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#1 don1947


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:05 PM

just did a full systom backup on my machine to protect against virus question is do i disconnect backup drive so any new files  that that could be infected don't get backed up.  or is just doing weekly enough? rite now my machine is virus free want to keep it clean

Edited by hamluis, 06 February 2014 - 06:57 PM.

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:30 PM


do i disconnect backup drive

Yes. All backup drives should be disconnected physically from the computer until the next backup. As of this writing, the only solution for the cryptolocker and its variants is a re-image of your hard drive. Without that you are up a creek without a paddle. As far as weekly, daily, semi-daily, etc. that is up to you. Any new critical data added to your system warrants a backup, but you have to decide that.

Edited by ranchhand1, 06 February 2014 - 06:33 PM.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:53 PM

A repository of all current knowledge regarding Cryptolocker is provided by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), in this tutorial: CryptoLocker Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ

Reading that Guide will help you understand what CryptoLocker Ransomware does and provide information for how to deal with it and possibly recover your data. There is also a lengthy ongoing discussion in this topic: Cryptolocker Hijack program.

Since this infection is so widespread, rather than have everyone start individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any more questions or comments in that topic thread.

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