Last night while browsing some folders, I noticed a big text file on my desktop called "WARNING," which said the following:YOUR ID: 286
YOUR COMPUTER IS BLOCKED. All your documents, text files and databases
are securely encrypted.
You can unblock your computer by completing three easy steps.
STEP 1: Buy a MoneyPak in amount of $50 at the nearest store.
STEP2: Fill out the fields on the black screen on your cumputer. Otherwise
send as an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate your ID in the message
title and provide MoneyPak number.
STEP 3: Check your e-mail. We will send you a program to remove the malware
and decrypt your files once payment is verified. Your computer will roll back
to the ordinary state.
Q: How I can make sure that you can really decipher my files?
A: You can send ONE any ciphered file on email email@example.com
(Indicate your ID and /test decrypt/ phrase in the message title), in the
response message you receive the deciphered file.
Q: Where can I purchase a MoneyPak?
A: MoneyPak can be purchased at thousands of stores nationwide, including
major retailers such as Walmart, Walgreens, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, Kmart,
Kroger and Meijer.
Q: How do I buy a MoneyPak at the store?
A: Pick up a MoneyPak from the Prepaid Product Section or Green Dot display
and take it to the register. The cashier will collect your cash and load it onto
https://www.moneypak.com/StoreLocator.aspx - here you find a store near.
There were roughly 486 of these text files - one in every folder I had ever created or altered. But in spite of the gloom-and-doom of the warning, I still had pretty much full access to everything, minus my personal text/doc files and task manager. My text/doc files were now ending in a .crypt extension, and while I can open them, it's just gibberish. So I ran Malwarebytes, nothing. Ran PC Doctor, nothing. Searched around on the Internet for a brief bit, found some not-very-helpful information, and decided to go ahead and do a system restore (yeah, first time ever, probably shouldn't have done that). Ran both PC Doctor and Malwarebytes again, no problems. Task manager works fine, everything seems perfect, but I still can't access any of my text/doc files. Thoughts?
Sorry if this was long, that's just how I am...any clarifications or anything needed, just let me know. Thanks for your time.