When people think their machine is infected, I typically say, “Backup that machine.” Yes, you are backing up a possible infection, but that’s actually okay. by Leo A. Notenboom https://askleo.com/7440 #askleo #virus Related Posts Should I back up if my machine is infected? - If you believe you've been hacked, you will want to protect and preserve your data right away. First, make sure exactly what has been hacked. How to Back Up a Machine that Won’t Boot - The rescue or emergency disk provided by many backup programs is more useful than most people realize. Should I Disconnect My Backup Drive When I’m Not Backing Up? - Because of the threat of ransomware, many people disconnect their backup drive when not backing up. I think that's a bad idea. My Computer Is Infected with Malware. Should I Just Throw It Out? - Malware is just software. It doesn't destroy your computer's hardware in any way. Some work -- albeit significant work -- will get you back up and running without needing to destroy anything.