Data Recovery after a Virus Attack Shuts Down your Computer 
File Restoration and Data Recovery

                       " Disaster Planning and DataRecovery"
"What's your "Before and After  Strategy?"

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 -
      (Before Virus Attack)

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.

         "AFTER" a Virus has
             been  Removed

1. Make sure you also scan the backup floppies, Zip Disks, etc, before you reload your data files.

2. Immediately after reloading the Operating System, reinstall up-to-date firewall and virus protection and anti-spyware software, and scan your whole system to determine if any traces of the viruses and worms remain.

3. When you feel confident that all traces of viruses and spyware have been removed from your computer, renew you backup data.

4. 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 computer) and

(2), server side (online service) solutions.

Read Article "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 facilities like Carbonite, etc.

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 inexpensive!.

A Virus caused system shutdown isn't the only way you can lose your important files

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 creation?

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"

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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 copying.


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