I'm sorry to say that I swallowed Fantom hook, line, and sinker this morning. I had downloaded the Abrams article and had it on a browser tab but hadn't read it. So when I noticed that the system update (which I allowed) was taking way too long, I realized what was up and powered the system down -- at about 44%.
Here's my question: Now I've brought up a recovery system (Ubuntu) and intended to see what I could recover from the drive. Oddly, neither of my USB-to-SATA adapters will bring the drive up. It's not even recognized. Has Fantom done something strange to the drive to prevent off-system recovery? I hope the answer is no, but I'm kind of edgy right now.
Here's further info for whoever is gathering data among you:
A day or two ago, Windows Defender popped its head up and said I had an infection. Turned out to be the Varpes trojan. I'm assuming that was the vector for Fantom. I've had no other warnings in months.
Last night I got a popup message which looked perfectly legitimate -- it was on a Control Panel subwindow (apparently). It wanted to do an update and said 3:15 AM looked like a good time; would I agree to that? I said yes. This morning I got another message saying that the install couldn't be done and offering to do it then. Sigh. I said yes.
Anyhow, if I can get the disk drive up, I can probably recover a copy of a.exe, if anybody needs another copy.
Thanks for your help.
Sad in SoFla