Quote: Originally Posted by bigdog2626
well im going to have to learn to use it properly then because if it saved you in windows 7 it may save me 1 day as well hope it dont get virus's like it did in xp
System Restore has never 'got viruses'!
What is has is backups of files which have been removed by anti-virus programs, or by the user - in case they are required to get the system running again so that an alternative removal strategy can be tried.
A virus stored in this way CANNOT reinfect the computer unless it is restored to a time during which it was previously infected - NO files in the store can be alunched by any process in Windows.
This has been true since Win ME - and remains true today.
The perceived problem arose because many anti-viruses initially tried simply to delete the affected files in the store - and were unable to do so (Norton was particularly bad at this) for a variety of reason, or broke System Restore in the porcess. Norton even produced a version of NAV that was claimed as ME compliant, which broke System Restore EVERY time it was set to scan the PC.
They then decided that telling everyone to disable System Restore prior to scanning was a 'good idea' - which is EXACTLY the wrong thing to do, since sometimes the only way to remove a virus successfully was to run a scan to delete the file, then run System Restore back to a time BEFORE the computer was infected!
Luckily most AV manufacturers are a little more savvy nowadays (even Norton, much to my surprise), and now co-exist happily with System Restore.