijackThis” forum,
here
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
Carefully read and follow all directions explicitly.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 09:21 PM

Enthusiast, I regularly use Ad Aware, Spybot S&D, Prevx1, Windows Defender, Super Antispyware and I have Spyblaster installed. I keep everything updated. Also have Zone Alarm Free firewall and AVG free. I ran many of the scans that you suggested. Did not run into anything until I ran Ewido. I had one thing classified as adware. About 30 tracking cookies, mostly to do with Mozilla.255, 275, 570 etc. Ewido offers to kill them, but warns that it is irrevocable. All are classified as medium threat. Would a System restore get them back if I needed them?
Concerning original post, I now have 6 consecutive restore dates and counting. As the saying goes--Go Figure!!. Your time and help is greatly appreciated. I am sure you know by now that I am a novice at these things. Thanks again.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 10:57 PM

No- I don't think System Restore will restore cookies, which is most likely what ewido found.

One more scan - this is more than a malware scan.

Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
http://safety.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm

Use internet Explorer to access it, and click only where it says "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and
not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.

Allow it to download an Active X component.
Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opens
Click "Next"
Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.

Allow it to scan - it may take quite, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 12:44 AM

Enthusiast,
Completed Live One Care scan. Not one thing found. It did tell me that I had some Temporary Internet Files and I got rid of them. I will scan again with Ewido later and have it get rid of everything that it finds.
Thank You. Its great to have you and so many others sharing your knowledge.
Beav

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 08:45 AM

You are very welcome.




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