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System restore gets tured off unexpectedly

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    System restore gets tured off unexpectedly


    Reloaded my computer and downloaded apps...and 2 times I received a different redirect virus and the first thing it does is turn off the system restore and wipe out any restore points. Then, I am screwed...
    I always uncheck all the extra stuff like toolbars apps like to get you to download. The last app that did this was the weather channel app.

    My question is, how can I configure system restore to require a password to disable it which a virus may not look for ?
    Or anything to keep system restore intact ?

    It is too easy for these virus' to keep folks from restoring.

    Thanks

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    Windows 8.1


    The only solution here is to remove the virus; period. If you know your computer is infected, you must get rid of the source and hope that any resultant damage is not left behind. With that said, I am not a malware removal specialist, and quite honestly, even the best (sometimes) cannot fix all the damage that is left behind. So, just in case you need them, here are a few tutorials for your reference:

    Repair Install Windows 8

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Good luck.
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    I suspected there is no good way to protect system restore but it would be the ticket if they could come up with something.
    Life would be a whole lot easier if I could have restored it and see what happens then go from there.
    Typical antivirus programs wouldn't pick up the problems but adwcleaner and rouge killer got it.
    Thanks for the reply
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    Windows 8.1


    Typical antivirus programs wouldn't pick up the problem
    I have never been infected so I would not know that. So, maybe my Avast is a bit better on the prevention side than whatever you are currently using?

    but adwcleaner and rouge killer got it
    Glad you got it fixed.
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    I don't know my2cents , I know the app download slid right past my popular av. You have me wondering if I were to take that unpacked download and ran it at virus total if some av would have caught anything ? hmmm
    Maybe I will try that with any suspect app download unless that won't work for some reason.

    Thanks
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    The best fix would be to do image backups to an external hard drive. That way recovery is only 15-20 minutes. Just keep it current.
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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by dodgeman21 View Post
    I don't know my2cents , I know the app download slid right past my popular av. You have me wondering if I were to take that unpacked download and ran it at virus total if some av would have caught anything ? hmmm
    Maybe I will try that with any suspect app download unless that won't work for some reason.

    Thanks
    I can only tell you that Avast has worked for me for years and I have never been infected; however, I have been warned (on many occasions) that an impending download contains a virus and Avast always gave me a chance to abort the connection. Moreover, today's better AVs contain less specific virus definitions and rely more heavily on a more complexed heuristic algorithm which allows them to block suspect file downloads "before" they are sent to the lab for further evaluation. This works well in preventing undiscovered viruses from infecting your computer. Now, as far as scanning a download after the fact, that might work; however, I hope I never have to test that method as long as Avast keeps protecting me up front. Also, please be advised that I am a safe-surfer and, I believe that anyone that does not observe safe-surfing habits, will eventually get infected, no matter how good their protection may be. Good luck.
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    Thanks my2 cents. I think avast is one of the engines virus total uses.

    Rich, as you mentioned I now cloned the ssd onto another identical ssd and I think the plan will be to check for virus' then check for any windows errors then re clone the drive from time to time.
    Believe this or not I went to old timers site for the OTL the screen blinked and then I ran rouge killer and something had control of my host whatever that is, RK would pick up a hi jack of some kind, eliminate it and it would come right back. I scanned with a bunch of engines and found nothing so it was clever.
    I pulled out the ssd I had just cloned 2 days before and put it in and was down the road. Cant get any luckier than that

    I am wondering how much cloning that ssd will take,....guess i will find out.

    Thanks.
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    Windows 8.1


    I am wondering how much cloning that ssd will take,....guess i will find out.
    Now, that's an entirely different subject! However, there are some that are afraid they might wear out their SSD prematurely because of all the press about how durable they are. So, for your reference, here is my SSD R/W information that would indicate I have done system images over 100 times and I have yet to get a single error.

    Click image for larger version

    Do as many images and clones as you like...
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    Good info ...hopefully my 840 Pro can take it...it is fast but maybe there is a trade off and it might turn out to be the 409 Chevy of ssd's ...who knows lol
    That would be my luck.

    So far so good tho..

    Thanks
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