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Disabling System Restore - questions

Am I supposed to disable the System Restore every time I scan, for anything? Could you explain when I'm supposed to disable System Restore when scanning? Do I disable it, then immediately start running the many scans, then enable it again? It's just that my System Restore rarely makes restore points by itself (whole different problem!) and I could lose everything, possibly. The scanning takes a long time (online scan, Ad-Aware, Spybot, The Cleaner, etc.), does that matter?

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No, you don't need to disable System Restore for ANY type of scan. My anti-virus (by default) excludes the System Restore files from scans. If yours doesn't do this by default, you may need to manually tell it to not scan the "C:System Volume Information\restore" folder. I use Ad-Aware, and it works fine without turning off System Restore. I would never turn off System Restore.

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sys restores locked by windows so no need to turn off as when you do you lose all restore points, unless u have a virus in there.
virus programs cant acess that area

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As a general rule of thumb, you don't disable System Restore unless your scanner detects malware in System Restore. As to whether I would disable System Restore, I probably wouldn't - on WinME, I delete the file from a DOS prompt without destroying all recovery points and if you're patient, the infected items will roll off eventually as new restore points are created (but the alerts could be annoying so it's individual choice on that one). I do recommend that you scan System Restore because you want a true picture of what is on your PC. Your scanner should be set to scan all files in all locations (including compressed files, System Restore and the Recycle Bin).

The only infected items that I usually get are email attachments that I intentionally download to see which virus it is. I have learned to save suspect files using a TXT extention - TXT files (or any non-executable file extention) are not saved in System Restore when they are deleted. Happy

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