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CelestialTeardrop

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I recently ran system restore to remove traces of a program that did not uninstall properly (it had been installed for about 10 minutes and the restore point was set about 11 hours prior to the installation). I had not altered the system in any way between the time of the restore point and the system restoration, but Norton Antivirus and ewido both ran instant updates. Will this cause a problem in the programs or in the system in general? I checked for updates again after restoration and downloaded them.

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It shouldn't cause any other problems if it's just those updates that you had in the past 11 hours. Everything else should remain the same. It does not delete any data files (just to let you know :tazz:).
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Ah, ok, great. I read read earlier that all data files and anything in the My Documents folder would not be affected, but I wasn't sure if I remembered correctly that programs could be damaged if components were installed that affected them and were then removed through system restore.

Also, when I checked for the Norton and ewido updates, only one update was available for Norton, and Symantec said that everything else in Norton was up to date. Does this mean that some of the updates were not erased by the restoration? If so, is there a specific type of update material that is not affected by system restore?
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Yes, that's correct. If you installed a program during those 11 hours (after you created the restore point already), they will malfunction. To fix it, just reinstall them.

Regarding Norton, did you have more than on update before? I would think it's ok since everything is working properly.

You have Norton and Ewido? I highly recommend that you only use ONE antivirus program. I say that because having more than one might cause conflicts.
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Regarding Norton, did you have more than on update before?


Yes, I got a notification from Norton asking whether I wanted to run LiveUpdate, I selected OK, and there were three updates. After the restoration, I ran LiveUpdate again, and there was only one update available.

You have Norton and Ewido?  I highly recommend that you only use ONE antivirus program.  I say that because having more than one might cause conflicts.

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I was advised on this site to download ewido in addition to Norton, of which I was wary for the reason you mentioned (having two conflicting anti-virus programs). However, visiting this link: ewido compatibility showed that ewido is a supplement to most anti-virus programs.
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I'm just re-thinking about this. The updates might not be affected by the system restore since I would think it's stored on a local file on your computer. I think that extra one update is actually new. The other 3 are probably there already - untouched.

Didn't know that Ewido is compatible with so many other a/v programs. Thanks for that link :tazz:
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I'm just re-thinking about this.  The updates might not be affected by the system restore since I would think it's stored on a local file on your computer.  I think that extra one update is actually new.  The other 3 are probably there already - untouched.


I'm hoping that's the case, and that the updates are not damaged and just sending the update center a signal that they are there though they might not be working properly.

Thanks for that link :tazz:

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Sure ;)
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I'm hoping that's the case, and that the updates are not damaged and just sending the update center a signal that they are there though they might not be working properly.
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For starters... you dont run system restore to eliminate traces of programs that you have uninstalled you use disk cleanup for this. :tazz: System restore is used when an error in the system has occured, you then use system restore to go back to a safe point when your PC was fuctioning properly. ;) Another thing that you do with system restore is turn it off when you get any viruses so that when you get rid of the virus...system resore will not be responsible for bringing it back. :)
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For starters... you dont run system restore to eliminate traces of programs that you have uninstalled you use disk cleanup for this. :tazz:


Yeah, I realized that after I had already done the restore and ran more updates and things so that I didn't want to undo the restore either. Besides disk cleanup, there's also KillBox for the removal of files that cannot be deleted manually or otherwise uninstalled.
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