Would system restore eliminate a virus

Posted: 12-04-2003, 06:33 PM
Just a thought.
Suppose my W-XP machine got a virus today. If I ran System Restore using say
yesterday's restore point, would that:

1) Eliminate the virus and/or

2) Eliminate the damage caused by a virus.

MB


Would system restore eliminate a virus


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Binyamin Dissen
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Re: Would system restore eliminate a virus
Posted: 12-04-2003, 07:01 PM
On Thu, 4 Dec 2003 13:33:23 -0500 "MB" <[email protected]> wrote:

:>Just a thought.
:>Suppose my W-XP machine got a virus today. If I ran System Restore using say
:>yesterday's restore point, would that:

:>1) Eliminate the virus and/or

Depending on how smart the virus is.

:>2) Eliminate the damage caused by a virus.

Depending on how benign the virus is.

Do not count on it.

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Re: Would system restore eliminate a virus
Posted: 12-05-2003, 05:40 AM

"MB" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Just a thought.
> Suppose my W-XP machine got a virus today. If I ran System Restore using
say
> yesterday's restore point, would that:
>
> 1) Eliminate the virus and/or
>
> 2) Eliminate the damage caused by a virus.
>
> MB
>
>
It depends on what sort of files the virus affects. It's not something that
you should count on, and while you're at it, it's not uncommon for viruses
to lurk in the system restore files.


Ronnie Vernon MVP
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Re: Would system restore eliminate a virus
Posted: 12-05-2003, 11:57 AM
MB wrote:
> Just a thought.
> Suppose my W-XP machine got a virus today. If I ran System Restore
> using say yesterday's restore point, would that:
>
> 1) Eliminate the virus and/or
>
> 2) Eliminate the damage caused by a virus.
>
> MB
No. SR is not an anti virus program and only monitors/restores certain file
types. Use your anti virus program for what it is intended for, to clean
infected files. SR is also not a backup program, it only restores the
"state" of a system.



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