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Afraid to use e-mail flash and videos link after ransomware attack

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#1 jamesrivard


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:30 AM

I'm not sure if this is the right thread to post this in, and if it's not, I'm sorry; maybe it would have belonged better in "General PC Help"... But I'm really looking for an answer I can't seem to find. Here goes my situation:
I've suffered a ransomware attack on my work computer a few weeks ago. The ransom has been paid and we got my files back (and a backup plan has been set up so we don't find ourselves stuck in that same situation should it happen again). The decrypted files were put back on the computer after it's been wiped clean and all is well on that side.
What bothers me though is that I have no idea when or how that virus entered my computer and how long it took to encrypt my all explainer video files . I know that ransomwares can travel through the computer to infect any external drives that could have been connected to it, and I have connected a few USB flash drives in the weeks before getting the stupid "what happened to your files" message. So I'm wondering: how do I know whether or not those USB flash drives are infected? How can I even safely verify that??
Would you have an answer or a solution for me? 
Thanks a lot in advance!

Edited by jamesrivard, 17 July 2017 - 08:32 AM.

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#2 Demonslay335


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:40 AM

What ransomware was it? That might help determine how you were infected. The most common vectors are spam email (don't open unsolicited attachments, especially ones with executable extensions or macros), exploit kits (keep your OS, browsers, plugins, etc. updated), and RDP hacks (don't expose RDP to the internet, use strong passwords).


USB devices cannot infect a system by just plugging it in *typically. If you don't open an executable on it, you're fine. It probably just encrypted files on it if it was plugged in during the infection.


*There are such things with exploits and the like, but a ransomware is not going to drop something capable of doing that. At least none that have been seen.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:41 AM

This BC guide hopefully helps you from getting infected again.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:26 PM

The best defensive strategy to protect yourself from malware and ransomware (crypto malware) infections is a comprehensive approach to include prevention and your best defense is back up, back up, and more back up on a regular basis. Preferably keeping a separate, offline backup to a device that is not always connected to the network.For more suggestions to protect yourself from ransomware infections, see my comments (Post #2) in this topic...Ransomware Avoidance...it includes a list of prevention tools.
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