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How can I protect my System Restore from being hacked?

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When I have been hacked remotely and someone accesses my computer.  How can I prevent my system restore files from being deleted?
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I'm sorry, but this is a very broad statement.  I think you need to focus on not getting hacked.  If you assume that you are going to get hacked, you also have to assume that nothing is safe from being tampered with.  

Focus on Virus Protection, Firewall, and Malware.  In most cases you can stop attacks by having a good firewall that limits outgoing traffic in addition to incoming traffic.  And Virus Protection with Malware protection should kill anything that might be trying to give a would-be hacker access from within, which is how most of attacks occur anyway.
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Well, really, what I want to know is if there is a tool regardless if I get hacked or not which will lock down anyone accessing my system restore and removing restore points.

A group policy or security configuration?

Or, on reboot that the OS will restore to its original configuration.
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There are tools out there that sort of "freeze" your drive so that you can revert back to it.  These are mainly for kiosks and libraries, though.  They are unwieldy for regular desktop use.  And besides, how would you know that there wasn't already a virus in the restore point?  And there is always a chance that the attacker can overcome security and damage the restore point, also.  

I wish I could give you the answer you are looking for, I just don't think it is there.  

The only other thing I can offer is that whenever I do a fresh install I use ghost to copy the partition so that I can restore quickly and get back to work. Maybe that can help.
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