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#1 CodeSmasha

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 04:54 AM

Okay I was having a bit of a giggle last night, because 7 News Australia was talking about the CTB-Locker Ransomware. I'm not giggling about that, but they were going on and on and then they said "When you noticed you are being infected with ransomware rip the power cord out of the power point" Hang on a minute did they just say rip the power cord out of a live computer? Is that true that you can pull the plug out of a live computer? Wouldn't it short circuit the parts in the computers? I'd rather have 7 News sued for misleading computer users to the wrong information! At least I wouldn't be laughing if this was true...


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 06:49 AM

No, this won't short circuit a computer's part at all. It's not recommended however because it can indeed damage the hardware, but it's kind of rare. What do you think happens when you use your computer and lose electricity? Practically the same thing. What will happen most of the time is that when you boot your computer after, you'll end up with a message saying that Windows stopped in an unexpected manner and it'll recommend you to run a Startup Repair, that's it. So while this is a "bad" advice, it's not a lie and 7 News Australia cannot be sued for that. Also, this shouldn't be done with other kind of electrical appliances as well.

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 11:25 AM

A repository of all current knowledge regarding this infection is provided by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), in this topic: CTB Locker and Critroni Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ
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