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    Acronis True Image

    It works. While doing some searching the internet the other night I suddenly hit the wrong site. My anti virus program popped up numerous times. My desktop suddenly showed a new picture. A black screen with an ad for a spyware remover. My home page was hijacked. All in a few seconds. My AV program suggested I run the scan and I did. It found and removed 3 or 4 viruses. When I rebooted I had a non running laptop. Windows would not load. Dead. No chance for a system restore. So I got out the boot CD from my Acronis 8.0. Soon I was restoring my hard drive from another drive on the network. Another reboot and everything was back to normal except for my recent data files which I restored by copying them from my daily file back ups from another computer on the network. In less than a half hour I was back to where I was before the disaster struck. I am very impressed and very pleased. I discovered Acronis True Image through the lounge. I asked a bunch of questions about it, bought it, and ran it. Thanks everyone.

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    Re: Acronis True Image

    Excellent that you could recover so quickly, and so completely! Were you using Internet Explorer, or another browser?

    I would be interested to know if you had previously installed any of:<UL><LI>SpywareBlaster<LI>SpywareGuard<LI>the TeaTimer component of Spybot<LI>the RealTime Protection Agents of Microsoft Spyware Beta<LI>the equivalent for Spyware Doctor, or whatever other anti-malware program[/list]These are supposed to protect against such a drastic infestation.

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    Re: Acronis True Image

    Like John, I would be most interested to know what firewall, AV, anti spyware/malware and other protection software you are running.

    Did you happen to have saved that web address so none of the rest of us will inadvertently "visit" that den of disease ??? <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Acronis True Image

    I have SpywareBlaster and F-Prot AV. Both had been updated less than an hour before the attack. No other protection. I didn't even get a chance to see what page I was directed to. It was not the page I expected. I was doing a search and clicked on a likely site in google. But where I went had nothing to do with the site name listed in google. I saw the F-Prot box open first and warn me of a virus. Then another F-Prot box listing a different virus. I closed IE. That is when I found my new desktop with the black page and ad for a spyware fixer program. I don't know which one, but nothing I have seen before or mentioned in the forums. I closed the F-Prot boxes and reopened IE6. I had cool web search as a home page. I closed IE again and ran F-Prot scan. It listed 3 or 4 viruses which I didn't have the sense to write down. It deleated some and gave me a message on others saying they could not be cleaned without being able to identify the virus. After the scan I tried to reboot. I saw the bios screen and then got a flash of a message at the top of the screen over and over. The XP splash screen never started. I tried safe mode and got the same result. Things happened so fast I was unprepared to take note of excactly what happened. I should have.

    I hide behind a router on my home network. I have had big problems trying to run firewalls so I gave up on them. I had to reformat 2 computers to get rid of XP service release 2 in order for my internet to work, so I also gave up on that idea too. Going through all that is when I decided I needed a program that would restore my drives after a nice clean install of plain old XP SR1. And it worked great.

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    Re: Acronis True Image

    Do you think the problem might have been something to do with this?
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    Re: Acronis True Image

    Spyware Blaster alone isn't enough. At the very least, you need a couple of anti-spyware programs, at least one of which should have an active component like SpyBot S&D's TeaTimer. You also need a firewall (even if it's only the Windows XP firewall, you need one). I run XP Pro SP2 and have no problem getting to the internet running ZoneAlarm Pro, F-Prot, SpyBot, PestPatrol, Ad-Aware, WinPatrol and TrojanHunter. I might even have forgotten one or two. If you're running SP1, you have left yourself open to a lot of security issues.
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    Re: Acronis True Image

    Yes it may have been. See my next post.

