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Backup files

by rainbird / April 17, 2004 12:45 PM PDT

Hi all,

[WinXP, PII-350Mz, 98MB-RAM]

the first time I got a virus I had to delete some files in the registry and other places and was adviced to make a backup before doing so in case of mistake.

Eventually I got other virus... but the last time I delete a good file by mistake in the registry and NAV's Alert window doesnt pop up anymore when I have a virus.

My question is: if I run the backedup files from the first virus I got, will the bad files from the first virus be reinstalled as well? I cannot remember the name of the virus for the details.

Also will the backedup file restore the good file?

I was thinking maybe I could unistall and reistall NAV but I not sure if I can do that because I bought this PC privately and NAV was already in it, so if I would need the disc to reinstall it that is not an option.

Thanks anyway

-RB

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You don't have NAV.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2004 12:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Backup files

Try free AVG at http://www.grisoft.com

Why are you catching these Virus? Can you reveal what computer use you are doing that opens the door to such?

I find it tough to catch a virus. In fact, zero in about 7 years now.

Bob

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Re:You don't have NAV.
by rainbird / April 17, 2004 1:49 PM PDT
In reply to: You don't have NAV.

Hi there,

I pretty sure the last two virus were from a Window Update(lookalike). The past three days the windows update icon showed up twice on the bar near the clock and the viruses coincide with the dates I run these updates. Before that I got a virus from a newsgroup.

NAV works. It doesnt actually stop the virus from entering (dont know if is all viruses or just some)but at least before the Alert window'd pop up and I would run the scan. Now I dont know if I got a virus and I have to run the scan daily.
Anyhoo...
Can I unistall and reinstall NAV without the disc?

-RB

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Re:Re:You don't have NAV.
by glb613 / April 17, 2004 8:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:You don't have NAV.

You can download another copy of NAV and use it if you have paid your subscription/renewal fee or bought a retail version and activated it. If you didn't do either, you are probably SOL. There are free anitvirus programs online for the download.

I think you also need to get better informed about virus protection, updates and other downloads. There is a lot of free information out there.

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I'm writing "no" as nice as I can.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2004 11:02 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:You don't have NAV.

In no uncertain terms, just because someone installed NAV for you doesn't mean you have a license or a copy of NAV.

Its time to move on.

1. Free AVG is over at http://www.grisoft.com and if you run XP, then certainly you can run AVG.

2. Running a broken or out-of-date Antivirus is much like taking a spacewalk without your spacesuit. You won't last long.

3. There are more things out there than Virus. Consider "parasites" are now wrecking as much (more?) damage than the virus items. When you are up to it read http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ and check in the Security Forum (I see your post there) about how many of the forum members use the items in point 4 without issue to eject the pests.

4. The tools Adaware, Spybot, Cwshredder and the second opinion virus scan called Housecall in conjunction with a current Antivirus and an updated XP SP1 seems to keep the pests out.

5. What won't help is dangerous behaviour or use. Downloading from Kazaa or programs from newsgroups just invites some new pest or an outright trojan to be installed.

Bob

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Re:I'm writing
by rainbird / April 18, 2004 2:38 AM PDT

Thanks,

yeah, I got them all and they are indeed great tools.

The PC has been flying a lot better since.

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