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    Cleaning Ramsomware

    A very interesting post from Mark Russinovitch:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussi...7/3543763.aspx

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    Good link. Anything Mark Russinovitch writes is worth paying attention to.
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    With clear and succinct instructions such as these, I'm going to have to find a new job.

    Seriously, I have at times over the past several years found myself pondering the paradox that when I charge a client to cleanup their machine, I'm benefiting from somebody else's deployment of malware.

    I snapped out of that little moral juxtaposition just before the holiday's when I had to clean up a machine infested with ransom-ware for the second time in a few months. Once was unfortunate, twice was...well...you get the picture.
    In God we trust; all others must bring data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinto Tech View Post
    Seriously, I have at times over the past several years found myself pondering the paradox that when I charge a client to cleanup their machine, I'm benefiting from somebody else's deployment of malware.

    I snapped out of that little moral juxtaposition just before the holiday's when I had to clean up a machine infested with ransom-ware for the second time in a few months. Once was unfortunate, twice was...well...you get the picture.
    I don't feel bad about it, because I make a genuine effort not only to secure the machine from future infection, but also to educate the user in safe practices.

    A friend of mine purchased a computer for her daughter. I set it up and put antimalware on it.

    Several months later, I checked the computer; it was full of malware. I quickly discerned the reason why: my friend's daughter's boyfriend hung around their house often, so that he could use her computer for free, rather than purchasing his own and paying for his own internet service. Also, there was a young kid who was given full access to the computer, who likely went to infectious places on the web.

    I cleaned up the computer, then warned both her and her mother about the young kid and the hanger-on boyfriend carelessly surfing the web to dangerous places.

    I'll never forget the dirty looks the guy kept giving me!

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    It's nice to know that Mark is actively engaged in updating many of his more worthwhile Sysinternals tools.
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