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Windows 7 warning: "back up your file encryption key" (should I worry?)


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#1 noz03

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 04:55 AM

I'm 90% sure this is just random bs from windows as usual but lately I suddenly started getting warnings to back up my file encryption key. But.... I don't have one, or have any files encrypted by windows. So why are they asking me this?

 

I keep reading on this site about ransomware that encrypts peoples files and getting a little paranoid that my 1-2tb of photos might be slowly and secretly being encrypted in the background.

 

Is there anything for me to worry about?

 

I am using windows 7, with AVG free edition.

 

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 06:41 AM

From the web: Backup Encryption Key Prompt?  (seems you may have downloaded an encrypted file....that's one possibility)

 

QUOTE from link above:

Based on my further research, you could run cipher.exe tool to display the encryption of foldes and files on NTFS volumes. To do this, please take the following steps.

 

1) Type "Command Prompt" in the search box and right click to run as Administrator.

2) Type the following command:

 

cipher /u

 

Then it will list encrypted folders and files if your system owns.

 

3) Please locate to the above encrypted folders.

 

For more information about cipher.exe, please refer to the following website.

 

Cipher

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771346(WS.10).aspx

 

BTW, after finding the encrypted folders, you may need to recover this files. I would like to share a link with you.

 

Recover encrypted files or folders

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Recover-encrypted-files-or-folders


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Posted 04 May 2016 - 07:39 AM

From the web: Backup Encryption Key Prompt?  (seems you may have downloaded an encrypted file....that's one possibility)

 

QUOTE from link above:

Based on my further research, you could run cipher.exe tool to display the encryption of foldes and files on NTFS volumes. To do this, please take the following steps.

 

1) Type "Command Prompt" in the search box and right click to run as Administrator.

2) Type the following command:

 

cipher /u

 

Then it will list encrypted folders and files if your system owns.

 

3) Please locate to the above encrypted folders.

 

For more information about cipher.exe, please refer to the following website.

 

Cipher

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771346(WS.10).aspx

 

BTW, after finding the encrypted folders, you may need to recover this files. I would like to share a link with you.

 

Recover encrypted files or folders

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Recover-encrypted-files-or-folders

 

Yes it seems you are right it listed a bunch of files in a wordpress theme I downloaded recently... So nothing to do with a virus then... Just need to delete that folder correct?


Edited by noz03, 04 May 2016 - 07:40 AM.


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Posted 04 May 2016 - 08:07 AM

I wouldn't know what those files contained or why they are encrypted. But it would be a solution to getting rid of the Windows popup.

You might want to check with Word Press. You may want to just decrypt them or backup the encryption code.


Edited by buddy215, 04 May 2016 - 08:09 AM.

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