A messed up computer due to a malware infection or an unknown OS error is troublesome, really, especially when find no antivirus or other tools manage to handle that. Read more in this post to perform a system restore to troubleshoot such.
What is system restore?
System Restore is a way to undo system changes to the computer without affecting the saved personal files, such as e-mail, documents or photos. And system restore is one of the top options to troubleshoot a computer. In this article, we will cover steps on how to use System Restore for troubleshooting a messed up computer infected by malware.
How to Do System Restore to Fix a Computer Infected by Malware?
Most online malware do tricks by changing the core system settings like registry entries or system files to perform their tricks, therefore, the system restore, in about 90% cases, can do the trick to restore the system to a previous data and time, called the restore point, just before the infection when the computer is clean and safe.
The restore point refers to a system image saved automatically weekly on the hard disk and the default restore point on your computer would be the latest event like Windows updates, installation of a program, etc. Also, you can manually create the restore point.
You can also manually create a restore point if you need despite that the restore point is automatically created on a weekly basis.
To create a restore point mannually, you need to:
To use System Restore
In Windows 7/vista:
Before you start System Restore, save any open files and close all programs. System Restore will restart your PC.
In Windows XP:
Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.
On the Welcome to System Restore page, click to select the Restore my computer to an earlier time option, and then click Next.
On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.
Note, a System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
Log on to the computer as an administrator. Then, click OK on the System Restore Restoration Complete page.
In Windows 8
The Windows 8 refresh function is available through the ”PC Settings” Metro-style application.
If you successfully restored your computer to a previous state and the computer runs as expected, the troubleshooting is done and that’s it.