Files "Locked" and Cannot Backup or Delete After Malware Incident Solved

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    The Users file also includes the Hidden AppData directory. This has links to other software that have been installed. If you restore Just the Users directory, some of the software may not work correctly as the Windows Registry, Program Files and other folders the software reside in would not have been restored. If you are doing this because of Malware infection, be aware that infection resides in the Windows System files, so if you are just restoring the User files, you will still have the infection.
    If you image your whole HDD it will take about 10-15 min or less, and the same amount of time to restore the whole HDD. That is the easiest and fastest way to do this.
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  2.    #12

    Then your back to square one you cant restore as the files are in use
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  3. Callender's Avatar
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       #13

    =orlando1974;1694430
    So maybe what I can do instead of including the entire Users folder in my FreeFileSync daily mirror is just the "Downloads" and "Documents" subfolders, as nothing will be locked down there by the system, and the data in these changes often.
    If that is all you want to do see:

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       #14

    You can copy parts of the backup from the image file, it's not a restore at that point. A restore is as you thought, the entire image gets restored back to the drive.

    Browsing an image, you can copy out any parts of it you want, including only the Users folder part if that is what you want. You can even copy it to a different location to look at it and compare it to what you already have then select only what is different.
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  5.    #15

    Thanks everyone who chimed in! :)
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