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How to Remove Infected Restore Points from Windows Vista

Many times, you can simply run your anti-virus program and it will remove all traces of a virus. However, if you've removed a virus and it reappears again, you have a virus that is able to restore itself using Vistas System Restore Points as a hiding place. The only way to permanently remove this kind of persistent infection is to remove the infected restore points as well.

1

Click Start, right-click Computer, and choose Properties.

Vista shows you some basic information about your computer, as a well as a few task options.

2

Choose System Protection from the task pane along the left.

You see the System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.

3

Remove the check mark from any checked boxes in the Automatic Restore Points section.

When you deselect these options, Vista asks to make sure you know what you're doing.

4

Click Turn System Restore Off.

You return to the System Properties dialog box.

5

Click OK to close the window; then restart your computer.

To reboot, click the Start button, click the right-pointing arrow to the right of the padlock, and choose Restart.

6

Update your antivirus program with the latest virus definitions, scan, and disinfect your entire computer.

Exactly how you do this depends on which virus-protection software you're using.

7

When the computer is disinfected, reboot again. Then repeat Steps 1 through 3, except that in Step 3, place a check in the box marked Local Disk (C:) (System) and then click OK.

When you’re through, create a new restore point named after the virus you've just disinfected. That leaves you with a safe restore point for future use.

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