A good Disaster Plan includes preparation
for securing your data before a debilitating virus attack, and recovering as
much as possible of what data might still be left in your computer hard drive after restoring
operation of your system.
Large business enterprises assign major resources to
secure data storage, recovery, and protection of their
vital files and systems.
Those of us who use our computers for more personal activities or small
businesses, can best provide for our security and data recovery with more simple
tools, a good plan, and a
basic understanding of our computers and
storage devices (which you can brush up on at sites like "Learn
How To Use Your Computer").
Keeping your browser up to date is of vital importance. Since none are immune to
attack, and this is true if you use MS Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox,
Netscape, etc, every announced update should be implemented immediately.
The 'BEFORE' Strategy -
1. Make sure your
firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are installed and running.
Get the latest virus DAT or
Signature files from the maker of your anti-virus software. (If the program
you are using doesn't do this automatically while you are online, schedule
your computer to automatically obtain Live Updates while you are sleeping,
or schedule yourself to download them regularly.)
3. Do it every few days!
During periods of high virus activity with newer variations of viruses appearing
nearly every day, the safest thing you can do is to maintain current updates
which are usually very easy downloads.
1. Make sure you also scan the backup floppies, Zip Disks, etc, before you reload your data
2. Immediately after reloading the Operating
System, reinstall up-to-date firewall and virus protection
and scan your whole system to determine if any traces of the viruses and
3. When you feel confident that all traces of viruses
and spyware have been removed
from your computer, renew you backup data.
Evaluate your Backup Tools
● What tools do you have?
● Are they capable of storing
your data now and in the
There are some fairly easy tools to use for file backup and data recovery.
Essentially, there are two ways that this can be approached-
(1), as client side (your
(2), server side (online service) solutions.
"Backing up your Data files the easy Way"
Removing a Virus from your computer
before data restoration
|So many internet users have
Microsoft Office and Browser software, that it just
makes good sense to check their advice before renewing your backed up data.
Review Microsoft Essentials Here
Probably the most upsetting situation is when your anti-virus software cannot
quarantine, disinfect or remove a virus or worm from your computer.
In a worst case situation, this results in the necessity of completely 'wiping'
your hard drive to remove all traces, and then reinstalling your
operating system and program files.
Most program files can be reinstalled using the original CD's, etc. Software
programs that you downloaded to your 'C' drive will probably be lost
unless you made backup copies of them after downloading.
The same could hold true for all of your Data files. Wave goodbye to them, too,
unless you have them saved on some external backup device or medium like
CD's, ZIP Disks, tapes, external hard drives and
flash drives or memory sticks.
(*) It's possible to save a complete image of your hard drive to an
external unit. Remove the drive unit from its case after saving an image
of your main hard drive. Put it back when you make an update.
(**) It's relatively inexpensive to save your complete system files to "the Cloud" online files storage
CAUTION! Be sure you save program Serial Numbers
and Passwords in a safe notebook or journal. NOT JUST IN YOUR COMPUTER HARD DRIVE.
There's the possibility that you need only Wipe your 'C' drive, leaving other
partitions intact (such as a 'D' partition or drive). Data on 'D' could still be
uncompromised and not infected.
You will normally need the 'C' drive to reload your Windows operating system (OS).
You CAN reload your OS directly from the
Emergency Start up disk or OS Program
installation disk for Windows ME, NET, 2000 and XP.
Windows 10 will probably require a download for the complete replacement
Remote Server side
Data Storage can be a great Data Recovery lifesaver, especially since these
services have the ability to store extremely large data files and are very
A Virus caused system shutdown isn't the only way you can lose your
Do you Backup your files as you are working on
a letter, report, graphic design, etc?
Has your computer ever 'Hung Up' in the
middle of a project after you've spent a lot of brainpower on your
Of course, you've heard it time and time again -"Backup, Backup and
Backup every 5, 10, 15 minutes or so while you are creating"
Your Disaster planning should start with the safest tools available
THINK "COMPUTER SAFETY"
If you use the internet at all, ALWAYS BE AWARE of the damage that can be
done due to one little lapse of your memory.
Backup your personal files, those that you save to your "Documents'
folder, financial records, etc.
Save these Backup copies somewhere other than to your computer hard drive.
MAKE SURE your system has no viruses before you start your backup
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