Should you create a drive image for your computer?
Soon enough you're going to run into a computer problem. Before the dawn of the Internet Crash Dump Tapes, Backup Systems, Rebooting Processes were the first things you learned about computers.
In 1982 you needed to know how to flip the red switches to setup the mainframe for a crash dump report onto a magnetic tape backup system.
The process was what I call a "Hit and Miss" in that sometimes depending on why the system crashed you could actually get the crash dump to output to tape for the engineers.
That was in the early 80's.
Now 20 years later we are still finding our Crash Dump Logs on our work computers and even our home computers.
The question is how are you handling your system crashes?
Are you. (Select one of the following options.)
1. Rebooting and keeping your figures crossed things will work better this time?
2. Writing down the error codes and posting them at XtremeComputer.Com?
3. Turning off your computer and letting the neighbors kid fix it later?
Actually most people select option 1.
It was what Technical Support would tell you when Windows 98 was first released. It actually was Dell's first line of support.
Reboot and call us back if the problem still present.
With this friendly reminder I'd like to introduce the Xtreme Computer Backup and Recovery Action Plan.
This isn't a "Pay Per Problem" type of recovery plan and doesn't have anything to do with profiting from your computer errors and viruses like so many do.
What we have found over the last few months is more people are getting malware viruses installed from typically advertisements run on very popular social networking sites.
You have a choice to protect yourself.
1. Not use the Internet.
2. Not visit popular social networking sites.
3. Turn off all browser scripting and active x controls.
4. Block all advertisements with third party firewalls and ad blockers.
5. Buy a second computer that you use only to surf the internet.
6. Backup your computer in real time for recovery once a virus or malware has been detected.
The extreme process is to follow numbers 3, 4 and 5 which I personal do when I'm looking for malware advertisements to report on.
But when you shut down your browsers scripting and active x controls you will find that sites like YouTube and Facebook are really boring because the depend on scripts to run all their features.
The truth is you will one day find malware advertisements.
I have found 2 malware advertisements via doubleclick marketing on 2 different social networking sites that are very popular.
I've also read that thousands of people are experiencing the same issues when they visit sites. Malware Redirect Downloads and Pop unders are getting to be a major problem and the technicians that repair systems are finding it is taking more of their time then it should.
Typically these malware software installations are fake Antivirus advertisements or fake Malware Spyware removal tools.
The fact is marketing companies don't screen products they just advertise them.
Think of the Internet as a Giant "Info Commercial" and you get what you pay for or in the Malware Redirect case what you don't pay for.
This is a new breed of marketing.
It is closing in on what we call ExtortionWare or RansomWare.
This is the act of infecting your computer then offering to clean it up for a fee.
Ransomware is more dangerous because it will encrypt all your data files and documents.
So what do you do as a computer user?
Follow the XtremeComputer Guide to System Recovery using popular Drive Imaging Software.
You'll need to invest in a external hard drive but that shouldn't be an issue after you read the following.
Service Quote from one of our Local Geeky Competitors.
Virus and Malware Removal Service.
1. Backup My Documents folder = $145.00
2. Remove MalWare / SpyWare / Virus = $130.00
3. Recovery Document Files = $45.00
Total Price $320.00
That is the price from a major franchise just down the street from us.
Now if you ask a typical tech it should be no more than $49.00 for the removal because viruses today are more than any Malware or Spyware removal tool can handle.
Now, let's look at the costs to setup your computer to be it's own technical recovery expert.
1. Drive Imaging Software = $49.00
2. 1TB Hard Drive = $85.00
3. External Hard Drive Enclosure = $59.00
Total Recovery Hardware and Software = $193.00
It might sound like allot of money but this is the equipment you will need to recovery your computer system.
Actually this setup can be used to recovery several computer systems you have.
I'll be using my backup system for the example here.
Using the equipment listed and connecting a SATA or USB external drive to a computer with the drive shared and mapped.
My laptop, and desktops are imaged daily to this single external drive.
The key is to have less data than the drive you are storing data on.
In my case I have 2 100gb and 1 80gb drive backing up to a 1TB drive.
I've tested the recovery process and the drive image recovery process was perfect.
Now the only problem I can see is you not running a backup daily or weekly or not setting up the imaging software to create backups.
This is the lead in to help you get your home and work computers imaged so you can recover from malware and spyware without much difficulty.
I'll post a link to the discussion in a few days.
This will end your $320.00 repair bills from those Geeks in the VW's if done properly