Returnil important question

Discussion in 'General Returnil discussions' started by user_sec, May 15, 2011.

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  1. user_sec

    user_sec Registered Member

    May 15, 2011
    Hi, i have i question:
    If i don't restart/turn off correctly my pc (because of a power outage or just a simple freeze), is Returnil able to 'Wipe all disk changes at computer startup' anyway? I mean, does Returnil really wipe it on after restart? or something could be compromised after a wrong restart?
    Another question: does it wipe my disk even if i don't check "start virtual mode when i start windows" or it could have some problems just putting it in virtual mode only when i really need it?
    Thank you very much:)
  2. Robin A.

    Robin A. Registered Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    It has worked OK for me after power outages have occurred with the virtual protection enabled.

    I only use Returnil "on demand". Recently I am using it almost permanently, but it doesn´t start with Windows. I have had no problems at all. The cache is deleted after reboot. I dont´t have the "wipe" option enabled.
  3. CloneRanger

    CloneRanger Registered Member

    Jan 4, 2006
  4. Coldmoon

    Coldmoon Returnil Moderator

    Sep 18, 2006
    Hi user_sec and welcome to the forums :)

    Robin is correct, but one clarification based on CR's follow up reply:

    The cache is not wiped unless you use the option to wipe (random pass single overwrite approach) it at startup of the computer. It IS however always overwritten with each new virtual mode session. This means that when you restart the computer and then enter Virtual Mode, the tracking of changes will begin at the start of the cache and overwrite anything that was there from a previous virtual mode session.

    This is not absolute as your activities and the number/size of attempted changes tracked can vary from session to session so some material in the cache may persist for a time. This was the reason to add the Wipe option for those sensitive to this for privacy and/or security reasons.

    The cache wipe option does have a downside as it can delay to the startup of the computer depending on the amount of content in, and the size of the cache.

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