My current status: Paranoid.
Monday night I had a friend over and we were making travel plans on my computer.
A message appeared at some point asking about backing up encrypted files. I stupidly thought nothing of this and dismissed it.
The next night I am reading the news...and start to feel cold. A lot of talk of encrypted folders and ransomware and all that. That such things exist isn't new to me, I work in IT afterall. But the timing of this message with the weird message on my computer.....
I was out last night so today I turned on my computer booting into safe mode. I have used cipher /u/n/h to view the encrypted files on my computer- trying this on my laptop gives me nothing. Trying this on my desktop....literally hundreds of files.
some private files on my second hard disk (they are indeed locked and from safe mode I cannot open them)
files in a mysterious folder called wpsystem (seems to be related to a windows phone I used to use)
a folder called projects on my d drive which doesnt seem to exist.
A strange combination of nothing critical really...
Malware bytes is finding nothing and there is no perf file in my windows folder. However this is all very mysterious and scary and I don't feel secure using my normal computer at the moment.
Googling I find people with similar problems in the past but no conclusive solutions or explanations.
I have never knowingly encrypted any files and have downloaded no encryption software.
I tried the trend micro usb and it gave a error upon trying to boot. Comodo booted but it requires a network to virus scan, which it couldn't connect to
I have win 10 pro however I am unable to launch bitlocker, the shortcut and the exe just aren't working, nor is it in security settings.