system restore initializing taking long

August 15, 2013 at 12:33:50
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Toshiba lap top bas been in system restore initializing for a long time what do I do I don't want to lose my data on th machine dump but I have no back ups m a de

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#1
August 15, 2013 at 14:30:57
It's difficult to see any way forward when this happens so I'm afraid your only course of action is to hold the power button in until the computer closes and then start it up again. Keep an eye on here though, just in case anyone has a bright idea.

If you run into difficulties when restarting then shut down, pull the power cord, remove the laptop battery then hold the power button in for about 20 seconds before re-assembling and restarting.

If this works out then backup before attempting it again. You could then let us know why you were doing restore in case we have some ideas on how to overcome whatever you were trying to fix.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
August 17, 2013 at 08:56:14
Thanks for your response. I was doing a restore to earlier date for the automatic updates for Windows 7, the last one it did slowed down my system to less than a crawl! Yes I had to power down. For the system was so slow, to do a back up once restarted was not even thinkable, REALLY. But after shut down I went ahead and restarted in safe mode and then did a restore to yet another date and it worked. Was late by this time so I then quit for the night, to do a back up the morning. Well this a.m. upon turning on said system is performing a whooping 34,474 system updates! Good grief! Should have shut that auto update off before retiring last night! Hopefully I will still be able to back up my personal "stuff" now! Once I do if I can, I guess I will do a complete restore to factory, and not have the auto update on. So right now I have my fingers crossed! What I have is a Toshiba c655 satellite lap top 64 Windows 7 professional. I also use the free avg. I at times run the free spy bot and the free malware err my mind is not thinking right now the name has left me- I want to say malware bites!?!? ( it does bite that there are all this kind of stuff one has to be a concerned about!) Can you give me some info on the best way to run a system as to what I have, this all gets confusing to me as to Trojans malware spyware hijacking firewalls blocking pop ups cookies.........
I am unsure what the settings should all be set at, especially the ones for the internet, for half of the terminology is "Greek" to me...ie I eat cookies and pop ups well are those pop tarts or do they mean "push" ups as in the frozen orange treats or exercises?!! Hehe ha ha blah blah ok really I don't think the settings are safe from factory, for I feel they spy and track too also set one up for viruses to get one to need more of there software or service...... Will you give some advise on all this "stuff" please pretty please.....thanks a million! I sure try but as a single parent due to death, my time and money are both little to spend on these types of issues. And it appears I have a need to have to use the internet for a lot of PERSONAL business .... hate not having real people doing real people stuff... want to go back in time. but....enough rambling sorry life gets yucky in my shoes.....thanks to what I hope an pray are to real people that have real morals values and concerns for one that really does and is....signed me as RAW real and wise┬┐ Thank you I await.........

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#3
August 17, 2013 at 14:43:08
Wow - that's mouthful. Even after a factory restore there is always the chance of picking up a virus sometime. The initial way to help prevent this is adopt safe browsing - plenty of info on that if you search Google for it. Beware of magic fix-all programs and registry cleaners banded around on the internet - most are scams and even the best of them can do more harm than good. I try to avoid green buttons that say "Safe Download". This usually means that they foist an unnecessary downloader on you, which might be far from safe. Use alternative sources where possible - FileHippo is one of the safest download sites.

You only need one good Antivirus running in the background continuously. Plenty of freebies such as "Avast", AVG, Microsoft Security Essentials, BitDefender. Folk have their own preferences but looking at the latest reviews is worthwhile.

Other free security programs worth having on board are MalwareBytes and ADWCleaner, which can be run from time to time as you think fit. ADWCleaner gets shot of dubious toolbars that can often get through on free downloads despite you unchecking all the junk they try to foist on you (although it is definitely wise to always do so).

One program that seems to heave been forgotten is SpyWareBlaster, which immunizes your system against certain intrusions but only runs when you update it. Prevention is better than cure. You mentioned SpyBot Search & Destroy - bit dated possibly but if you use the immunize feature on this from time to time then you probably don't really need SpywareBlaster as well.

Windows updates are a way of life but in my opinion it is best to use them as they block many security holes in IE and your system.

Not sure how far to go or when to stop so hopefully others will join in on this. I will alert a co-helper (Johnw) about your response #2 because I think he might be able to furnish some other ideas.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
August 17, 2013 at 14:56:16
"Wow - that's mouthful"
Is it ever, very hard to read, your coverage is very easy to read Derek.

Here I go, shall get back ASAP.


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#5
August 17, 2013 at 15:43:45
raw2gs
"system is performing a whooping 34,474 system updates"
Not normal.
"I guess I will do a complete restore to factory, and not have the auto update on"
Good idea.
When you go to Windows Update & click on > Check for updates, can you give us a screenshots ( SS ) of what it shows please ( you may need more than one SS )

I use Image Uploader for uploading SS/images & files. Give us the links it produces.
I upload to Imgur.com for images & load.to for files.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Intern...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://zenden.ws/imageuploader_ru
How to use for images.
http://i.imgur.com/mWxzNlv.gif
http://i.imgur.com/ODCCcPf.gif
http://i.imgur.com/zalhLtW.gif
For other files.
http://i.imgur.com/FhtnM6c.gif
http://i.imgur.com/AT6bjjD.gif
http://i.imgur.com/txFkgpT.gif

Shall cover the security side of things later.


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#6
August 18, 2013 at 18:31:38
To prevent system failure or data loss, backup is important and necessary. AOMEI free backup software provides basic and advanced features to ensure the safety of your system and data. You can back up your system, partition and drive data in an easy way.

http://www.backup-utility.com/free-...


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#7
August 18, 2013 at 19:05:33
Re #6
"To prevent system failure".
Backup will not prevent system failure. However backing up regularly is an excellent idea because any system can fail due to a host of causes. I don't know the particular program you linked to but assume you have the necessary personal experience of that package trust it and suggest it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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