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Virus Recovery Tips For Your Infected Computer

Virus Recovery Tips For Your Infected Computer

Computer viruses are harmful because of the damage they can cause to your computer system, such as deleting files, corrupting data, or simply wiping your hard disk clean. Some even install backdoors on your computer that can give hackers access to your system and your data.

Although some viruses (those that cause your system to crash only once or generate silly onscreen messages) are comparatively benign, most viruses target the essential portions of your programs or operating system to deliver greater damage.

Fighting viruses is relatively simple. Every user should install and maintain anti-virus software. The software should be set to scan all incoming files and emails, and to regularly scan the entire computer for infection. Users can do their part by treating all incoming messages and attachments with suspicion.

Despite taking all these precautions, chances are you may someday find your system infected by a virus. You will probably lose important data, as well as essential program and systems files. Once you have been victimized, what can you do for virus recovery?

The first step is to properly diagnose your problem. If your computer is still functional and you can access the Internet, search for information on current, known viruses. Using the file search function, scan your system for virus programs or infected files. Don’t forget to search your memory as some viruses are designed to hide in there. Be sure to show hidden files because some viruses will be invisible to regular searching.

Test several different programs and operating system functions to determine the depth of infection, if it exists. If only one program or system function is not operating correctly, it may be a problem with that component rather than a virus that is causing the aberrant behavior. Of course, you may have contracted a virus designed to attack only one part of your computer so it pays to check thoroughly regardless of the symptoms.

If your system is not operational, try to boot the computer using an anti-virus CD or diskette. This step will only work if you have created the necessary bootable anti-virus disk when you install the software, before you are infected with the virus. You should also have saved a backup copy of your system on CD in anticipation of a possible future infection.

After booting from the diskette or CD, scan the system and look for the virus or infected files. If you discover a virus, there are several steps to take to restore your computer to normal.

If you are running Microsoft Windows, select the boot option: Last Known Good Configuration. This option only exists the first time you reboot after infection, so make sure you try it first. This approach rarely works, but in some instances it can save your computer.

Check your computer for key operating systems files. A quick search on Microsoft’s web site for “operating system files” should call up a comprehensive list; print out this list and keep it by the computer for comparison. For the same level of service pack, the dates on the files should match up closely; a much more recent date on one or two files might help you pinpoint infected files.

Pay close attention to kernel32.exe and lsass.exe because hackers frequently attack those two files. Although Microsoft does update these files periodically, those updates tend to come in bunches so one file with a different date should be viewed with suspicion. If necessary, replace suspect files with new clean versions copied from another system or downloaded from the Internet.

Windows users may also find their Registry has been corrupted. If you have this problem, there are many Windows Registry repair utilities out there that can help; a simple Internet search will turn up the proper one for your version of Windows. You can also look for helpful and up-to-date recommendations for this type of software on the related forums.

If the virus has only attacked a particular program, it is a simple matter to uninstall and reinstall it. Though the time and effort involved is annoying, the process itself is fairly straightforward. Luckily, most programs will ask you before deleting any user-created data files so you shouldn’t lose any valuable work.

The worst-case scenario involves lots of lost or corrupted data that was never backed up by the user before infection. If you fall into this category, take heart- there are programs or services out there to help. Data Recovery services are usually expensive, but you may find your data is worth the considerable cost involved. Even if you can’t locate any of your files, these experts may be able to recover substantial portions of the lost data.

Virus Recovery Tips for Your Infected Computer

Virus Recovery Tips for Your Infected Computer

Computer viruses are harmful because of the damage they can cause to your computer system, such as deleting files, corrupting data, or simply wiping your hard disk clean. Some even install backdoors on your computer that can give hackers access to your system and your data.

Although some viruses (those that cause your system to crash only once or generate silly onscreen messages) are comparatively benign, most viruses target the essential portions of your programs or operating system to deliver greater damage.

Fighting viruses is relatively simple. Every user should install and maintain anti-virus software. The software should be set to scan all incoming files and emails, and to regularly scan the entire computer for infection. Users can do their part by treating all incoming messages and attachments with suspicion.

Despite taking all these precautions, chances are you may someday find your system infected by a virus. You will probably lose important data, as well as essential program and systems files. Once you have been victimized, what can you do for virus recovery?

The first step is to properly diagnose your problem. If your computer is still functional and you can access the Internet, search for information on current, known viruses. Using the file search function, scan your system for virus programs or infected files. Don’t forget to search your memory as some viruses are designed to hide in there. Be sure to show hidden files because some viruses will be invisible to regular searching.

Test several different programs and operating system functions to determine the depth of infection, if it exists. If only one program or system function is not operating correctly, it may be a problem with that component rather than a virus that is causing the aberrant behavior. Of course, you may have contracted a virus designed to attack only one part of your computer so it pays to check thoroughly regardless of the symptoms.

