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Old 01-06-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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Thanks for the links elnina.
That a lot of reading to do and I'd already Googled and read most of it.
None of it really does me much good.
Bottom line seems to be ... pay the ransom.

Bad thing is, from what I read .... there is no way to be sure it won't happne again since there doesn't seem to be in program that will avoid it.

I wish I knew how I got it... because I have NOT opened any emails with attachments. Never do.
And I do NOT go to risky sites (you know the kind I mean)

However I do a lot of Googling for anything I am looking for (even unknown phone numbers of calls on my caller ID etc

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Old 01-06-2015, 04:53 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Cryptoprevent will stop this from happening again.
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:54 PM
 
Location: In the realm of possiblities
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I have ESET NOD32 Antivirus 8, and Malware Bytes- Anti malware on mine, and I haven't had any issues with anything like this. You can also find Malware Bytes freeware. You could try running that, and see if it helps before you ransom up.
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:20 PM
 
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I have ESET NOD32 Antivirus 8, and Malware Bytes- Anti malware on mine, and I haven't had any issues with anything like this. You can also find Malware Bytes freeware. You could try running that, and see if it helps before you ransom up.
I have Malware Bytes as well as MSSE and neither one helped. And I never had any issues like this either UNTIL now :-(

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Old 01-06-2015, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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And I do NOT go to risky sites (you know the kind I mean)
Church sites?

DailyTech - Symantec: Religious Websites More Likely to Infect Computers Than Porn Sites
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:16 AM
 
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I have ESET NOD32 Antivirus 8, and Malware Bytes- Anti malware on mine, and I haven't had any issues with anything like this. You can also find Malware Bytes freeware. You could try running that, and see if it helps before you ransom up.
That's only because you haven't run across the infection, highly unlikely that any of those apps will stop it.

Cleaning the malware won't decrypt the files, cryptowall itself is actually quite easy to remove.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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Cryptoprevent will stop this from happening again.
It won't protect against some newer variants, there's an app in beta that currently will.

https://www.fooli****.com/vb6-projects/cryptoprevent/
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:32 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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The files are not that personal/sensitive.
They are mostly photos and description of the photos. So is there really that big of risk?
I have never used the computer at the library for a USB. I assume they have USB ports for people to use don't they?

And as far as being 100% confident in the stability of the computer,...that is why I thought about using the Library. Wouldn't their computers have that kind of stability ?

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The problem with public computers is that they are just that - public. You have no clue who was doing what on them before you. Does this mean every one of them is laden with viruses or keyloggers? No. But they can certainly be more exposed sitting out in public.

If the files are just photos and you're simply wanting to make sure you still have them, that's up to you. Albeit I would still rather use a friend's computer. But that's a personal decision.
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:59 AM
 
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If the files are just photos and you're simply wanting to make sure you still have them, that's up to you. Albeit I would still rather use a friend's computer. But that's a personal decision.
Use a friends computer... and lose a friend?

I am worried that the files that have been encrypted or the USB itself may still be harboring the infection and it would get in to my friends computer? Isn't that possible??
If not, then maybe I can just put in back into my own cleaned PC

By the way....... Do I need to have the Hard Drive wiped and reinstall Windows to be sure it is gone??

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Old 01-07-2015, 12:01 PM
 
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It won't protect against some newer variants, there's an app in beta that currently will.

https://www.fooli****.com/vb6-projects/cryptoprevent/
NHDave, that link does not work !

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