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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

18 Mar 2012   #310
rovopio

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kungfupanda7 View Post
dear everyone....

i'd lilke to ask,


1) if my computer has malware or virus today.... and then i decide to recover my system image from last week (where im still virus free), will my computer state be virus-free too? or the virus wil still stick there even though i imaged to some date before i got infected?



2) Is there any virus or worms or malware that can survice clean install...?



as always...


so sorry and many thank you's......

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. If you go back to a clean system image, a virus will not survive - unless it also has attacked other partitions which is usually not the case.

2. Same as in 1)

okay whs... thank you for the answer... so umm...



I have Drive C (win7), D (video), and E (documents).
When I recover to (virus-free date), is it enough to only recover drive C and the 100mb system partition? (since i didnt backup D and E), or should i consider doing a full disk back-up to be safe from now on?


*i mean, how does a virus/worms/malware work. Is it only affect the windows7 partition, or it spread to other partition as well...



*Infering from your answer.... that means... recovering Drive C and 100mb only is suffice....?*


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18 Mar 2012   #311
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Recovering the system partition and C:\ should be enough. A virus is usually focussed on the C:\ partition. But data can get infected (rarely though) I understand that there are real rare but nasty ones that even attack your BIOS. So you never know.

I would, however, recommend that you image your data partitions in the future too. There are many possibilities to lose those - e.g. when your disk fails. And it would be ashame if you lost your data. I lost a whole disk full of partitions once when I made a mistake resizing one partition - but I had all the images. These things happen.
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18 Mar 2012   #312
rovopio

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Recovering the system partition and C:\ should be enough. A virus is usually focussed on the C:\ partition. But data can get infected (rarely though) I understand that there are real rare but nasty ones that even attack your BIOS. So you never know.

I would, however, recommend that you image your data partitions in the future too. There are many possibilities to lose those - e.g. when your disk fails. And it would be ashame if you lost your data. I lost a whole disk full of partitions once when I made a mistake resizing one partition - but I had all the images. These things happen.

okayy.... thank you for your answer.




i'd like to consult here what actually happened.



as a prank, my friend decided to download "6000 virus collection" to my laptop.
After i found out, i blasted those with kaspersky, MBAM, and drwebcureit.

kaspersky found 6010
Drweb found another 20
MBAM found none

im about to do macrium recovery now...



my question is,
how to know/check whether my bios is infected...?
if it does, how to (generally) cure it...?



again, thank you!!!


sorry for no rep for the answer whs... >_<


have to spread some wealth around first before giving it back to you again



have a nice DAY
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18 Mar 2012   #313
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Don't worry about the BIOS. These things are very, very rare. And you would know if the BIOS is on the blink. And should it ever happen, you download (on another PC) the latest BIOS for your board, burn it to CD and flash the board. Very similar to restoring an image.

And no problem regarding reps - that is not why I am here. I am glad to help and am happy when it solves problems.
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18 Mar 2012   #314
rovopio

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

hi whs!


umm. nothing unusual happens with my laptop. (particularly regarding to BIOS)... so i take it my laptop (might) be good ^_^


that's good news.



about your answer can a virus survives clean install, "2. Same as in 1)"


i'd like to clarify (in case im getting it wrong)... so your answer means, "virus/malware/worms doesnt survive clean install"...? is it?


ps: sorry, english isnt my strongest language
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18 Mar 2012   #315
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
i'd like to clarify (in case im getting it wrong)... so your answer means, "virus/malware/worms doesnt survive clean install"...? is it?

That is correct. But it is prudent to scan the data that you may have to save. The case that data gets infected is rare, but it is possible.
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18 Mar 2012   #316
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Macrium worked great! I tried to image my system from a slower drive to a faster drive, but that Windows system image maker kept giving me errors every time I would try to restore. Then I tried Macrium and my system imaged perfectly the first time.
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18 Mar 2012   #317
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well I am no expert but this is why I keep a clone of the drive I am working with (regular clone to) so in case anything untoward happens to the drive in use I simply switch to the cloned drive.

I know this leaves one a little behind what is currently on the in use drive but it's small price to pay for peace of mind.

Of course I back up important stuff to an external 3.0 USB drive and as for malware as whs says a clean install is the answer but unfortunately given the amount of it one can never be sure 100% everything goes. The level of "expertise" of these individuals is well unlimited.

For resizing partitions I have been trying the EaseUS Partition tool and I personally find it so much easier to use than anything else I have tried. Because as I mentioned I am a KIRSS person (Keep It Really Simple Stupid)
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18 Mar 2012   #318
rovopio

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Well I am no expert but this is why I keep a clone of the drive I am working with (regular clone to) so in case anything untoward happens to the drive in use I simply switch to the cloned drive.

I know this leaves one a little behind what is currently on the in use drive but it's small price to pay for peace of mind.

Of course I back up important stuff to an external 3.0 USB drive and as for malware as whs says a clean install is the answer but unfortunately given the amount of it one can never be sure 100% everything goes. The level of "expertise" of these individuals is well unlimited.

For resizing partitions I have been trying the EaseUS Partition tool and I personally find it so much easier to use than anything else I have tried. Because as I mentioned I am a KIRSS person (Keep It Really Simple Stupid)

to not make the discussion OOT, i've read somewhere that macrium have some issues with 3.0 usb drive when it comes to recovery... or backup...


do you have any experience with that? (and is that even true?)


but actually i just want to make a comment, i always wonder why KISS equal keep it simple, stupid


why is it not Keep It Stupidly Simple.


dont it sound more awesome?
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18 Mar 2012   #319
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes, that is true. You can image to USB3 but not recover from it. Neither with the Linux disc nor with the WinPE disc. I had to switch my enclosure the other day when I wanted to recover one of my laptops. Fortunately I use open enclosures with bare bone HDDs. If you have an enclosed USB3 disk, then you have a problem. eSata, however, works.
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