Why You Need To Make Sure Your Backups Don’t Include Viruses!

Every now and then we need to be able to back up everything that is on our computer.

If you do not do regular systems back up then you will find yourself out of luck when something finally does go wrong.

So just in case this bad thing happens with your system, you will want to have a full back up of it.

The problem with creating a full back up is that sometimes there are certain corrupted files that get wrapped up in the good files that you want to keep.

Even though it is a good thing that you are creating this back up, it really isn’t helpful to you if you are reintroducing malware onto your system.

So there are several things that you should do before you do a full back up.

Some of the items that I am about to list you can probably guess, others will not be so obvious.

when you make a backup you need to ensure you're not saving any malware in there

when you make a backup you need to ensure you're not saving any malware in there

Before You Backup

The first thing that you want to do is of course scan your entire system to see if there is any kind of malware on there.

This may make an already long back up procedure even longer but you will thank yourself in the long run.

Before you start, make sure that you are running an updated version of the antivirus that you have installed on your computer.

Unless you are able to detect the latest malware, then again backing up your computer will be almost useless.

Another thing that you should do before you start a full back up is to run anti-rootkit software on your computer as well.

A rootkit is a piece of malware that cannot be detected by normal means.

The software must be able to do a full, deep scan to get rid of this type of malware.

So while you are getting ready to back up your computer, it will help you to run a scan on this as well.

The security world has figured out rootkits better than they have in the past but they still pose a threat to a person’s system.

Another thing that may not be so obvious when you are backing up your system is that you should know if you are doing a full system back up or doing a back up of just the data.

Some programs will tell you that they are doing a full back up, but they are really only backing up your data.

Others will back up your data and your operating system as well.

If it is not backing up your entire operating system then you should make sure that you back up some of your security settings.

This includes the wireless keypass that you have to get on your network and also the settings for your software firewall set up.

See if the firewall program will give you a file that shows you what sites you have already blocked.

It will take a long time to reset them again.

As you can see, it is a good thing to think about your security when you are doing a full systems back up.

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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