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    Ransomware

    Apparently a new form of malware called Ransomware is circulating around the net.

    What it is supposed to do, is infiltrate your computer and encrypt files so that you are locked out of your own system data files. Then a message appears demanding either a ransom payment or telling you to order prescription drugs from a site in Russia!

    You can see the news article from the Boston Channel TV 4, HERE

    As stated in the news, the usual precautions to avoid this are the best to follow. Never open unknown emails, keeping AV and Malware programs installed and up to date, using a firewall and keeping your Operating System updated.

    I know most Loungers do these things but it is just a heads up note for all.
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    Re: Ransomware

    Yep, also see 'Ransomware' strikes....

    It's good to be reminded of these things - everyone should be alert and cautious.

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    Re: Ransomware

    Another one for your list...

    Make regular backups and keep the last few backups so you can always go back if you don't notice something for a few days or even weeks.

    StuartR

    woops That was meant to be a reply to Bob

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    Re: Ransomware

    And if your backups are on a big external hard drive, "safely remove" the drive when not needed, so it doesn't get encrypted, too!

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    Re: Ransomware

    Jefferson

    Do you know a Safely Attach again procedure for a Safely Removed external hard drive, other than powering it off/on or dis/reconnecting the USB or firewire interface?

    And, even better, command line utilities to do both of these functions?!

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    Re: Ransomware

    Actually, I do remove the USB cable and reconnect it later when I want to access the drive. And I turn it off in between. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    The slow way, which I haven't used in so long that my memory might be faulty, was to open the Device Manager, select the USB devices category and force a scan for new hardware. There was some dumb device that used to make me do this, but XP has been much better than 98 and 2000 were....

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