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Windows updates will not protect you from software you yourself ran. If you are tricked in to running a malicious program it can unleash its payload. You also state "if I keep myself logged in as a regular user without administrator privileges" but if you get a UAC prompt from a program and type in administrator credentials it does not matter that you ...


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What is it? Based on the picture I'd say that is disk corruption. Either it's just the file system, or the flash drive itself is broken. Where did it come from? Disk corruption can happen for many reasons. Perhaps you pulled out the drive while it was writing (didn't "Safely Eject" it), or the drive just took too many physical bumps, or ...


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Maybe. The problem with computer security is that you can never be sure if something is secure. You can only tell when something is known to be insecure. When we say that something computer-related is secure, we mean that no security problems are known. (And of course everybody always says that their stuff is secure. It's not always true.) Here are some ...


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Try booting Windows in safe mode and see if problem persists there. To boot into safe mode, restart the computer and start tapping [F8] as soon as you see the boot logo. If problem still persists even in safe mode, it's time to backup all your files, format the hard drive and reinstall Windows from scratch. If you can't backup your files because Windows ...


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I've got bad news for you - the files are lost, unless you've got a backup. Cryptolocker uses proper crypto combination (RSA-2048 and AES), and it's done right, so you've got very little chance of recovering anything.


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This question is very opinion based so you are going to get a lot of different responses. If you think that windows defender does a good enough job at defending against viruses? Then yes, You shouldn't have to worry about it. Personally, I have problems with just windows defender. I find that it does not do a good enough job of catching threats before ...


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To the best of my knowledge, the only potential risk presented when connecting to an infected machine remotely would be if you are doing active file transfers between machines or open up some connection on your local VNC/TeamViewer machine that would allow the infected machine to actively act on your machine. An edge risk is that—let’s say—your client ...


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There is a major difference between using VNC and using TeamViewer in this scenario, I will try to list some of them and I hope someone can edit and add other points that I'll probably forget to mention, but for those who only want the conclusion: Using TeamViewer is safer, but not too safe. Suggestion: I suggest you booting up from a live Linux distro ...


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Unfortunately as you have formatted the original drive you will have destroyed your public key which Cryptolocker uses along with their private key to decrypt the files. So even if you did pay the ransom there would be no way of decrypting the files, or not until someone comes up with decrypter for that variant of Cryptolocker. Sorry there really is no ...



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