How Do I Keep Malware Off Of My System Backups?

The most important thing that you should do to your computer on a regular basis to back up the data that is on it.

While most of us are getting used to the idea that the computer is going to be an everyday part of our lives, we still have not taken the time to find out how to properly care for the machine.

We miss scheduling updates that the operating system needs to run correctly.

We do not properly scan new files that are introduced into the machine.

And we do not properly back up the data on the computer on a regular basis.

And yet some of us still tend to get mad when the computer does not run right.

If you have a car and do not put gas in it and you do not get its oil changed every 10,000 miles you cannot be surprised when it doesn’t run right.

This is the same attitude that you must have when it comes to your computer.

Fortunately more and more people are starting to get the right idea and with the easy to use backup software out on the market right now, you are starting to see more people back up their data just in case the worst happens.

But there are a couple of rules that you should know when you are backing up data.

it is essential that you keep malware off of your backups

it is essential that you keep malware off of your backups

Rules You Should Follow Before You Start A Backup Of Your Data

So now that you are ready to back up your data there are a couple of things that you should do before you actually continue.

The first thing that you should do is to scan all of the files that you are putting in the system.

What you must remember about backing up your data is that the same data that you are putting in on the back up disk or hard drive is the same data that you are going to retrieve when you put it back on the computer.

If you are backing up files that have been recently put on the computer you might be backing up data that has been infected but you do not know it yet.

If you are backing up data, you have the intention of someday putting it back on the computer.

When you finally do, you will be putting files that are infected onto the system.

You might even have the intention of scanning the new files when it does go back on the computer but if several weeks or months go by before you are ready to put the data back on the computer then there is a good chance that you are going to forget that the data has never been scanned.

This is especially true for people who make several versions of their backups.

They might have several versions of the backup cleaned up from any infection by scanning it before they did the back up, but one of the early backups can still be holding the file which is still infected.

This is why you should make sure all of the files are clean before you start any backups at all.

What Software Should I Use To Scan The Files?

The most obvious answer to that is some sort of antivirus software that comes highly recommended.

The main thing that you want to find on a file that you are going to back up is whether it has been infected with some sort of virus, worm, or any other piece of malware.

There are several other things that you might want to look out for before you back up the files as well.

For example, you might want to back up your registry files.

You will want software that is able to fix the registry files correctly before you do the back up.

If the files are not correct in the first place then it makes no sense to back up it up.

Besides the registry, there are other files that might need to be fixed before you do a back up.

It all depends on the software that you have on your computer.

Look online for any other software that you might need to fix the files that are on your computer before you start the backup process.

Creating a back up disk on a DVD, CD or Hard Drive is a very good idea to make sure that your data stays safe.

A computer has many parts that can fail at any time.

You should be sure that you are prepared for this to happen.

Just make sure that when you do the back up, you are backing up data that is worth saving and is not data that has been corrupted by some sort of malware.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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