Solved Is a recovery partition safe from infection?

November 15, 2015 at 18:01:49
Specs: Windows, Intel i3
If a computer becomes infected and the solution ends up being to re-image the machine to the factory state, how safe is it to use the recovery partition? Are recovery partitions read only and therefore free of infection? Or are there viruses which can infect it?

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November 15, 2015 at 18:50:51
Nothing is immune if the hackers get their teeth into it. Here's some views:

However, there's been little sign of it so far and it is far easier to infect the system partition. So I believe the answer to your question is that it is pretty safe to trust the recovery partition, although there is merit in other methods.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 15, 2015 at 19:55:50
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If you want to be absolutely sure in the future then if (or when) your system is good and free of infections and everything is exactly like you like it, use the Windows Back up and Make an Image of your Hard Drive onto an external drive, unplug it and put it away, and make a Windows Repair Disk (Windows 7, and 8.0 not sure of 8.1 and 10) and put that away with the disk image. This way if all else fails, you just delete all partitions, reimage the drive, and then restore your regular back up (also important). If these features are not available on the latest versions of Windows, there are aftermarket software that can handle this also.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 15, 2015 at 20:15:35

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