If your system is not operational, try to boot the computer using an anti-virus CD or diskette. This step will only work if you have created the necessary bootable anti-virus disk when you install the software, before you are infected with the virus. You should also have saved a backup copy of your system on CD in anticipation of a possible future infection.

After booting from the diskette or CD, scan the system and look for the virus or infected files. If you discover a virus, there are several steps to take to restore your computer to normal.

If you are running Microsoft Windows, select the boot option: Last Known Good Configuration. This option only exists the first time you reboot after infection, so make sure you try it first. This approach rarely works, but in some instances it can save your computer.

Check your computer for key operating systems files. A quick search on Microsoft’s web site for “operating system files” should call up a comprehensive list; print out this list and keep it by the computer for comparison. For the same level of service pack, the dates on the files should match up closely; a much more recent date on one or two files might help you pinpoint infected files.

Pay close attention to kernel32.exe and lsass.exe because hackers frequently attack those two files. Although Microsoft does update these files periodically, those updates tend to come in bunches so one file with a different date should be viewed with suspicion. If necessary, replace suspect files with new clean versions copied from another system or downloaded from the Internet.

Windows users may also find their Registry has been corrupted. If you have this problem, there are many Windows Registry repair utilities out there that can help; a simple Internet search will turn up the proper one for your version of Windows. You can also look for helpful and up-to-date recommendations for this type of software on the related forums.

If the virus has only attacked a particular program, it is a simple matter to uninstall and reinstall it. Though the time and effort involved is annoying, the process itself is fairly straightforward. Luckily, most programs will ask you before deleting any user-created data files so you shouldn’t lose any valuable work.

 

Top 3 Windows Vista Password Recovery Measures

Top 3 Windows Vista Password Recovery Measures

If you’ve forgotten password on Win Vista and cannot log on your computer again, you need to perform Windows Vista password recovery. But the problem for you is that how can you recover the password and will it be difficult to perform password recovery? Below is a step-by-step guidance for you to recover Windows Vista password with 3 different methods.

Method 1: Perform Windows Vista password recovery with password reset disk

Win Vista allows you to create a password reset disk with a USB flash drive in a few seconds. It can help you reset the login password when you forget it. Just try to recover Windows Vista password as follows if you have a such a disk at hand.

1. Start your computer and get to the Vista login screen.
2. Type a wrong password, and then Reset password link will appear on the Vista login screen.
3. Click Reset password to enter to Password Reset Wizard screen, and then click next.
4. Select the right disk if you have more than one disk, click next.
5. Type in a new password and password hint, click next.
6. Click Finish when you’ve successfully reset the login password.

Method 2: Perform Windows Vista password recovery on safe mode

In addition to reset Vista login password with password reset disk, you can also recover Windows Vista password on safe mode. And the presupposition is that you have can log on computer with another Win Vista administrator account.

1. Press F8 when your Win Vista PC is booting. You will come to the Advanced Boot Options.
2. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter.
3. Enter safe mode with an available admin account. And a command prompt will appear.
4. Type net user in command prompt and press Enter. It will show you all accounts on the Win Vista.
5. Type net user Mike 123456 (Mike is the locked admin account’s name and 123456 is the new password. This depends on the setting of your computer) and press Enter. Now you have successfully created a new password on the locked admin account.
6. Type shutdown -r -t 00 and press Enter.
7. The computer will reboot automatically and then you can log on Win Vista.

Method 3: Perform Windows Vista password recovery with Windows Login Recovery

Windows Login Recovery is efficient Windows password recovery software designed to recover Windows login passwords for any version of Windows, including Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, 2000, NT, 2008. It is not necessary for you to reinstall the system when you forgot or lost your Windows login password. But a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive and an available computer with optical drive is required before starting to perform Win Vista password recovery as below:

1. Download Windows Login Recovery and install it in any available computer.
2. Run the program and insert a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive into computer. You will see a default path of an ISO image file after running the application.
3. Select CD/DVD or USB drive to burn the ISO image file and click Burn.
4. After burning, insert the CD/DVD or USB drive to your locked computer.
5. Set the locked computer to boot from CD/DVD or USB drive. After setting BIOS to boot from CD/DVD or USB drive, the computer will restart automatically. And then you can recover Windows Vista password under DOS.
6. Choose the installation path of Windows, and enter the ID of the path.
7. All the user names will be displayed for you, and you can select one to remove its password by entering the ID of User Name. And then enter y to confirm your operation.
8. After removing the selected password, you can enter y to continue to reset other passwords, or enter n to finish.
9. After entering n to finish, eject the CD/DVD or USB drive and press any key to restart the computer. Now, you can log on your PC.