stupid question perhaps

March 5, 2009 at 01:12:20
Specs: Windows XP
can you tell me - I have 2 hard drive and use the 2nd one for saving photos to etc. If i needed to reinstall windows XP would all those pics on the spare hard drive be lost? Also if I turned the pc back to another restore point would it remove any viruses - i suspect not otherwise there would be no need for AV software but please advise.

thanks v much

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March 5, 2009 at 04:57:00
No, Reinstalling Windows will only affect files that reside on the same partition as Windows. It wont even affect files on a different partition on the same physical disk although you will have to reinstall aplications.

Reverting to a restore point may or may not remove a virus. Restore points were never meant as a means of removing viruses. The best way to remove a virus is to go to one of the anti-virus web sites and once you have identified the virus, follow the instruction therein. An anti-virus application may or may not remove a virus. Its main job is to prevent you from getting the virus in the first place.

Even if you do remove viruses there is still a need for Anti-Virus software. Only using an anti virus software when you have a virus is closing the stable door after the horse has escaped. Better the horse doesn't escape in the first place.


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March 5, 2009 at 05:09:52
thanks Stuart - I have an existing thread in the security and virus forum re my virus problem and whilst I have had some advice there i wouldn't mind yur thoughts on it too if possible. Essentlailly I do fun AVG and spybot - I downloaded what i thought was a music track, scanned it with AVG before opening it and the results came back clen - opened it and it was virus city!

any assistance would be great cos i really don't want to have to reinstall.


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March 5, 2009 at 06:25:21
There are other reasons to be concerned about your irreplacable photos though.

The most common one is hard drive failure. When that happens you may not be able to retrieve the photos and even if you can it will be expensive.

You should ALWAYS maintain at least TWO copies of ANY files you wish to keep.

I recommend making copies on CDR or DVDR. You can fit a lot of files on on DVDR. Once a disk is made making copies of it to send/store elsewhere is cheap and easy. Making the disk is easy too.

There is really nothing to stop an intruder that gains access to your computer from destroying anything they wish. Who knows why these nuts write destructive programs. I have heard one explanation as "because they can".

Don't be sorry, backup the photos. If you don't currently have a burner drive in your computer you can buy one for about $30 or less. I buy DVDR disks on sale for like $9.99/12.99 for 50 disks.

Pretty cheap insurance if you ask me. When dealing with hard drives the question isn't IF your drive fails but WHEN your drive fails.

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March 5, 2009 at 06:36:08
thanks Othehill I will copy them all on to DVDR ASAP
thanks again.

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March 5, 2009 at 09:41:47
You are welcome.

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March 5, 2009 at 11:47:26
If you don't know the name of the virus and can't find a fix, doing a System Restore is sure worth a shot. It won't remove the virus file(s), but it might remove the Registry entry that allows it to run.

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