I had a major virus, had the backup stored on an uninfected external drive... did a restore using the rescue CD. It did restore, HOWEVER, the virus was STILL on there! I even selected the sector by sector restore, which should have restored my clean PC state from 2 days ago. Just to confirm this process, I ran a backup through a clean PC and clean external drive. 2 days later I got a virus on my PC (my external drive is usually turned off btw). So I restarted my PC with the Acronis rescue disk and went through the 2 hour restore, sector by sector. When the PC rebooted with the restore, the virus was still there although the files were restored to the original pre-virus setting. I was real desperate at this point, so I decided to risk it and actually use my XP Pro CD again and reinstall XP from scratch after repartitioning and full reformatting the boot drive just to make sure I wipe everything out, and THEN retried the Acronis restore... THIS time it did restore properly to my clean pre-virus state. Now obviously this is a big inconvenience in that I have to waste at least another two hours or so making sure things are backed up and then redo XP and then run Acronis. The restore should work without having to do all those extra steps correct? Please advise, thank you.