If something sets your bios password, how exactly would you know who to contact to try to pay said ransom?
Your both right!
It was ransom-ware as it always redirected any web page to a phone number to pay for a fix.
It was malware because it infected the computer with numerous ads on top of that. It kept
setting the computer clock back, so that virus software and apps stopped working.
It was a hybrid of some sort.
I should have wrote down it's name, but I was anxious to get rid of it.
It's not fun, but you can get rid of it by just disabling your internet connection, killing the browser, and re-opening it (with internet still disabled), then closing the tab again. It's strictly a tricky browser page. That's it.
It sounds like you also had other malware though, in addition to that problem. That malware might have been on the computer for a long time without being noticed. You just found it because the tricky page prompted you to scan for malware.
Regardless, Ransomware is very specific. It encrypts your data, and then demands payment to get that data back. Pretending to be Microsoft isn't ransomware.
This may seem like an argument of semantics, but it's not. Ransomware is a huge risk compared to most normal malware. It's so dangerous, and so common, that it's gravely important to distinguish it from malware that can be easily fixed.
Regardless, I thank you all for the help and getting it done!
ive had to fix ransomware twice now on girlfriends computer, and what i have found to be a qick fix is providing
your computer has built in recovery, stored on a hidden drive. You can find this out when using diskpart
use F8 to access command prompt .use diskpart to quick format c: . This removes the lock on drive, and wipes all the data.
restart computer and via f8 , you can now use reset my computer options to get your computer back
hope that helps,