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Data Backup Methods and Procedures

Always, always back up. Why?

1. Malicious software or a hacker attack can corrupt or delete some or all of your data.
2. Hardware failures can lead to permanently damaged storage devices in which there is no return.
3. Accidental deletion is the most common cause of data loss.



Optical Disks

Optical Disks, such as CDs or DVDs, have been the standard way to back up and store large amounts of data, and they tend to be very cheap. The problem with optical disks is that they can usually only be written to once. Rewritable optical disks are available, but they have a tendency to become less reliable the more you copy data to them. In addition, CDs and DVDs need to be kept under specific conditions, such as keeping them in protective cases and far away from any moisture or sunlight.



Hard Drives

External hard drives are cheaper, larger, and easier to use than ever before. Today’s hard drives often run into the terabyte (1,024 gigabyte) territory and connect to your computer via a USB, FireWire or eSATA port. If you need more data backup abilities, another option to consider is a NAS (network attached storage) system. These storage devices are connected to your home or office network and provides a fast and convenient way to backup and access your data.



Cloud Backup

Cloud backup is typically the reliable approach to keep your data safe and sound. The reason why cloud storage provides the best way to back up your data is because it is completely separated from your hardware. The cloud is an online storage service on the Internet that stores your data across multiple servers. Cloud computing and storage is now a common practice and can be found integrated into modern operating systems. The only major disadvantage of cloud backup is that storage space is limited, and you will have pay an extra $50 to $100 a year to back up a large amount of data from all your computers and mobile devices to an online storage service, such as Carbonite, Google Drive, iDrive, iCloud, Mozy, or SkyDrive.



Backup Programs

Windows 7 and 8 both offer integrated applications that can create complete system-recovery images. In Windows 8, the backup application is somewhat hidden under Control Panel -> All Items -> Windows 7 File Recovery. There are also several backup applications that are easier or more versatile to use, such as Acronis Backup & Recovery and True Image, Easeus Todo Backup, Genie Timeline Backup, and NovaBackup. If you decide to use the cloud, the service will provide a backup application for you to use and normally creates a local backup on your internal or external hard drive and a backup of your data online.



Steps To Clean Up Your Computer and Make It Run Faster

Remove unused programs to improve system performance and registry integrity.

1. Click the Start button, then click "Control Panel."
2. Click the "Uninstall a Program" link located under the Programs field.
3. Select the program you wish to remove, then click "Uninstall" from the options displayed toward the top portion of the applet.
4. Follow all necessary instructions to delete the application.



Enable your system's virtual memory, which emulates physical memory when your computer lacks the sufficient amount necessary to run all available applications.

1. Click the Start button, then right-click "Computer" and select "Properties" from the context menu.
2. Click "Advanced System Settings" from the left pane, followed by "Settings" from the main Performance section on the following screen.
3. Click the "Advanced" tab, followed by "Change."
4. Click to enable the "Automatically Manage Paging File Size for all Drives" check box.
5. Click "OK" to exit the menu.



Defrag your primary disk drive to organize all available system and program files.

1. Click the Start button and type "Disk Defragmenter" into the search field available.
2. Press "Enter" or select the program from the results displayed.
3. Select the drive you wish to defragment from the list shown.
4. Click "Defragment Disk" to start the procedure.
5. Allow the process to finish. This process may take several hours to complete, depending on the amount of data on your computer.



Run a Check Disk to repair corrupted files on your primary disk.

1. Click the Start button and type "Window Explorer" into the search field available.
2. Right click on the drive [Local Disk (C:)] that you wish to run check disk and click "Properties".
3. Click "Tools", then click [Check now] to start the procedure.
4. Under Check disk option, place a check mark in all boxes.
5. Click [Start]. At the prompt, click [Yes] and [OK].
6. Reboot the computer when you’re ready. This process can take several hours to complete, depending on the size of the drive.



Disable startup programs to prevent unwanted applications from launching automatically each time Windows is booted.

1. Click the Start button and type "Msconfig" into the search field.
2. Press "Enter" to launch the System Configuration applet.
3. Click the "Startup" tab.
4. Uncheck any optional programs available, such as multimedia software and instant messaging tools.
5. Click "OK" and restart your computer to apply the new settings.



Inspect and remove malware infections and viruses, which depletes system resources, from your computer system.

1. Download and install AVG Antivirus Free, Malwarebytes, and/or ComboFix, with all default settings and options intact.
2. Close all open programs and launch the anti-malware utility.
3. Perform an update using its respective option, typically available from the main user interface.
4. Click the main Scan button available from the user interface.
5. Allow the procedure to complete which may take several hours depending on the amount of files available on your computer.
6. Repeat procedure with other anti-malware utilities as an added precaution.



Delete temporary files from system to prevent program conflicts and free up disk space.

1. Click on Start (For Windows 8, hit shortcut Windows key + R)
2. Type %temp% in the search box, and then hit the Enter key.
3. Click on one of the files in the folder that just opened, and press Ctrl + A to select all of the files in this folder.
4. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
5. When prompted if you are sure, choose Yes.
6. Click OK, if you receive an Error Deleting File or Folder message during this process. It means that one of the files is in use.
7. Close all open programs, and repeat the steps above. If this continues, try restarting your PC and repeating the process again.
8. When you've finished emptying your Temp folders, be sure to empty your Recycle Bin: Locate the Recycle Bin icon on your Desktop. Right-click on the Recycle Bin and choose Empty Recycle Bin.



