Checking System for Viruses, Malware and Spyware

A Word Of Caution Before We Get Started:
Checking Your System For Viruses, Malware and Spyware

No, I am not trying to sell you another Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, or Anti-Spyware Product.
I just wanted to mention briefly, the importance of checking your system prior to setting
 up your clone.

 When you clone your hard drive you will be getting an EXACT duplicate of your original hard drive, with its files, folders, applications and Operating System, therefore if there are any Viruses, Malware, or Spyware on that drive, it/they WILL get transferred to your clone as well.

 This is just a word of caution for you to inspect your system with whatever Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, or Anti-Spyware product you already are using. 

If you have a freshly installed system you needn’t worry because it is a new system. If your system isn’t new just run an Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, or Anti-Spyware CHECK prior to cloning and you should be good to go. My purpose and intent.

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2 Responses to Checking System for Viruses, Malware and Spyware

  1. Pingback: Cloning A Hard Drive Defined | You Can Fix It Before It Happens

  2. admin says:

    Valy,

    If you clone your hard drive using Acronis True Image Home 2010, (free edition) all applications should work after the clone has successfully completed. Be sure to test following the cloning proces before having to replace your original drive with
    the new clone.

    On occasion I have had to re-install an application or two but for the most part cloning my drive has worked flawlessly and saved me days of having to re-install the os and applications.

    I have never used a USB stick to do this so I have no comparison here. From my experience, once my hard drive has been cloned, I am up and running immediately following replacing the bad drive that had any kind of malfunction.

    If you clone your drive to another hard drive, it is easier if it is as close to the same size hard drive as your original you are cloning from. If it is a little larger than the original drive that will work also, depending on the brand of the drive.

    I have found in order to obtain the best results I choose a hard drive size that is the same size as my original. Let me know if you have any further questions.

    Thanks,
    Michael

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