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Post  roddie on Thu May 19, 2016 2:07 pm

A buddy of mine told me today that his computer got infected with a virus that has encrypted his drives (internal and external..) and is holding all of his files for a $500.00 ransom. Be careful where you surf.. and make sure that your AV software is up to date.
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Post  RknRusty on Thu May 19, 2016 2:21 pm

roddie wrote:A buddy of mine told me today that his computer got infected with a virus that has encrypted his drives (internal and external..) and is holding all of his files for a $500.00 ransom. Be careful where you surf.. and make sure that your AV software is up to date.

And Back up your files. It's easy.
I have a 2TB Seagate clatter platter that stays unplugged except for the night of my weekly system image. I just make an image of all the partitions of my system and data drives. Then I unplug it the next morning. and leave it unplugged! If a drive fails, you can run an image restore and be back to your exact state at the time of your last backup. It's not encrypted, so if you accidentally lose a file, plug in the backup drive and copy the file you need. Easy peasy. It's a good idea to keep your data on a separate partition too.

Macrium Reflect is free, easy to use, and Win 10 compatible. It leaves Acronis True Image in the dust. That was my old Win 7 backup program, and it worked, but was a real kludge with a learning curve.
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Post  pkrankow on Thu May 19, 2016 2:21 pm

Get an image of the "ransom note" (use a camera) and look up all the information contained. Many of those have been broken and the key is available without paying the ransom. Some of those are "broken" and the files are already destroyed though...

It is worth a few minutes of searching from a good computer.

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Post  stuntflyr on Thu May 19, 2016 2:59 pm

Funny,
My hobbies are sports cars, airplanes, models, you know, that kind of stuff. You guys are computer hobbyists!
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Post  1/2A Nut on Thu May 19, 2016 3:22 pm

I was hit once a few yrs back. Same thing 500 bucks pay up sucker scam of course I didn't pay.

Yes there is a FBI site with data to unlock the Ransomware key logger code only those folks
that have been caught.


Lucky for me I had most of my files backed up on an external drive that remains disconnected.
The computer has two internal drives both drives where infected all media files photos and video
blocked from opening. You can now buy USB memory sticks up to 100 gig + so photos can be saved
easy enough. I have McAfee it couldn't stop it the file must have been hiding in a media file such as a pdf.
My guess that allowed second party access to auto download incognito the remaining components to launch the attack.
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Post  fredvon4 on Thu May 19, 2016 3:27 pm

Lets see

Helping my dad solder heath-kit radios/stereos/tvs in the 60s
Helping my dad build model airplanes in the 60s
Helping my dad fix cars in the 60s
Helping my dad fix lawn mowers in the 60s
Helping my dad do home plumbing and electrical repairs n the 60s

Built my first computer , a Timex Sinclair in the 70s, learned MicroSoft basic programming

now I am a:
Stereo Genius
Ham radio Genius
Hot rod engines and suspension Genius
Motorcycle (Harly) engien Guru
Lawn mower Savant
Owned a few houses now that have never had a electrician or plumber invited out (AC yes)
I used to build high end computers for co-workers but got tiered of being 2AM help desk
I still suck at model airplanes but they bring me the most grins


What was the question?

Oh yes I have severe CRS

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Post  RknRusty on Thu May 19, 2016 4:03 pm

stuntflyr wrote:Funny,
My hobbies are sports cars, airplanes, models, you know, that kind of stuff. You guys are computer hobbyists!
Chris...
Yeah, you have to be a sort of minor hobbyist if you want a lean clean fast and trouble-free computer. It depends on what you need it for too. I do lots of writing and business that I can't easily live without, so I tend to be anal about keeping a fit system.

I started learning computers by necessity in the early 80s at work in the office machines industry, but had been interested since electronics school, Devry in the 70s. Two of my best friends were computer scientists, which helped fuel my curiosity, and I studied assembly language on the IBM 360/370. Punch cards and reel to reel tape drives, hard drives that looked like giant hat boxes with platters inside.

I can't remember all the things I need to know if it goes blooey, but I keep a hardcopy notebook titled "Crash Recovery."

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Post  fit90 on Thu May 19, 2016 5:58 pm

I studied machine and assembly on a DEC 11/78- which was just converted away from punch cards.  As difficult as machine was to debug for written code it must've been a real nightmare for punch cards.

I doubt that I have written 100 lines of any code since college.
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