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Title: system restore xp on or off
Post by: pmal67 on May 19, 2010, 09:40:35 PM
Irish computer disaster here to annoy once more ,
should system restore be on or off , mine is off , I'm running MWAB Pro and Avast 4.8 pro , after much research on the net many advise not to run system  restore in case of virus , malware infections as having system restore ON can cause problems when cleaning out trojans , worms etc.

Any thoughts anyone ,
Thanks in advance

Paul
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: scythe944 on May 19, 2010, 09:44:16 PM
Welcome back!

Eh, I usually keep it on if the hard drive isn't too full.  It might help you out one day.  However, if you get a virus, then it should be turned off while cleaning the system.  Otherwise, what you have read is right; the virus will probably spread along the system restore, so if you use it to try to clean your system, it won't help any.
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: DavidR on May 19, 2010, 09:45:57 PM
System Restore should be on unless you have something to take its place or you have no ability to go back to a date in the past to recover from a system problem.

Windows XP System Restore General Information System Restore Guide (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial56.html)

System restore is far from infallible but is better than nothing.
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: YoKenny on May 19, 2010, 09:47:19 PM
Update to avast! V5:
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Go to PROFILE then Modify Profile then Forum Profile Information then Signature: and put information about your system just like my signature about your system just like my signature so that the helpers can offer pertinent advice.

In Account Related Settings select Hide email address from public to prevent scammers and spammers harvesting your hotmail.fr email address.




Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: pmal67 on May 19, 2010, 10:00:52 PM
As usual many thanks to all sorry for taking up your time again , DavidR I dumped 'tune up utilities ' and my laptop speeds have increased .
YoKenny thanks for advise I hope that I filled everything out correctly , I think that I will stay with 4.8 pro for now

Thanks again

Paul
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: essexboy on May 19, 2010, 10:10:20 PM
I always work on the basis that an infected restore point is better than none
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: pmal67 on May 19, 2010, 10:13:11 PM
Many thanks essexboy for the advice

keep up the good work

paul
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: YoKenny on May 19, 2010, 10:19:31 PM
Your profile does not show CPU type nor speed nor amount of system RAM.

I prefer avast! V5 as it is faster

From the avast! blog:
http://blog.avast.com/2010/05/03/an-interview-about-avast-5-and-its-future
 
Softpedia Exclusive Interview: avast! 5
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Softpedia-Exclusive-Interview-avast-5-140693.shtml

How to make the Full System Scan 6x faster in 10 days
http://blog.avast.com/2010/04/25/how-to-make-the-full-system-scan-6x-faster-in-10-days
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: Dch48 on May 19, 2010, 10:24:53 PM
I agree that it should be on and you can reduce the amount of space it's allowed to use easily. I run mine at 1% of HD space. I have never had to use it but you never know , it could come in handy. If you get an infection, after cleaning things up and making sure everything is back to normal, turn off system restore. This will automatically delete all the restore points you have, infected or otherwise. Then turn it back on and start over from your clean working base.
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: pmal67 on May 19, 2010, 10:32:20 PM
Yokenny 'Your profile does not show CPU type nor speed nor amount of system RAM' sorry to be a pain in the you know where but how in god's name can I find this info .

 I tried to enable system restore but I get a message saying that system restore is not possible and that I should reboot and try again .
I rebooted but got the same message .
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: Dch48 on May 19, 2010, 10:46:38 PM
Yokenny 'Your profile does not show CPU type nor speed nor amount of system RAM' sorry to be a pain in the you know where but how in god's name can I find this info .

 I tried to enable system restore but I get a message saying that system restore is not possible and that I should reboot and try again .
I rebooted but got the same message .
You should be able to see that info by just right clicking om My computer and choosing properties.
If you can't enable system restore, open windows explorer and check the security settings for the C: drive. If there are not groups listed for system and administrators they will have to be added and granted full control. You will have to be logged in as an administrator to do this.
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: YoKenny on May 19, 2010, 11:15:21 PM
Use Speccy to show system information:
http://www.piriform.com/speccy

Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: RNfromTN on May 19, 2010, 11:55:53 PM
Irish computer disaster here to annoy once more ,
should system restore be on or off , mine is off , I'm running MWAB Pro and Avast 4.8 pro , after much research on the net many advise not to run system  restore in case of virus , malware infections as having system restore ON can cause problems when cleaning out trojans , worms etc.

Any thoughts anyone ,
Thanks in advance

Paul

Sys restore off for me  :) . I use something better....JMO
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: RNfromTN on May 20, 2010, 12:30:21 AM
but how in god's name can I find this info .


http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html (http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html)

Just another option. hope this helps
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: YoKenny on May 20, 2010, 12:36:54 AM
but how in god's name can I find this info .


http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html (http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html)

Just another option. hope this helps
Free and good:
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Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: RNfromTN on May 20, 2010, 12:51:14 AM
but how in god's name can I find this info .


http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html (http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html)

Just another option. hope this helps
Free and good:
Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit 
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

and what isn't free and good about what I posted?  ::)
Title: Re: system restore xp on or off
Post by: Lisandro on May 20, 2010, 04:49:29 PM
Sys restore off for me  :) . I use something better....JMO
What do you use?