Many times I read about steps you must take in the event of a possible virus and the first thing I normally see is to turn of system restore. I understand the reasoning behind this but suppose I was lazy and simply wanted to use a restore point that I think was clean?
Now suppose in that restore point there was an .mp3 file that was infected but I did not this and the file is currently deleted from disk will restoring my system to that point bring back that file?
Not sure if the o/s makes a difference but I am using xp sp3.
the file is currently deleted from disk will restoring my system to that point bring back that file?
Well, if it doesn't, try this
Recuva <--- This program trys to restore files that are already deleted, (Sometimes yes, Sometimes no) It's worth a shot, you got nothing to lose :-TU
I think you misunderstood me. I was simply asking if system restore on windows xp sp3 would restore files such as photos or music files if they were already deleted. I was asking because what if in the event that one of those files was somehow infected without your knowledge and then you use system restore only for those files to suddenly be restored and be a possible virus nightmare.
i think system restore only works on system and program files anyway so you wont be able to restore media/ personal files. But i could be wrong.
I think you are correct. Read up on it on wikipedia a while ago. Apparently if it’s not a program or system files once it’s deleted then that’s it unless you use a file recovery program.
This brings me back to something else. When an anti-virus catches a virus (doesn’t matter what kind of file) and you make it delete that file then it is a permanent delete right? Permanent as in a file recovery program would not be able to bring it back correct?
You can use file recovery program in case of System Restore doesn’t work for your file.
Try to use System restore first and Undo restoration when it doesn’t help. Then run file recovery tool later.