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  1.    25 May 2016 #1
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    Malware on start up


    Hello Guys and gals , its been a while since i have been here , i have unknowingly installed a piece of malware / spyware, i have tried all the known removal process, and still unsuccessful i do have a backup of the C:\ folder. under the c:\ Properties. i was wondering if i restore the folder ( before i caught the malware ) would that resolve my issue ? (See Attached Zip file )

    I do have a Image of my C:\ from 3 weeks aga

    Thanks in Advance
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  2.    25 May 2016 #2
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    Yes. Restoring the backup image will fix your problem as long as you are sure that your malware issue happened after that image was created.
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  3.    26 May 2016 #3
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    Hello Guys and Gals. i was successful in restoring my Image from 2 Months ago, took all of 15 mins, Saved me Months of time to reinstall everything, I also have a couple of incremental, Differential and full (smart backup), would restoring the ( Full smart backup ) dated 5/6/16 bring me up to Reasonable state before i was infected,, the smart backup was done before i was infected

    Thanks in Advance
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  4.    26 May 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pantz View Post
    Hello Guys and Gals. i was successful in restoring my Image from 2 Months ago, took all of 15 mins, Saved me Months of time to reinstall everything, I also have a couple of incremental, Differential and full (smart backup), would restoring the ( Full smart backup ) dated 5/6/16 bring me up to Reasonable state before i was infected,, the smart backup was done before i was infected

    Thanks in Advance


    If you think you are good and not missing anything or that much, just ignore those backups.

    Otherwise, go for it. If you get the problem back, then you just have to restore the image again. As long as you have a working image backup, you don't have to worry too much about trying anything. That's essentially what backups are for.
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  5.    27 May 2016 #5
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    Hello Guys and Gals. i have Restored the backup and i am now back to normal. Thanks for everyone's Help. i will be more Careful in the Future, glad i had an Image to restore from,

    Thanks
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  6.    27 May 2016 #6
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    It wouldn't hurt to run TDSSKiller to make sure the last malware didn't leave a rootkit. And yes, having an system image can be a lifesaver for your data & save you a lot of headaches.

    TDSSKiller Download

    Note   Note
    When running TDSSKiller, launch the program, click on the blue text "Change Parameters" & check the box marked "Detect TDLFS File system." Click OK & then run the scan.
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  7.    27 May 2016 #7

    Hi there
    A good idea is to take a FULL backup say once a week and then daily / nightly incremental / differential ones. Then every second or third week delete the OLDEST backup plus the incrementals / differentials -- i.e keep 2 sets --one current and the previous one.

    Cheers
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  8.    27 May 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    A good idea is to take a FULL backup say once a week and then daily / nightly incremental / differential ones. Then every second or third week delete the OLDEST backup plus the incrementals / differentials -- i.e keep 2 sets --one current and the previous one.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    I disagree on the incremental ones. If one incremental goes bad, you're screwed on the whole linked bunch.
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  9.    27 May 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by simrick View Post
    I disagree on the incremental ones. If one incremental goes bad, you're screwed on the whole linked bunch.
    My approach is different. My data is always on a separate hard drive (not mixed with OS drive). So all of my images are purely system data (OS + main programs). If something goes wrong, I just image right away without having to worry about my data as they are intact on separate drive. If I need to re-install some of my programs, it's not an issue. I just reinstall them when I need them. I have all my installers on the same drive as data. It's so quick to install programs on M.2 SSD.
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  10.    27 May 2016 #10

    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    My approach is different. My data is always on a separate hard drive (not mixed with OS drive). So all of my images are purely system data (OS + main programs). If something goes wrong, I just image right away without having to worry about my data as they are intact on separate drive. If I need to re-install some of my programs, it's not an issue. I just reinstall them when I need them. I have all my installers on the same drive as data. It's so quick to install programs on M.2 SSD.
    Hi there

    I always take a complete backup / image of the OS - it's on a separate SSD on my system. I always fully back that up.

    @simrick as far as incrementals go I was assuming that this refers to DATA (Music, Video etc). These sorts of files shouldn't change very often so the incrementals once a week should be quite safe --you don't really want to back up say a multi-media library of 10 TB every day !!! - usually unnecessary. Even if you were with a bad accident to lose one set of incrementals you probably wouldn't have lost too much data.

    Re-creating a complete multi-media library though would be a mega pain

    --re CD / DVD rips, re-tagging music files, recovering stuff from iTunes etc.
    Would be a real pain !!!! even for a smallish set of multi-media directories.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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