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'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    If you temporarily disable System Restore, that bad restore point will be gone.
    Thank you, Sir.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I've had the misfortune of recovering from one of those infections on a friends PC. I did two or three scans with stand alone bootable media before I could actually get back in and recover her files. I did a factory restore after that and copied her files back. Nasty, nasty stuff to deal with. Her laptop wouldn't even boot in safe mode and task manager wouldn't run.
    I'm sure the thugs keep adding to this thing to make it more nasty. I think it took me 3 tries to get it into Safe Mode. I wondered why it wouldn't the first few. I remember doing a bid "whew" when it did. Then I knew I'd get somewhere.
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  3. #13


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Shame that happened. Sometimes things don't work out, it's unfortunate.
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  4. #14


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Ctrl/Alt/Delete didn't work for Task Manager wouldn't open. WinKey/D no go. There was no way to get past this screen. I finally hard reset and got into safe mode to finally start taking it back to a good restore point. Then ran AV which showed nothing.
    So from what I'm reading thus far this isn't easy to remedy should someone catch it?

    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I just worked an acquaintance's computer I recently met at a local veterans club. He admittedly says he uses porn. His right to, but he caught this nasty thing.( We play, we pay.
    Yeah I guess if you visit sites like that, or worse, you may be "more" vulnerable to this sort of thing. Not saying they deserved it, just saying that I would think sites like those are more vulnerable to this sort of crap; though it can happen to anyone who just happens to open a nefarious file or visit a strange site.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Ctrl/Alt/Delete didn't work for Task Manager wouldn't open. WinKey/D no go. There was no way to get past this screen. I finally hard reset and got into safe mode to finally start taking it back to a good restore point. Then ran AV which showed nothing.
    So from what I'm reading thus far this isn't easy to remedy should someone catch it?

    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I just worked an acquaintance's computer I recently met at a local veterans club. He admittedly says he uses porn. His right to, but he caught this nasty thing.( We play, we pay.
    Yeah I guess if you visit sites like that, or worse, you may be "more" vulnerable to this sort of thing. Not saying they deserved it, just saying that I would think sites like those are more vulnerable to this sort of crap; though it can happen to anyone who just happens to open a nefarious file or visit a strange site.
    It's a bear for one can't get past the screen. It even hides the Task Bar. It's full screen. I don't think it locks the system up, but rather hides the desktop so as not to get to it and blocks commands. This was in 7. I don't know about 8.

    Maybe lucky, but my way of hard reset and getting into Safe Mode worked. Perhaps by now they blocked that as well? If that be the case, perhaps a bootable AV scanner will do the trick. I'm sure MS is onto this thing by now.

    I don't visit such sites, nor would I promote them, but it is legal as long as performed under local laws and people have their rights if they so choose.

    LOL! Even if I did, at my age I don't think I'd get my gun out of the holster before it went off!
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  6. #16


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    So they finally went global and crossed the ocean to the USA. This scam has been going around here in The Netherlands for almost TWO years now!!! Only it is not the Department of Justice but the Dutch Police that tells you that you've been naughty.

    It's sad that people still fall for this scam...
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  7. #17


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I would like to ask which browser(s) were in use when this nasty was caught from people who have experienced/fixed them?
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  8. #18


    Posts : 176
    Windows 8.1


    I received an email with a somewhat similar message a few years back. At First I started to panic thinking maybe someone hacked into my wireless router and was surfing illegal porn sites. Then a thought came to me. If this was true they wouldn't send emails. They would be knocking my doors off their hinges, placing me in handcuffs, and taking my computer as evidence. I deleted the email and never received any more. I will admit it is scarey at first.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Ctrl/Alt/Delete didn't work for Task Manager wouldn't open. WinKey/D no go. There was no way to get past this screen. I finally hard reset and got into safe mode to finally start taking it back to a good restore point. Then ran AV which showed nothing.
    So from what I'm reading thus far this isn't easy to remedy should someone catch it?

    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I just worked an acquaintance's computer I recently met at a local veterans club. He admittedly says he uses porn. His right to, but he caught this nasty thing.( We play, we pay.
    Yeah I guess if you visit sites like that, or worse, you may be "more" vulnerable to this sort of thing. Not saying they deserved it, just saying that I would think sites like those are more vulnerable to this sort of crap; though it can happen to anyone who just happens to open a nefarious file or visit a strange site.
    It's a bear for one can't get past the screen. It even hides the Task Bar. It's full screen. I don't think it locks the system up, but rather hides the desktop so as not to get to it and blocks commands. This was in 7. I don't know about 8.

    Maybe lucky, but my way of hard reset and getting into Safe Mode worked. Perhaps by now they blocked that as well? If that be the case, perhaps a bootable AV scanner will do the trick. I'm sure MS is onto this thing by now.

    I don't visit such sites, nor would I promote them, but it is legal as long as performed under local laws and people have their rights if they so choose.

    LOL! Even if I did, at my age I don't think I'd get my gun out of the holster before it went off!
    That's pretty well exactly what faced me, it was full screen with no way to get past it. I used Windows Defender stand alone booted from a USB thumb drive to finally get to the actual desktop. Things were still pretty messed up and I couldn't do a lot of stuff as things were still locked out. I managed to copy her documents etc to an external drive and then do a factory restore. It probably the worst infection I've had to clean up.
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  10. #20


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    So it's more difficult than I thought, no Ctrl Alt Delete, Task Manager settings... Since I never encountered it I don't know the difficulty level.
    RESET - FORMAT/RESTORE remains the safest way in the end.

    I don't trust cleaners. If this thing is really complex and well-made, it might trick some cleaners/AV and restore/copy itself back to positions in no time. Should you still use a network or internet connection then it even gets worse. Removing the network connection/cable or stop wifi is the first thing to do after you see the warning screen.
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