Another Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jordanf1end, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. jordanf1end macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2010
    suppose my mac gets a virus and i have a total system failure. luckily i would have backed up all my files to my external hard drive using hard drive and when i fresh install my mac i would restore using time machine. my question is is it possible that when i restore from time machine that the virus could reappear if time machine backed it up as well?
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    I think if OS X got a virus, we'd have bigger things to worry about.

    You're fine.
  3. jordanf1end thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2010

    What do you mean? Is it highly unlikely I'd get a virus?
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    "highly unlikely" = impossible, as there aren't any. Perhaps in the future, but then who knows.
  5. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Tumbleweed is right but, to answer your question, you can choose what date to restore from. Time Machine keeps backups daily so when you restore you get to choose when to restore from. Assuming you know the date where the issues started, you can just restore from before that date.

    Again, don't worry about getting viruses though. Even if they did exist, they'd be easy to ignore.

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