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Fantom - does it somehow disable the disk drive?

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#1 TheGear


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 02:42 PM

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

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 02:56 PM

There is an ongoing discussion in this topic where you can ask questions and seek further assistance. Other victims have been directed there to share information, experiences and suggestions.Rather than have everyone with individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any more questions, comments or requests for assistance in the above support topic discussion...it includes experiences by experts, a variety of IT consultants, end users and company reps who have been affected by ransomware infections. To avoid unnecessary confusion, this topic is closed.

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