CNET TAKE IT DOWN*******CONDUIT VIRUS****** BACKUPS
by johnkeawhite - 11/25/13 9:53 AM
In Reply to: So... by Dafydd
just copied a reply of another comment to you. I did thank goodness 2 backups, one a file but most important a system backup. The system backup was the only one of significance. I must confess my very limited knowledge about backups even though I had purchased todo 6.1 before my problems and used them for my backups. I am defiantly learning and 20+ years using computers never needed backups and you would think with tech things are much better in this day and age. My beef why do I need to be afraid of CNET. It has been for me my go to site what a let down what a way to learn backups 101,202,303 and not sure can you explain in simple terms what a disk partition backup is ? I am a simple guy not too handy and maybe you do or don't know but todous is a Taiwan company not good in step 1, 2, and 3 . This is why you do a partition backup or maybe instructions for dummies like me is forget partition backup just confuse you . Backup files daily, then backup system weekly any thoughts on good habits ?????
I downloaded through CNET on Download.com. I have gotten so use in the past to never worrying about "ADD ON" crap or bloatware from CNET that I just blindly clicked through the install. Never again I learned that lesson once and for ever. I understand everyone needs to make a buck but there is such a thing as social responsibility especially when you are positioning yourself as one of the leading independent authority on computers , programs and technology.
Again I pity the guy who doesn't have a clue on what to do and those that have a slight idea and pay for a security suite to fight viruses and malware from invading and wonder at what just happened as they attempt to uninstall Conduit. I think you will agree with me that Conduit is designed to "NEVER" be allowed to be uninstalled from any machine it makes it way into.
As for backing up yes I do , probably ( definitely ) not as much as I should and thank goodness I did a full system backup a few weeks prior to my invasion by Conduit. How often do you recommend full system backups? I don't think that is the norm most just do a file backup on a regular basis which in my case I think would not have helped at all. I have read where an issue on a program arose and a subscribes to Carbonite was using their service and simple file backups did not contain the information to rebuild his database.
Just a quick update, after my posting I was able to reset my machine to working order with the system backup file I had done a few weeks earlier. It was not an option when I was a attempting to rid myself of Conduit at the time as I had many recent files etc. that I didn't want to lose and simply wanted to rid myself of this scourge.
When I finally realized how bad my system had become and again MY limited experience with rebuilding my computer and what different kinds of backups can do what I thought after my posting , " what the hell ,can't get any worse " and did a system restore, HOOORAY a working machine again that still needs a little fixing and I intend once I think I have as much as possible uncorrupted files copied reset my machine which is about 3 weeks away from the one year warranty period back to factory settings and just slowly reinstall programs and files, hoping that the few issues mostly as best I can tell having to do with IE11 and not sure what else is lurking below resolved. If you have any ideas, suggestions it is most welcomed.
So far the moral of this story is
1. Don't trust CNET
2. Learn more about Backups and practice " SAFE BACKUP " procedure's.. However in 20 + years never needed one.
3. Ask for help sooner. I am kind of like that guy who will keep driving around and will eventually find where I want to go. Seldom stop at the gas stations for directions. KIND OF STUPID!
4. The people at Conduit are everything that is bad about the industry and it serves no greater purpose. They should be shunned by reputable Companies, organizations and people.
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