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#1 Jon5353

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:35 PM

Hey guys. I could use some help. I reformatted my computer earlier today and I got everything up and running. Everything went well, except one thing. A text file that I use to keep some personal things in became encrypted (it went green). I tried to access it, but apparently I don't have access to it. I tried using take ownership, but it was failing. Eventually I got it to work doing it via command prompt (was doing it via the right click menu). This was after I somehow managed to get a padlock on the file (not sure what it means, but it didn't affect anything at all) It is just annoying due to the fact that I am admin and it still wont work. Even tried the true administrator. Still doesn't work. 

 

Through various security changes and such, I have no idea what to do. I was wondering if anyone else has any suggestions

Oh I should mention, I have the ability to delete it, but I can't move it or open it anywhere. Also, I have Windows 7 Ultimate, 64x

 

 

 

Thanks guys,

Jon



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#2 goldfist

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 10:57 PM

Here is info that might help you:

 

http://www.mediacollege.com/microsoft/windows/encrypted-files.html


Edited by goldfist, 26 December 2013 - 10:59 PM.


#3 Jon5353

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 11:29 PM

Still didn't work. I think its irretrievable :( Thanks for trying though. It just annoyed me because I never encrypted it on a previous computer.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:42 AM

This file is lost.  Encryption is great for keeping data secure, but can also lead to data loss.  The only realistic way to open the file it to use the encryption key that was used to encrypt the file.  Since you reformatted the drive this key has been lost.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:43 AM

Is this the same system of http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/434672/my-laptop-and-system-fix/#entry2525378 ?

 

If so...is reformatting your way dealing with the malware?  If so, I will close the AII topic.

 

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