Quote: Originally Posted by spencer1
I have backups dating from when my PC was new, so I should be alright. Geez, seems to me that an image restore is the best way out of a jam. Easiest too. Why bother with all those virus "fix it" programs and procedures that might not even work?
I've been trying to drum that into people's heads ever since I joined the forum -- why on earth would you even THINK of running ANY program on an infected computer - whatever the program was.
If it's impossible to guarantee that ANY AV program works 100% why do people then assume that any Cleansing program would be 100% OK too - especially if it was running on an already infected machine.
I'd probably re-format the HDD / SSD too before restoring the image -- I'd have backup of the other partitions too -- and the re-formatting would be done via a bootable Partition program such as Partition Wizard.
For Windows 7 MSE is just as good (or as bad) as any others for A/V protection and it's Free.
Safe surfing, not opening email attachments unless you know EXACTLY who sent it, not giving out personal info over the web and above all avoid clicking on Links that are buried in a lot of download sites -- often a trick is to confuse the actual download with all sorts of other stuff that you don't actually want while the real download link is buried somewhere else in the site. Ilivid is one such example -- appears all over the place and it's just a money SCAM.
Avoid adding IE Toolbars like Bing search, registry cleaners, "performance scanners" and above all things like "Sneakerware" --driver
sites are often like this -offers to FIND drivers
for you but then you have to PAY to access that part of the site to get the software which in any case should be free from the manufacturers site.
If you follow those simple rules you should be OK -- and if you must visit some sites or install software from Torrents do it on a Virtual machine or take an image backup before you start so you can just restore if it all goes wrong.