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Offline Lisandro

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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #60 on: December 09, 2011, 02:13:57 PM »
I guess I am somewhat puzzled as to why you don't test using a VM? VMWare's VM takes about 10 mins. to set up.
1st I did.
2nd It got some impact on the Windows registry that I could not analyze at VM.
3rd It's my right to use system restore.
4th The culprit it the avast repair option not doing its job.

Or, take an image backup before testing? I use Paragon's software and always image from a bootable CD with WIN PE on it. Image of my 40 GB partition takes 5 min. max. I never had an image restore fail when imaging off of a Paragon boot CD with WIN PE on it.
And will avast pay me for all the time I need to do this? C'mon... It does not take 5 minutes at all on my system.

BTW - WIN 7 includes an image backup/restore utility. I haven't used it so can't vouch for it.
It works. I use it. Just that I do it weekly and I would a restore point of yesterday.
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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #61 on: December 09, 2011, 02:17:02 PM »
Any good imaging software will allow for full and incremental image backups. Also the incremental imaging can run in Windows in the background. Paragon calls that "hot processing" I believe. Incremental image backups only contain system changes since the last full backup. A typical senerio is do a full image backup weekly and incremental ones daily.
I use Macrium.

Actually, more and more people are creating a VM just to run their browser from. Get infected, no problem. Re-create the VM or reload from a backup. There are resource considerations with a VM. WMWare is light on resources, Microsoft's VM is a pig.
Virtualbox also allows snapshotting what makes the work more flexible.
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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #62 on: December 09, 2011, 10:04:56 PM »
5 minutes for an image backup? I tried to image my system and was told first that my external HDD wasn't big enough (it's 110gb) and then was given a time estimate of about 25 minutes. I canceled it and still have never done an image on any computer I have ever used. I agree that System restore should work with Avast (or anything else) installed and still think that the persistent caching feature may have something to do with the problem since a similar feature caused the same thing for Comodo.
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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #63 on: December 10, 2011, 12:56:16 AM »
Imaging has a lot a variables that affect its speed. The compression ratio selected; the higher the compression, the slower the backup.

Imaging to a second local drive is always faster and safer than creating an image on the source drive. If you are storing the image on an external USB 2.0 drive, the backup time will be signifigantly slower due the speed of USB 2.0 transfer rate. Imaging to my external USB 3.0 drive on the other hand is almost as fast as to my internal SATA 6 GB/s backup drive.

I guess I should have mentioned that my image backup times are based on a fast SATA 3 GB/s source drive to a separate destination internal SATA 6GB/s drive.

Finally there is the imaging software used. As the saying goes, not all are created equal.
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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #64 on: December 10, 2011, 02:05:48 AM »
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Imaging to a second local drive is always faster and safer than creating an image on the source drive.
Something you can't do using the windows 7 backup program.
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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #65 on: December 10, 2011, 02:20:15 AM »
It seems that this has been going on for quite sometime. Has there been any acknowledgment from the developers on this problem? I would like to see somebody respond to this issue and what they plan on doing to fix it.

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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #66 on: December 10, 2011, 02:36:30 PM »
It seems that this has been going on for quite sometime. Has there been any acknowledgment from the developers on this problem? I would like to see somebody respond to this issue and what they plan on doing to fix it.
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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #67 on: December 10, 2011, 06:09:34 PM »
I'm running about 50% success on Avast repair. So I guess flip a coin perform you attempt it ;D
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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #68 on: December 11, 2011, 05:39:22 PM »
Is QA happy with 50%? ???
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Re: avast and Windows 7 System Restore
« Reply #69 on: December 11, 2011, 10:22:02 PM »
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Is QA happy with 50%?

No. But what you going to do? Avast is a freebie. My mother taught me a long time ago that "beggars can't be chosers."

Over the years I have developed the attitude either grin and bear it or pitch it and buy software with less issues. However, as we all know many times that has issues.

I know a solution! Pitch Windows and buy a Mac. A lot of people seem to be doing that these days.
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