I turned my laptop on this morning, and a big page popped up that said all my files would be locked and there is nothing I could do to unlock them except pay this company or person or what ever some money. I immediately shut it off and threw it in the Jeep and my wife and I headed for town. Dropped it off at a computer repair shop and then we headed for Wal-Mart to get some needed supplies. After we were through at Wal-Mart we stopped back at the computer place and they had it repaired, up and running, the malware cleaned off, and a new virus protection program installed all for a little over a hundred bucks. I would much rather pay the computer repair shop the money than to send it to those hackers (who try to ransom your computer) from where ever they may be. The repair shop said most are either from China or Russia. Now, I wonder how long it will stay repaired.
They told me that it came as an attachment to an email and I guess that I didn't even have to open the email to get infected, but not sure. I now I have to decide what to reload on this computer. I know I will need an email program and Google is already on here, so I may reload I.E., which I used to use all the time. I don't think that I will reload any of my engineering programs, and not sure if I can without a key number to open it.
I sure hope none of you ever have this problem. The computer repair guy said it is about the worst one you could get, that it infected every file on a computer. The only thing that can be done is to wipe the hard-drive clean and start over. Dang, not sure what all I lost since I haven't backed this thing up for a couple of years. My bad!! OK, I hope you have a better day then I have had, you hear?