Ransomware Prevents Windows From Starting By Replacing The Master Boot Record
Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:24 AM
They can and have in the past. The problem is most of those scumbags and banks are located in other countries that make it difficult to do any prosecution or to retrieve the funds.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:31 AM
1. Move on to GUID if you have an EFI capable machine. That stops this sucker dead in its tracks.
2. Use your BIOS to write-protect your MBR.
3. Should you already be infected, remember that your Windows install CD has a wonder command line tool. Use it, and type in "FIXMBR" press enter, and restart when completed. If this is not available, download a bootable DOS 7.0 CD and type in "fdisk /mbr" at the command prompt.
Glad to know this sucker is easy to deal with.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:33 AM
Seriously?! This is quite trivial. Start disk, enter command line, type a single WORD "FIXMBR" and your DONE. This is easier that installing Windows in the first place, and a sure bet it is easier than the recovery options... Are people really so far gone that a single word is now a difficult task?