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    Warning - New Malware CyrptoLocker on the loose.

    A professional can remove the virus, but not unlock the files. Then it becomes your decision -- pay the ransom, or live without everything that's locked. That's why computer experts recommend having multiple backups of your data. The best protection, never click links or open attachments in emails. If it looks suspicious delete it. Also, keep you antivirus updated. "Immediately you want to pull the plug on the computer, that is how you are going to protect your data from further damage," Strickler says.

    http://www.nbc12.com/story/24022688/on-your-side-alert-cryptolocker-warning
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training.” Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    A professional can remove the virus, but not unlock the files. Then it becomes your decision -- pay the ransom, or live without everything that's locked. That's why computer experts recommend having multiple backups of your data. The best protection, never click links or open attachments in emails. If it looks suspicious delete it. Also, keep you antivirus updated. "Immediately you want to pull the plug on the computer, that is how you are going to protect your data from further damage," Strickler says.

    http://www.nbc12.com/story/24022688/on-your-side-alert-cryptolocker-warning
    Switch to Linux. Don't pay the crook hackers or crook OS sellers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBrinson View Post
    Switch to Linux. Don't pay the crook hackers or crook OS sellers.
    How I remove a PC virus ... 100% effective ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ5sDLnheEk

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    How I remove a PC virus ... 100% effective ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ5sDLnheEk
    So appreciate the serious reply - of course my perception of it is influenced by your other posts this evening.
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training.” Archilochus, 650 BC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    So appreciate the serious reply - of course my perception of it is influenced by your other posts this evening.
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    This evening?????

    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    So appreciate the serious reply - of course my perception of it is influenced by your other posts this evening.
    Any evening!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBrinson View Post
    Switch to Linux. Don't pay the crook hackers or crook OS sellers.
    Well said. They're defective by design, full of backdoors, easter-eggs and malware. FOSS forever.
    I am responsible for my writing, not your understanding of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    Well said. They're defective by design, full of backdoors, easter-eggs and malware. FOSS forever.
    When I get my new PC .. I'll switch my HD on my old one and try Linux ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    A professional can remove the virus, but not unlock the files. Then it becomes your decision -- pay the ransom, or live without everything that's locked. That's why computer experts recommend having multiple backups of your data. The best protection, never click links or open attachments in emails. If it looks suspicious delete it. Also, keep you antivirus updated. "Immediately you want to pull the plug on the computer, that is how you are going to protect your data from further damage," Strickler says.

    http://www.nbc12.com/story/24022688/on-your-side-alert-cryptolocker-warning
    Protect your hard drive by freezing it in place. Many library computers use Deep-Freeze by Faronics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    When I get my new PC .. I'll switch my HD on my old one and try Linux ...
    Just switch HDD's. I bought a handfull cheap, pulled the M$ OS one, pushed the bare naked new one in, and ran the Fedora installation DVD, I've run the M$ a few times for info forgotten.
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    Why not use a Live CD and avoid using the HDD altogether?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repeater View Post
    Protect your hard drive by freezing it in place. Many library computers use Deep-Freeze by Faronics.
    $660.00 !! Yikes - that ain't pocket change.
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training.” Archilochus, 650 BC

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0neZ View Post
    Why not use a Live CD and avoid using the HDD altogether?
    It's a half-measure. I did use a Live copy to decide on my distro.

    My challenge was to not dual-boot for back-sliding back into Windoze. No half-measures. Forty years is a hard habit to break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    $660.00 !! Yikes - that ain't pocket change.
    This is true. However, it is free enterprise not ransom.

    If that helps.

    This (CryptoPrevent) gives you a choice of FREE or PREMIUM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    It's a half-measure. I did use a Live copy to decide on my distro.

    My challenge was to not dual-boot for back-sliding back into Windoze. No half-measures. Forty years is a hard habit to break.
    Agreed on the Half-Measure. I have several GB of distros hanging around. Settled on Kali in a dual-boot with 7 Pro, only because I'm a longtime fan of Backtrack.

    Forty years?!? I know you remember the following, then:

    10 print "hello"
    20 goto 10

    What did you first put fingers on? Commodore PET for me.

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    These malware programs can be really nasty and CryptoLocker appears especially heinous. I had to buy my wife a new computer last year due to a malware attack rendering her computer useless. It started out just blocking websites and redirecting you to a website advertising something called Windows Antivirus 20xx (some date). Eventually the malware blocked all internet connections and started randomly deleting files until the computer just wouldn't run anymore. I reformatted her hard drive and installed Ubuntu Linux. Everything worked great but she decided she wanted to start gaming again (yes, my wife is a gamer!) So, for Christmas she got a nice computer with the crappy Win 8 OS.

    I only use Windows when editing photos and videos and stay off any networks to avoid these hackers. My desktop and my studio computers run Ubuntu and Ubuntu Studio.

    If you mainly use your computer for websurfing, basic photo categorizing and editing, home office use, and basic computing I would look into switching to Linux. If you use your computer for more specialized reasons such as video, audio, or graphic editing, just get a mac if you don't mind spending a small fortune. You can use linux instead of a mac but there is a learning curve involved.

    Just my unsolicited 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0neZ View Post
    Agreed on the Half-Measure. I have several GB of distros hanging around. Settled on Kali in a dual-boot with 7 Pro, only because I'm a longtime fan of Backtrack.

    Forty years?!? I know you remember the following, then:

    10 print "hello"
    20 goto 10

    What did you first put fingers on? Commodore PET for me.
    10 Input "What is your name?", N$
    20 Print "Hello, "; N$
    30 Input "Press any key", K$
    40 Print "LOL"
    50 Goto 40

    Learned programming on an Atari 400, TRS-80, and Apple IIe
    Last edited by FBrinson; 11-21-2013 at 06:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBrinson View Post
    10 Input "What is your name?", N$
    20 Print "Hello, "; N$
    30 Input "Press any key", K$
    40 Print "LOL"
    50 Goto 40

    Learned programming on an Atari 400, TRS-80, and Apple IIe
    HAHA oh the memories...

    Sorry for the threadjack, folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBrinson View Post
    10 Input "What is your name?", N$
    20 Print "Hello, "; N$
    30 Input "Press any key", K$
    40 Print "LOL"
    50 Goto 40

    Learned programming on an Atari 400, TRS-80, and Apple IIe
    Mind if I copy this code? thx

    Put mine on the old punch cards ....

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    At work

    I have handled the ransomware threat at work in the following way. I setup a NAS (Freenas) and connected it to the domain. I provided a ZFS backed storage volume for user home directories. I also provided similar volumes for all working files within the company. ZFS has a "time machine" functionality. I have setup that functionality and configured it to snapshot all drives once per hour the entire working day. I hold these snapshots for 2 weeks.

    In the event that we are hit by cryptolocker or anything vaguely similar, I would just step on the offending computer(s) and then restore a snapshot from just before the infection.

    If my users didn't store their stuff where they were supposed to, that is their tough luck and I hope it isn't too painful re-creating the files.

    We are heavilly invested in FOSS with the majority of our servers (virtual machines) running some form of linux or freebsd. Even the virtualization product is linux based rather than WINXXX based (Proxmox).

    My best advice is to offload your data from the machine that provides you compute services and then keep it protected via backup or similar. If you are somewhat computer savvy I would suggest running virtualbox and a copy of your favorite OS under that to use for surfing and email etc.

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    Half way related, a interesting website I found.

    https://prism-break.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpguy View Post
    Half way related, a interesting website I found.

    https://prism-break.org/
    An extremely useful list. What an excellent find. Good job MPGuy, thank you. Linux is my tool of choice but there is something there for everyone.

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