files

Mon
02
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Can CryptoLocker Infect Shared Drives, Files, PCs?

Infopackets Reader Michael C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a USB drive attached to my router. This drive is shared by several computers through the router on my home private network. My question is: if one of my computers became infected by a file ... locking virus such as CryptoLocker , would the network drive or the connected computers become infected or encrypted? If so, is there a way to prevent this? " My Response: It is possible for a virus to self replicate and infect other computers on the network, but that depends on the type of virus. At the time of writing, CryptoLocker is not a self ... (view more)

Fri
23
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

WLDCore.dll missing; Windows Live Mail won't Start?

Infopackets Reader 'biggrampa' writes: " Dear Dennis, Regarding Windows Live Essentials: I have an error message stating that wldcore.dll missing or not found. I have tried to reinstall Windows Live Essentials but it says it is already there, and I ... have latest version. I have also tried uninstalling using revo uninstaller, but it says that the program cannot be found. When I try to run Windows Live Mail, it says wldcore.dll missing. Any ideas? " My Response: Most likely a Windows Registry setting is corrupt and pointing to an invalid location of the wldcore.dll file. To fix the error, you can ... (view more)

Fri
09
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Best way to Upgrade old XP PC to Windows 7; Keep Data?

Infopackets Reader Bill C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I run Windows 7 64 bit on my computer and my wife has an old Windows XP 32-bit PC (Dell Inspiron E521). She's a real stickler about [keeping her PC exactly the way it is, so she can still access all ... her files and programs, but I know it's time for an upgrade and I'd like to upgrade it to Windows 7 64 bit for her] ... I already have on hand all the items I thought I'd need: Windows 7 upgrade CD, more RAM for her PC, two new 1 TB hard drives, a video card, etc. What I'd like to be able to do is make a disk image clone of her old XP hard drive, ... (view more)

Mon
29
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Remove Encryption Virus?

Infopackets Reader 'Frank' writes: " Dear Dennis, I was wondering if I can hire you to fix a laptop with a ransom virus infection. The reason I'm asking is because as soon as the system boots up, the virus is there [with a message stating the ... computer has been locked down]. There is no desktop, meaning I can't open anything. What can I do? " My response: Unfortunately, if you cannot boot into the Windows desktop, then I cannot dial into the laptop to fix it via remote desktop support . The virus you have may be repairable depending on what you're infected with, and whether or not the virus is ... (view more)

Thu
18
Dec
Brandon Dimmel's picture

TorrentLocker Ransomware Spreading Fast: Report

A new report from security firm ESET finds that the TorrentLocker ransomware scam has now encrypted an estimated 285 million files. Unfortunately, ESET security experts don't see the rate of infections dropping off any time soon. A TorrentLocker ... infection, like other ransomware schemes (such as CryptoWall or CryptoLocker ), usually takes place when a victim downloads a malicious file. Although the name TorrentLocker might suggest infections come through the way of torrents (a file typically used for file sharing), it does not; in fact, most TorrentLocker infections come through email. ... (view more)

Mon
08
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Recovery Disk is Full; Can I Delete Files?

Infopackets Reader 'pthamilton' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Dell XPS M1330 laptop computer. I get frequently recurring messages that my D drive (recovery drive) is full. Can I delete files on my recovery drive? Also, if I upgrade to Windows 7 or ... Windows 8, will it stop the 'disk is full' error messages? Thank You. " My Response: In general, it is not recommended that you delete any files from the recovery drive, as it contains disk image files used to restore your system to default configuration when you first purchased the computer. If you downloaded or copied files onto the D drive, you ... (view more)

Thu
20
Nov
Brandon Dimmel's picture

MS Kills OneDrive 'Placeholders' for 'Selective Sync'

Microsoft is facing a storm of protest over its decision to remove a popular feature from its OneDrive cloud storage service. The change is set to take shape when the company's next operating system, Windows 10 , is released next year. In Windows ... 8.1, OneDrive shows ' smart files ', otherwise known as ' placeholders ' stored on the cloud, but not available on a local device. If a user decides they want to view or edit that file and double click on it, OneDrive begins to download the file to local storage. The advantage of smart files is simple: they let users view the entire contents of ... (view more)

Tue
18
Nov
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Expert: CoinVault Ransom a Scam; Don't Negotiate

Cybercriminals behind a brand new type of ransomware scam have implemented a new strategy they hope will convince more people to pay up. Unlike other ransomware scams, this one offers victims the ability to reclaim some of their files for "free." ... Ransomware is a type of malware that locks users out of their systems . In most cases, a victim must pay a fee -- usually around several hundred dollars -- to reclaim control of their computers. However, there's no guarantee that a ransomware cybercriminal will follow through on the deal, and most security experts advise against ... (view more)

Wed
12
Nov
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'Exact Duplicate Finder 0.9.7.16', and 'W8 Sidebar 5.0'

Exact Duplicate Finder 0.9.7.16 As the name suggests, Exact Duplicate Finder is designed to help you find and eliminate duplicate files stored on your system. It features a simple and clean interface that groups identical files by location. It's ... also extremely fast, making it easy to find and delete dupe files. http://indeepsoft.blogspot.ca/ W8 Sidebar 5.0 W8 Sidebar can help you learn more about your critical system components. Its user-friendly interface shows you information about your processor, memory, storage drives, network connections, and more. And while the name suggests ... (view more)

Wed
08
Oct
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'The Godfather 0.88', and 'OooPlayer 1.4'

The Godfather 0.88 The Godfather is a software program that will make you an offer few can refuse: it will help you organize your favorite mp3, ogg, mpc, ape, flac, aac, apl, wv, mp4, ofr, spx or tta music files. The Godfather helps you find a ... eliminate duplicate files, set tags for your files, and catalog your files in an accessible way. http://www.jtclipper.eu/ OooPlayer 1.4 On some systems Apple's iTunes can be a real "hog", drastically reducing system performance. OooPlayer is lightweight playlist-based music player, meaning it won't dominate your system, making it ... (view more)

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