Conficker is just the latest in a string of worms and viruses that can attack your computer system. If you think you are safe with your antivirus and backup software, think again. Given the constant onslaught of new viruses and strains of worms, no antivirus software or backup software can guarantee 100 percent protection. Malware affects not only your files, but also your PC and peripheral settings. It could be hours, days or even weeks before you are back online again. And some of your most prized data – photos, videos, music – could be lost forever.

Too many people have learned this lesson the hard way. Don’t be a “shoulda, coulda, woulda.” Acronis, a global provider of affordable, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software, offers these tips to ensure your digital data remains accessible when you need it.

Steps to protect against virus and worms

  • Schedule regular backups – For some people, “regular” means daily. For others, it is once a week. Determine a schedule and then stick to it.
  • Create a bootable CD/DVD/external storage for emergencies and store your disk images off of your system – You will need these to reboot in the event of a drive failure.
  • Restore your system or data as needed, prior to the time when you became infected.

Should you discover your PC is already infected, here are some recommendations for quick and immediate relief.

  • Run reliable anti-virus software – Run your antivirus software regularly. Don’t let it expire.
  • Look for the appropriate patches – check online for updates and patches that address the problem.
  • Delete infected files – Do so as soon as you discover them.

Following these steps is no guarantee that you can eradicate a virus. Many of today’s virus and malware applications have chameleon-like ability, re-naming themselves as valuable system files where they hide from your antivirus software and delete files, leading to both applications that don’t work anymore and an unstable operating system.

Wipe your system clean

The most effective way of cleansing your system from a malware infestation is to have a clean backup image of your system and restore it to point prior to your infection. For example, Acronis True Image Home 2009 protects your PC after just one click and allows you to recover from viruses, unstable software downloads and failed hard drives. Backing up your entire system—including your files, OS, applications, and settings—and restoring it has never been easier.

The vast majority of systems fail at one point or another. Don’t be a statistic.

About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

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