How to Delete the Virus on C System Volume Information Restore

Deleting a virus housed in the System Volume Information folder on your computer's C drive requires turning off the system restore utility. System restore is a Windows application that may be used to reset your computer's system files. When system restore is turn on, Windows periodically takes snapshots of its system files. These snapshots, called restore points, can be used to restore your computer to the state it was in when a selected snapshot was taken. Windows saves restore points in a hidden folder called the System Volume Information folder. Turning system restore off deletes the contents of this folder.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP
  • OR
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7

Instructions

  1. Windows XP

    • 1

      Log onto your computer using an administrator account.

    • 2

      Turn off system restore. Turning off system restore will delete the restore points saved in your computer. Right-click "My Computer." (If the "My Computer" icon is not on your desktop and you're using the default Start menu, click "Start" first, then right-click "My Computer). Select "Properties," go to the "System Restore" tab, put a check mark in the box next to "Turn off System Restore," click "OK" and "Yes" to confirm.

    • 3

      Turn system restore back on. Right-click "My Computer," select "Properties," go to the "System Restore" tab, remove the check mark from the box next to "Turn off System Restore," click "OK" and "Yes" to confirm.

    Windows Vista

    • 4

      Log onto your computer using an administrator account.

    • 5

      Turn off system restore. Turning off system restore will delete the restore points saved in your computer. Click "Start," right-click "Computer," select "Properties, click "System Protection" in the left-side window panel, remove the check mark next to " (C:)" drive and click "OK."

    • 6

      Turn system restore back on. Click "Start," right-click "Computer," select "Properties, click "System Protection" in the left-side window panel, put a check mark next to " (C:)" drive and click "OK."

    Windows 7

    • 7

      Log onto your computer using an administrator account.

    • 8

      Turn off system restore. Turning off system restore will delete the restore points saved in your computer. Click "Start," right-click "Computer," select "Properties, click "System Protection" in the left-side window panel, select drive "(C:)", click the button labeled "Configure," click "Turn off system protection," click "OK" then "Yes" to confirm.

    • 9

      Turn system restore back on. Click "Start," right-click "Computer," select "Properties, click "System Protection" in the left-side window panel, select drive "(C:)", click the button labeled "Configure," click "Restore system settings and previous versions of files," click "OK" then "Yes" to confirm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not neglect to turn the system restore utility back on. If you fail to do this, you will not have the ability to reset you computer in the event of system failure or some other need.
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