Ransomware is about to get a lot worse

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  1. Borg 386's Avatar
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    Ransomware is about to get a lot worse


    Ransomware is about to get a lot worse, by holding your operating system hostage

    Now cybersecurity researchers warn that new ransomware features could make life even worse for victims. Rather than just encrypting key files, ransomware could soon infect a computer to such an extent that the only two options available to the user would be to pay, or to lose access to the entire system.

    According to the Malwarebytes State of Malware Report 2017, we're likely to see more variants of this type of ransomware, which is designed to modify the infected computer's Master Boot Record, the part of the system which controls the ability to boot into the operating system.

    Once modified in this way using malicious code, the system will boot into a lock screen set up by the malware, demanding payment not only to decrypt files but also to restore access to the main operating system. The inability to do anything with the system aside from viewing the ransomware note will only give victims two options: pay up, or have their system wiped completely. It's likely to make ransomware an even more appealing avenue of attack for cybercriminals.
    Ransomware is about to get a lot worse, by holding your operating system hostage | ZDNet
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  2. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Assuming I have back ups of all my files, can clean installation solve the problem?
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  3. prikker's Avatar
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    Those sobs should apply their knowledge to protect us against these kind of programs instead of stealing hardworking people of their money.
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  4. Borg 386's Avatar
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    Matthew Wai said:
    Assuming I have back ups of all my files, can clean installation solve the problem?
    I would guess if it locks you out, you would have to boot into the command line (provided it hasn't blocked that) & format the drive, then re-install your backup. A PIA, but at least if you have a backup in place you won't loose your stuff.

    Worst case scenario, you could use GParted to access/format the drive. It's a bootable partition manager.

    GParted -- A free application for graphically managing disk
    device partitions
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  5. essenbe's Avatar
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    You can boot into the command line through the Windows USB Installer or the recovery options.
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Borg 386 said:
    you would have to boot into the command line (provided it hasn't blocked that) & format the drive
    Do you mean pressing Shift + F10 to enter Command Prompt and then run DISKPART?

    essenbe said:
    You can boot into the command line through the Windows USB Installer or the recovery options.
    I have no USB installer but an installation DVD.

    Borg 386 said:
    Worst case scenario, you could use GParted to access/format the drive. It's a bootable partition manager.
    I have a bootable Linux Live DVD, which contains GParted.
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  7. essenbe's Avatar
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    An installation DVD will do the same thing. You can use Shift+F10 or use the repair this computer either one.
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  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Borg 386 said:
    boot into the command line (provided it hasn't blocked that)
    How could it possibly block Command Prompt on a Windows installation DVD?
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  9. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    @ essenbe, as you are a moderator, do you know why my thread about free antivirus was removed a few hours ago?
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  10. z3r010's Avatar
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    I've just had a look and it was probably due to the fact you just posted a link, so it was binned as crap.
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