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    Re: Acronis True Image

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> So how many programs do we want running in the background degrading the performance of our computers? I agree Spyware Blaster and my F-Prot were not enough and should probably just be uninstalled. Also, as fast as Microsoft releases hundreds of security fixes, bad guys figure out how to get around them. So what is the point of installing them? Some of them work and some of them leave you with a boat anchor for a computer. I am very happy that you have had no problem with your Firewall and your SP2. The majority of users seem not to have problems with them. But that is no consolation to those of us who have had very serious problems with both. I can honestly say I have had no problems with XP SP1 with NO upgrades at all on 2 of my computers, and 98 SE, also with NO upgrades, on three others. I have been computing and online now for many years. This is the first attack I have suffered due to my lack of running a score of background programs. I was able to restore my computer in about a half hour. I cannot even guess at how many hours I have wasted, in trying to get firewalls to work, installing Windows upgrades that crashed my systems and required reformats and reinstalls, buying and installing and configuring all those anti this and anti that programs, and in the resulting slow performance due to all those programs running in the back ground to protect me from something that happened once in 12 or so years. Hmmmmmm. I wonder who is better off? With all due respect to your your way of handling the threats, I think I will stick with my method. In fact, I think I will uninstall my F-Prot and Spyware Blaster, which did nothing for me anyway. That is the first time I have ever seen F-Prot pop up. And it didn't work. So the threat must not be so great. I am beguinning to think all this is hype that feeds on itself. Please comment on my idea to simply do daily backups of data, and in the rare event something bad happens, simply restore the partition with True Image, and get on with life. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Acronis True Image

    <hr>With all due respect to your your way of handling the threats, I think I will stick with my method.<hr>
    I don't think YOUR method worked flawlessly in this case, did it? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> .
    <hr>So the threat must not be so great.<hr>
    If I acquired some sort of virus or malware that prevented my computer from booting, I might be inclined to think that the threat IS "so great". BTW, most of the programs that were suggested do NOT run in the background (they won't degrade the performance of your computers). However, if you feel that restoring from an image after an attack is a more productive method than preventing the attack in the first place, then that is certainly your choice. At least you are running True Image (parts of which do run in the background BTW).
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    Re: Acronis True Image

    If you remove your antivirus and anti-spyware programs and refuse to use a firewall, then all I can say is good luck and <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>. Connecting to the internet without those basic protections is pretty much a guaranteed opportunity to become a zombie or to be unable to boot at all. Images are very useful, and I use TrueImage myself. However, they don't do much good if all you do is back up the viruses and spyware, which is exactly what happens if you don't have any protection. It is your choice, but remember that if your computer is used in a denial of service attack, you can be held personally liable. It is your choice and your risk to take. No one can force you to be careful, we can only urge you to do so for your own sake.
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    Re: Acronis True Image

    If you do this then the biggest threat you will face is that something could infect your computer without you knowing. It could then send out emails that appear to come from you, use your computer as part of a Distributed Denial of Service attack and cause general mayhem. You may never discover that this has happened, or you may find out about it months later when every single backup is equally compromised.

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    Re: Acronis True Image

    The creators of the Honeynet software, a trap for hackers, found that computer connected directly to the Internet would usually be compromised within a few hours. Presumably you are using a router or other hardware device that protects you from that..., or you soon will. I think it is very possible to avoid most problems even without a software firewall and antivirus and antispyware -- if you are very careful about your data exchange habits. But I can't personally recommend it!

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    Re: Acronis True Image

    Viruses and other malware don't just have the capability of wrecking computers, but of reading the data stored on them. Whilst you may be able to restore your computer, you are leaving any data you store on it open to abuse. The results could range from your email contacts being spammed into oblivion to the hacker taking a shopping spree with your credit card details.

    There's plenty of free, easy to use antivirus and firewall software out there. In my book the inconvenience of having them running in the background and downloading the occasional update is better than running the risks of leaving my data open to the world. Just my [tuppence] worth...
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    Well, good luck to you <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

    There is an old saying that goes: "You takes your chances and you rolls the dice".

    Maybe only your system will be damaged and not a host of others along with it, ( as other posters have pointed out )
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    Re: Acronis True Image

    <hr>...Maybe only your system will be damaged and not a host of others along with it... <hr>
    Good point Bob! Re: my <post:=538,377>post 538,377</post:> this morning! The guy is a neighborhood acquaintence of mine and I'm getting <big>WORM</big> emails because HIS machine is corrupt and I "happen" to be in HIS address book! Protect yourself and the rest of the "world."

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