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griffin2003



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:15 am    Post subject: PC Pirates Reply with quote

FYI I just had the experience where a page pops up saying "Your computer has been taken over" more or less and you can't do anything or your files will be taken over and you're directed to go where the page directs. I turned off the laptop then tried to boot up and go back on line but was hi-jacked again. I turned it off again then booted back up w/o going on-line then ran windows defender complete scan and it found the baddie and fixed it. Seems okay now. Cool
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megamarkd
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like ransomware; a script is injected somehow into your PC that encrypts various files that the criminals perceive as personal files you would pay to have unlocked, eg pictures and videos. It's an old attack these days and I'm not surprised Defender cleared up the issue, but it's still an annoying experience.
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Joe Gerardi
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Restore from your backup using the one from 2 days before this happened, and you should be fine.

..Joe
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe Gerardi wrote:
Restore from your backup using the one from 2 days before this happened, and you should be fine.

..Joe


Not always, some of the variations delete shadow copies, restore points and other MS ways of backing up data. Thus the rule of 3's....
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Timo
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you use any dedicated security software, like anti-virus, anti-malware/spyware or the like?

I use Avast and Malwarebytes, both are free. Avast has saved my arse a number of times now over the last decade, unlike AVG. I occasionally use Spybot, but it feels deprecated thesedays.

What Windows OS are you using? Is it fully updated?

If I had such a high level threat like a ransomware attack I'd, personally, be very tempted to backup all data and reinstall the OS from a former image (if you have one), or reset/install the OS from scratch. A drastic action, perhaps, but at least I would know the computer would be entirely free of the threat.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also highly recommend you have your data backed up off site via a service like Carbonite or similar. Whilst the current alert affects secure data centres as much as your home computer, the odds of you being struck in both places are hopefully still low. And of course backup locally as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derek Cook wrote:
Also highly recommend you have your data backed up off site via a service like Carbonite or similar. Whilst the current alert affects secure data centres as much as your home computer, the odds of you being struck in both places are hopefully still low. And of course backup locally as well.


Quoting for effect. Rule of 3's to a tee. Online offline offsite.
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