For the people who have not yet shifted to the new installment of the Windows operating systems known as Vista, a lot of people are probably aware of the System Restore feature that Windows XP has. While such a feature is indeed helpful, especially once systems start going haywire, it also has its side effects especially when viruses and Trojans start infecting a PC or workstation.
For one, cleaning up is done only on the machine at its current state. But with system restore, it backs up files unknowingly and in the process, the viruses and infections as well. The best thing to do during infected states is to temporarily turn it off, clean and disinfect the computer first and then turn it on again.
This is to ensure that the files, including the files backed up are properly cleaned in the process. The new data backup will also overwrite the old ones so that a clean and well-oiled system is being used.
[tags]system restore, windows xp, windows vista[/tags]