Ooops, your files have been encrypted!

Discussion in 'Windows XP Security' started by Bleeeeep, May 17, 2017.

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    Bleeeeep

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    I turned on my work laptop over the weekend, and I have the virus that has been all over the news :(. How do I get rid of WannaCry 2.0?

    I have a message that says:

    Ooops, your files have been encrypted!

    It tells me that I don't have long before my files will be deleted. There's no way I'm paying these scammers!!!

    What are my options for getting the files decrypted? I will have backups from when I last synced my laptop in the office, but that was two weeks ago. I don't have any local backups, but I would like to try and recover my documents as my company will just format the laptop.

    Can anyone let me know how I got infected in the first place? I don't go to dodgy sites, so I don't know how I got it.
     
    Bleeeeep, May 17, 2017
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    I think people have had to rely upon data back ups rather than being able to decrypt.

    I guess that if anyone had come up with a decryption method, without the key known only to the perpetrator, they would be publicising their decryption service.

    If you Google, you will find fuller technical description than I can give here, but in a network, once infected, this malware can spread to devices on said network without any requirement of user initiating any download.
     
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    Your files may not be encrypted. they may have just had the file exstention renamed by a fake ransomware.
    My neighbor's XP 32 bit computer which was infected with fake ransomware. I took a close look at her files that she could no longer open. The file extensions had all been renamed. Out of curiosity a tried "right click open with." The PDF files opened with Adobe Reader. This fake ransomeware just changed the file extensions. She knew what program to open each file so I did not go to the trouble of changing the file extensions on hundreds of her files.
     
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