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What's your cleanup strategy?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 x64

    What's your cleanup strategy?


    Bad title, but what i'm really asking is, if you were given a computer filled with viruses and important information, so you can't just format, what would you do to clean the computer and have 100% guarantee that you removed all of the viruses?

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  2. #2


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    You could use the standard available malware/AV programs out there and still not be 100% sure all is fixed. Best strategy, back up your data and do a Clean Install of Windows.
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    If you backup your data, wouldn't that just transfer the virus with it? My guess is that it would take time running as many on demand scanners as possible and anti-virus software over and over again both in safe mode and normal mode.

    Or if you back-up as Nuccii suggests, backup the important files to a removable drive (usb?) and blitz it with everything going and clean install the harddrive.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 52
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    1. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    2. CCleaner
    3. Wise Registry Cleaner
    4. Windows Updates
    5. Update Third-Party Programs
    6. Update Drivers
    7. Disk Check and Disk Defragment


    This is what I do when like a relative or friend lets me clean/fix their computer when its slow and full. I also do this routine once or twice to my computers like every month.
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  5. #5


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by BarneyRubble View Post
    If you backup your data, wouldn't that just transfer the virus with it? .
    No, they do not attach to personal data.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 52
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BarneyRubble View Post
    If you backup your data, wouldn't that just transfer the virus with it? .
    No, they do not attach to personal data.
    Really
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  7. #7


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by IanDrexP View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BarneyRubble View Post
    If you backup your data, wouldn't that just transfer the virus with it? .
    No, they do not attach to personal data.
    Really
    Pretty sure it depends on the virus
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  8. #8


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Granted, it depends on how heavily you are infected especially where Rootkits are concerned. Your question was for 100% guarantee and I replied accordingly.
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  9. #9


    Pittsburgh
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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit


    Macro viruses in Word and Excel occur in personal data.

    The previously mentioned reinstall works, unless the install disks are 1 year old+. In that case, the machine may be attacked as it comes back on the internet.

    The previously mentioned periodic scanning is good. However if the computer gets a virus before companies have detected and written a scan pattern for it, data is at risk.

    Backup to non-volatile media such as optical disks (and store at a separate location) and verify or check backups limits the computer's exposure to data loss from viruses, mechanical failures, and fire.
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by AlexRD View Post
    100% guarantee that you removed all of the viruses?
    You format and reinstall. No if, and's or buts. If the computer was that filled with viruses, why would you take the chance.
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