On line scan?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by JimmieC, May 21, 2005.

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  1. JimmieC

    JimmieC Registered Member

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    I stand to be corrected if this is the wrong forum for this query. When running an on line scan such as "Housecall" to check for a virus on OS Windows Me, is it advisable to disable System Restore. I feel the machine in question is infected. I would like to restore to an earlier date, as I don't know if there may be additional issues. But, I feel the first order of business would be to address the potential virus. If I disable System Restore, doesn't that remove the previous restore points? Thanks for any help offered.
     
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    Hi Jimmie,

    I'm not aware of any need to disable Sys Restore while doing an online scan. What you will want to temporarily disable is any resident (real-time) protection your own a-v has, to avoid conflicts -- just don't forget to turn it back on after doing the online scan.
     
  3. JimmieC

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    MikeBCda;

    Thanks for responding. Appreciate your drawing my attention to my working anti-virus (disabling) prior to scanning. If I were to initiate a roll back with my computer in it's present state (messed up), I would corrupt my restore points, yes/no? But, as long as I can clean it up (virus wise) no problem going for a system restore. Please correct me if I am wrong, or if you feel I should research it further. Thanks again!
     
  4. dog

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    Hi Jimmie, ;)

    Welcome to Wilders'

    Yes, if you disable System Restore, it will clear all your restore points. Usually it is suggested to disable system restore, when cleaning a virus because some restore points could also contain the "virus"/infected file etc. While these instructions are for Windows XP, I do believe the conditions are the same for Windows ME.

    Here's some info regarding this from Symantec:
    Read the full article including instructions here -> http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...2001111912274039?OpenDocument&src=sec_doc_nam

    Understanding System Restore - Microsoft Knowledge Base

    HTH, ;)

    Steve
     
  5. JimmieC

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    Steve;

    Thank you for your informative reply. I am trying to stay away from removing my restore points, in case there is more wrong with my system then being just virus infected. I would like to be able to revert back to a previous date (hoping it is clean). So I think I will run a virus scan and hope for the best. Lot of hoping going on. If I were to disable my system restore, and I can't correct my immediate problem, I would guess my next move would be to re-install. Open for suggestions. Thank you,
     
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    Hiya

    when I am looking at HJT logs, or generally cleaning up systems, I normally only purge the System Restore when I am sure that the machine is clean. My rational behind this is that it is better to have an infected restore point than have to reinstall.

    HDriderUK
     
  7. dog

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    Well, pick a restore point and set your system back and then re-scan ... and see what's found ... What else do you expect is wrong? A reformat is seldom needed - it's a very extreme measure. ;)

    If you do think you have other malware active on your PC your can post a Hijack This log @ Castle Cops ... be sure to read their guidelines for post a log first - HJT Guidelines

    HTH,

    Steve
     
  8. JimmieC

    JimmieC Registered Member

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    Steve & HDriderUK,

    Thanks for the input. I feel the same in regard to having a restore point to fall back on. I don't know if there may be additional problems other then the virus. Just being negative I guess. I'll try to clean my machine, and if need be revert to an earlier time. You have all been very helpful, and I appreciate your efforts. Also Steve, thanks for the mention of Castle Cops & HJT.
     
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