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Apr
14
comment I am a victim of the Petya ransomware. Is there a solution to decrypt my disk?
@SargeBorsch: You should ask that as a different question, but in short: Yes, that is very common for schools and businesses. They control all the machines so they can install their own root certs.
Apr
11
comment I am a victim of the Petya ransomware. Is there a solution to decrypt my disk?
@vsz The authors of this malware encrypt the hard-drive at a hardware level, and wrote their own bootloader (!?!). I'm sure they've heard of AES. It's like as oakad says, they probably did this intentionally for maximum speed.
Apr
10
comment I am a victim of the Petya ransomware. Is there a solution to decrypt my disk?
This is why you should never write your own encryption.. though I suppose in this case it's fortunate that they did. If they had used AES, there'd be no way to brute-force the key like this.
Apr
2
comment Tiny copper waffle squares inside computer
Not sure why this isn't the top/accepted answer. I guess fastest gun in the west strikes again.
Jan
26
comment How can a file's size on disk be 0 bytes when there's data in it?
Related: How can an large file have a zero “Size on disk” value?
Jan
15
comment Computer boots up into 'startup repair' after running disk cleanup
@Alveoli I ended up having to reinstall Windows :(
Jan
2
comment Why aren't SD card 'contacts' uniformly placed?
@RahulBasu: Then you already know the answer...?
Dec
14
comment Why is Zip able to compress single file smaller than multiple files with the same content?
@WillP. Of course it doesn't have to, .rar and .7z don't
Dec
10
comment How can Windows 10 function on as little as 32 GB of disk space?
The Windows directory on my (Win7) machine is 26GB, and I'm certain I don't have any "manufacturer bloatware". I assume the extra is from updates and stuff (or maybe it's counting /winsxs?)
Oct
10
comment Ethernet splitter, switch, or hub?
Note: every video game I know of uses practically no bandwidth. My friends and I have used a 50-port 10Mbps switch for our LAN parties for years, and have never experienced any lag/congestion. The only issue occurs when people have to download updates.
Sep
21
comment How to properly use an antistatic wrist strap when working on a desktop PC?
@PeterCordes: "Can't you just touch the outside of [multiple] cases to ground them?" - If you equalize your potential with one object, then separately equalize with a second object, you will no longer be equalized w.r.t. the first. Also, your potential changes constantly, largely due to the triboelectric effect (the effect which causes shocks after walking on carpet), so after you equalize initially, your potential might change and you could shock a component later. You need to stay electrically-connected to the case(s).
Sep
20
comment How to properly use an antistatic wrist strap when working on a desktop PC?
@DavidSchwartz Grounding to Earth ground is really only necessary when working over a large area (like at a circuit-board factory). When working on a single computer, grounding directly to the case is actually preferable (see my answer for details).
Sep
20
comment How to properly use an antistatic wrist strap when working on a desktop PC?
@TechnikEmpire: On the other end of the spectrum, I've only once ever not gone out of my way to ground myself while working on a PC, and accidentally shocked and ruined a motherboard because of it.
Aug
25
comment How does Windows know if a program is not responding?
Of course it can know if a program isn't responding. "Not responding" is not the same as "stuck in an infinite loop"
Jul
10
comment How do I recover from “repair pending” error in SFC?
@Ramhound: Yes, I already said that. However, since there are likely others on the Internet with my same issue, who will find this page through Googling like I did, I added extra related information to point them in the right direction (which is an extremely common courtesy on this site). I don't understand how you could possibly take fault with that. Regardless, I've parenthesized it now, so there's no way someone could confuse it as a necessary part of the answer.
Jul
10
comment How do I recover from “repair pending” error in SFC?
@Ramhound: What confusion? The command is found (and my computer is fully updated), it just errors out.
Jul
10
comment How do I recover from “repair pending” error in SFC?
@CharlieRB and Ramhound: huh? Yes, it absolutely does answer the question. The question is "How do you force SFC to run when it gives this error?" I provided the solution I used to force SFC to run when that same thing happened to me. It did not in fact solve my underlying problem, but that is tangential to the question, which is why I only mentioned it at the end (and provided a link to another thread, to help others like me)
Jul
8
comment Computer boots up into 'startup repair' after running disk cleanup
@Ramhound: I've run both Spinrite and chkdsk, neither found any disk issues; and SMART stats in the BIOS report only a small (normal) number of bad sectors, all of which were successfully relocated. The issue is clearly that disk cleanup deleted some critical files, not a failing disk...
Jul
8
comment How do I recover from “repair pending” error in SFC?
Windows 7 Professional Edition (obtained legally through MSDN)
Jul
8
comment How many PS3/PS4 controllers can be hooked up to one PC Bluetooth adapter at a time?
I've marked this as correct because it all appears to be correct, but I can't award it the bounty since you never gave any references.