Would doing System restore but not removing data files remove a Win32 virus?

Long story short, I have a Win32 virus on WinXP SP2, and disabled task manager, command prompt, and even AVG Antivirus Free Edition. So I’m going to do a system restore, but it has two options. Normal System Restore and the “Destructive Method”. Normal system restore I guess removes all programs and files and returns to factory default, however the Destructive method apparently removes all data files created as well.

So, question: Would a Win32 virus create any data files, and if so, does that mean I should do the destructive method, or will a normal system restore remove it? I’m worried because I’m not sure if there are actually any data files worth keeping, mostly because I’m not sure what a data file is.

Also, bonus question, you don’t have to answer, but: I’m dual booting XP and Ubuntu 9.10 and I have the live cd. So I know system restore will remove the Grub menu and replace the MBR, but I wanna know if it will also delete the linux partition. or will recovery simply recover the windows partition, leave the Ubuntu one intact, and all I’d have to do is insert the Live CD and restore the grub menu to access it?
D: Thanks so much, first answerer, but also, AVG says asyncmac.sys is infected, but it can’t remove the virus because asyncmac is white-listed. Will this be an issue with the antiviruses you recommended?

One Response to Would doing System restore but not removing data files remove a Win32 virus?

  1. JR_the_postman

    Boot your system into safe mode with networking.

    Download malwarebytes, and SpyBot Search and Destroy…

    Install malwarebytes and update the software and do a full scan… and remove all it finds, reboot and back into safe mode with networking and install Spybot Search and Destroy, update it and then scan your system, that should let you back into windows with access to task manager…

    Then again, you may have one or more versions of Win32 that corrupt major exe files needed and that requires a destructive clean install…

    Ubuntu should be there intact, after a Microsoft format… and tis easy to replace the grub with the Live CD after you get your hosed Microsoft system reinstalled up and working…

    Have you tried Avira AntiVir Rescue System, or Dr Web LiveCD. if not i would give them a try before using the restore option… Bleepingcomputer.com has an amazing amount of information, you may want to register and post to see if they can sort out a solution for you…



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