Ever troubled with a messed up computer by malware infections and find no antivirus success to fix that? The System Restore comes to an option to troubleshoot that and it succeeds in most cases, indeed. Here check more on the how.
What is system restore?
System Restore is a way to undo system changes to the computer without affecting the saved personal files, such as e-mail, documents or photos. And system restore is one of the top options to troubleshoot a computer. And in this article, we will cover steps on how to use System Restore to fix a computer infected by malware.
How to Do System Restore to Fix a Computer Infected by Malware?
As you may know that most online malware do tricks by changing the core system settings like registry entries or system files to perform their tricks, therefore, the system restore, in about 90% cases, can do the trick to restore the system to a previous data and time, called the restore point, just before the infection when the computer is clean and safe.
The restore point refers to a system image saved automatically weekly on the hard disk and the default restore point on your computer would be the latest event like Windows updates, installation of a program, etc. Also, you can manually create the restore point.
To create a restore point
- 1. Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
2. In the left pane, click System protection. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
3. Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.
4. In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.
To use System Restore
In Windows 7:
Before you start System Restore, save any open files and close all programs. System Restore will restart your PC.
- 1. Open System Restore by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type System Restore, and then, in the list of results, click System Restore. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
2. Follow the steps in the wizard to choose a restore point and restore your computer.
In Windows XP:
- 1. Log on to Windows as an administrator.
2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.
3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click to select the Restore my computer to an earlier time option, and then click Next.
4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.
Note, a System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
6. Log on to the computer as an administrator. Then, click OK on the System Restore Restoration Complete page.
If you successfully restored your computer to a previous state and the computer runs as expected, you are finished.