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    check for malware prior to system image

    I am not sure if this is the appropriate forum to post in. Please let me know if it isn't.

    Prior to making a system image I would like to make sure my computer is free of malware. I have not noticed any specific performance issues. I am relatively confident the system is clean. I use Avast free AV, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. I also scan periodically with the ESET online scanner and the Zemana scanner. Once in awhile one of these scans will pick up an isolated PUP or PUA.


    I would appreciate help with a systematic approach to check for malware and removal of any that is found.

    The computer is a HP desktop with 64 bit Windows 7 SP1. I use Firefox for my browser.

    Thanks in advance.

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    In that case, I'd say run scans with your antivirus and anti-malware programs (which you've described) and then image the system.
    Besides, any successful disk image is better than no image at all.
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    I always do a chkdsk /f or sfc /scannow as well before creating a system image.

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    TJS,

    Personally, I'd recommend imaging BEFORE cleaning (virus scan/removal) so you have a fallback in case the removal process causes problems. Once the machine is clean, if cleaning was necessary, and verified operational you can always reimage the clean system.

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    +1 for RG
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    Thanks for the replies. I made one before and did not need to do another.

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