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System Restore and Recovery

The System Restore tool can restore your computer to any of the available restore points. Any settings, installations, and other changes that occurred after the restore point will be rolled back, but your files will not be affected. This means that while System Restore can quickly fix problems with programs and settings, it cannot be used to recover deleted documents and files. Accessing System Restore is slightly different for different versions of Windows, but the System Restore application works the same.


Windows 8

1. Open the Start screen and type "recovery".
2. Select "Recovery" from the list of search results. This will open the Recovery window.
3. Click the [Open System Restore] link.
4. Go to the "Choose Your Restore Point" section below to continue.



Windows 7 and Vista

1. Click Start and type "restore" into the Search box.
2. Select "System Restore" from the top of the search results list.
3. Go to the "Choose Your Restore Point" section below to continue.



Windows XP

1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools.
2. Click on System Restore.
3. Go to the "Choose Your Restore Point" section below to continue.



Via the command prompt

1. Reboot your computer.
2. Load the Advanced Startup menu by pressing the [F8] key as your computer boots up.
3. Select [Safe Mode with Command Prompt] from the list of options. You will be taken to a DOS.style command prompt.
4. In Windows 7 and Vista, type "rstrui.exe" and press [Enter]. In Windows XP, type "%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe" and press [Enter].
5. Go to the "Choose Your Restore Point" section below to continue.



Via the Advanced Startup menu

1. Reboot your computer.
2. Load the Advanced Startup menu by pressing the [F8] key as your computer boots up or boot up your computer from your installation disk.
3. Select [Repair your computer].
4. Select [System Restore].
5. Go to the "Choose Your Restore Point" section below to continue.



Choose Your Restore Point

1. Windows will automatically select the most recent restore point in which something was installed or changed. The change will be displayed underneath the date the point was created. If you want to select a different point, click the bottom option and click [Next].

2. You will be provided a list of available points with a short description of what occurred to create the restore point. The number of points available will depend on your restore point creation settings. For more details about what will be affected by the restore, select a point from the list and click the [Scan for affected programs] button. This will open a window which will display all of the currently installed programs and drivers that will be deleted and currently uninstalled programs and drivers that will be restored by this restore point.

3. Check the (Show more restore points) box to display points that Windows thinks are less useful. The interface for Windows XP is different than Vista and up. You will need to manually choose which restore point to use from a calendar interface. Each point will have a short description as to why it was created.

4. Confirm that you want to restore. When you select your point, you will be given one more chance to ensure that you want to proceed. Review the point you selected and click the [Finish] button and then [Yes] to start the restore.

5. Wait for the restore to complete. Your system will reboot and the restore process will begin. The restore process may take a while to complete. Once the restore is finished, Windows will load and you will be shown a message confirming that the restore was successful.

6. Test the restore. Once the restore is complete, you can go back to using Windows as you normally would. Check to see if the problems you were encountering are still happening. If you want to use restored programs, you may need to reinstall them.



Virus and Malware Removal Methods and Procedures

Disable startup programs to prevent the virus and malware from launching automatically each time Windows is booted.

1. Click the Start button and type "Msconfig" into the search field.
2. Press "Enter" to launch the System Configuration applet.
3. Click the "Startup" tab.
4. Uncheck the virus and malware application.
5. Click "OK" and restart your computer to apply the new settings.



Remove the virus and malware via Add/Remove Programs

1. Click the Start button, then click "Control Panel."
2. Click the "Uninstall a Program" link located under the Programs field.
3. Select the program you wish to remove, then click "Uninstall" from the options displayed toward the top portion of the applet.
4. Follow all necessary instructions to delete the application.



Remove malware infections and viruses from your computer system.

1. Download and install AVG Antivirus Free, Malwarebytes, and/or ComboFix, with all default settings and options intact.
2. Close all open programs and launch the anti-malware utility.
3. Perform an update using its respective option, typically available from the main user interface.
4. Click the main Scan button available from the user interface.
5. Allow the procedure to complete which may take several hours depending on the amount of files available on your computer.
6. Repeat procedure with other anti-malware utilities as an added precaution.



Run a Check Disk to repair corrupted files on your primary disk.

1. Click the Start button and type "Window Explorer" into the search field available.
2. Right click on the drive [Local Disk (C:)] that you wish to run check disk and click "Properties".
3. Click "Tools", then click [Check now] to start the procedure.
4. Under Check disk option, place a check mark in all boxes.
5. Click [Start]. At the prompt, click [Yes] and [OK].
6. Reboot the computer when you’re ready. This process can take several hours to complete, depending on the size of the drive.



Delete temporary files from system to prevent program conflicts and free up disk space.

1. Click on Start (For Windows 8, hit shortcut Windows key + R)
2. Type %temp% in the search box, and then hit the Enter key.
3. Click on one of the files in the folder that just opened, and press Ctrl + A to select all of the files in this folder.
4. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
5. When prompted if you are sure, choose Yes.
6. Click OK, if you receive an Error Deleting File or Folder message during this process. It means that one of the files is in use.
7. Close all open programs, and repeat the steps above. If this continues, try restarting your PC and repeating the process again.
8. When you've finished emptying your Temp folders, be sure to empty your Recycle Bin: Locate the Recycle Bin icon on your Desktop. Right-click on the Recycle Bin and choose Empty Recycle Bin.



If the method above is unsuccessful, a system restore or system recovery is necessary to remove the infection from your system.



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