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    How to get rid of ransomware

    Hi Sense we don't have a place for removing malware and cleaning infected PC's; I thought some members might enjoy reading this about Ransonware. It happens and it's good to know how to deal with it. I have seen it once and it was very minor.
    Anyone here had any experience with Ransomware? Would like to hear your story!

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/20840...ansomware.html

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    There are plenty of discussion threads in this forum about removing ransomware:
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sea...archid=6323454
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    Hi rgrosz! Good to know there are threads here, but your link goes no place!

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    Hi rgrosz! Good to know there are threads here, but your link goes no place!
    I searched for Ransomware before creating my thread. I didn't see any thing telling me how to get rid of it.
    Do you have another link??

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdum333
    Hi rgrosz! Good to know there are threads here, but your link goes no place!
    I searched for Ransomware before creating my thread. I didn't see any thing telling me how to get rid of it.
    Do you have another link??
    Try http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sea...archid=6323550 to see the result of a search for ransomware here in the Windows Secrets forums.

    Hope this helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    Try http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sea...archid=6323550 to see the result of a search for ransomware here in the Windows Secrets forums.

    Hope this helps...
    Nope! Doesn't take me to any active threads!
    Says sorry no matches!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdum333
    Nope! Doesn't take me to any active threads!
    Says sorry no matches!!
    Strange... when I click on the http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sea...archid=6323550 link, even from within the quote in your last post, I get a seach page showing 51 found results spread over 3 pages:

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    I'm using Firefox in Windows 7.

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    Hi I using FF and W10! I get what you get in post#7 if I do a search for Ransomware, but not when I click on your links.
    I don't have a clue why this is happening!
    Thanks for helping. I've already seen those threads, but none are telling me how to get rid of Ransomware and that's why I started my thread.
    Maybe if you just posted the link to one thread. I checked on most of them but never seen how to get rid of a PC infected with Ransomware
    Last edited by holdum333; 2016-01-09 at 19:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdum333
    I've already seen those threads, but none are telling me how to get rid of Ransomware and that's why I started my thread.
    I think it's already been recognised in another thread that the Windows Secrets forum doesn't have anyone with specific anti-malware expertise nor a dedicated anti-malware forum. From what I've seen in other forums, specialised anti-malware experts undergo a period of training and peer review before being allowed to dispense advice (mainly due to the inherent risk of perhaps making things worse by rendering PC's unbootable!)

    If you want specialized advice about ransomware then from previous experience on several occasions I can recommend bleepingcomputer.com's malware removal guides and its forums. In particular, have a look at the Information on Ransomware article and the 3 removal guides it links to.

    Hope this helps...
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2016-01-09 at 19:13. Reason: corrected typo

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    I also got the no matches from the forum link, but the only sure fire way to combat Ransomware if you have inadvertently clicked on a link that allowed it, is by means of a system image created onto external media.

    Don't go expecting your restore points to pull you out of the mire, because some infections will wipe those and while you may see a restore point to select - if there's nothing behind it, system restore will just hang and you will be left in no-mansland with no option but to power shutdown which will leave you with just a black screen and a big white arrow.

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    Link doesn't work for me either with Seamonkey or PaleMoon up to date. Interesting.

    As for saying there are no discussions on ransomware I know that to be untrue. There have been discussions on Cryptolocker and Cryptowall specifically (including variants) and others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15
    I also got the no matches from the forum link
    Quote Originally Posted by Fascist Nation
    Link doesn't work for me either with Seamonkey or PaleMoon up to date. Interesting.
    Hmmm... the link doesn't work for me now either. I have no idea why.

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    I think searches are kept by the forum software for a small amount of time, but I am not sure anyone can access searches done by other users.
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    Just search WSL for ransomware, or try this.

    Cleaning the infection out isn't such a big issue, recovery of any encrypted data is.

    For most people affected, currently it seems like recovery is close to impossible without paying - and that's certainly not a guarantee of regaining access to your data, these guys aren't trustworthy. Detective work to find the exact type of infector and the group responsible might lead to recovery keys for a minority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib
    I think searches are kept by the forum software for a small amount of time, but I am not sure anyone can access searches done by other users.
    Thanks Rui. That would explain both issues.

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