Dad’s First Virus on His New Computer

Yesterday, January 11, 2013 was a day I was dreading but expected. While I was at work, I received a call from my Dad. He never calls me at work so I quickly answered the phone. I learned that my Dad downloaded a virus on his computer. I did not ask how he downloaded the virus on his computer or what is the name of the virus. My brain when instantly into PC Eddie mode (i.e. computer tech mode) and asked him to locate the Acronis True Image 2013 boot CD I created for him. Just to go back in time a few months earlier, when I setup his Gateway computer. I also installed a second hard drive (1TB Western Digital Green hard drive) to store his backups. I purchased and setup Acronis True Image 2013 on his Gateway computer. I created a weekly backup schedule, which was saved to the second hard drive. My dad was able to locate the Acronis boot disk, boot the computer from the CD, and restore his computer from his last backup that was completed 4 days earlier. This scenario could have made me the hero or the zero but just as Acronis has advertised on their web site, this product works. I am glad to say that my Dad’s computer is up and running with no issues. I wanted to post this article as a testament to backing up your computer as you never know when a virus, hard drive failure, or any number of computer catastrophes may plague your computer.

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