Just WTH can Mcaffee do anyway? If the files have been encrypted and there's no key present to decrypt and the ransomware undoubtedly uses a unique key per infection then there is absolutely no recourse.
From what I've read, possibly some ransomware can be overcome with utilities but I've got my doubts in this instance.
By the look of it, whatever is encrypted can be considered almost as good as lost. But since the files are encrypted to a new file then deleted, performing file recovery operations on the original files can be possible, but it's potentially a long process. The best way to perform recovery would be mounting the affected drive on another computer, then of course be sure not to execute any programs on the affected drive, and perform file recovery to another drive, ie don't allow any new file creation on the affected drive.
The article mentions a program called "Recuva" - I've got it installed and used it successfully to get back deleted files in the past.
I'd be looking for the cause of the BSOD. Maybe an inadvertant overclock or Ram set manually on the edge of it's capabilities?
By the looks of things there the only weak link is the graphics card (which in itself could be the problem maker).
4K content will often by H.265 HEVC encoding which current generation graphics cards have decoding assist for. HEVC has been around only a few years, the HD 7000 series predates it by about a year.
Maybe try setting up a minimal system to chase down the crash problem. Your CPU has the inbuilt graphics so if the motherboard supports it you could try leaving the graphics card out and see if it makes a difference.
Might be pushing it if he's not bringing any existing components to the party.
As a minimum for new gear you're looking at $70+ for 8 Gig DDR3 or DDR4 Ram. Another $230 at least for any half decent CPU, this is ignoring AMDs older FX and A10 CPUs as though you can get a reasonably performing CPU around the $170-$230 mark IMO they're a dead-end path whereas other CPU options around that price are regarded as low to midrange.
Motherboard, you have the mini-ATX and the like in the $70-$90 range but then you have something that's probably got 1 x16 slot and a mix of 1-3 PCIe x1 and legacy PCI slots and probably only 2 Ram slots and a few Sata and USB ports. The half decent motherboards start around $100, figure spending a bit more than that.
The smart thinking for disk is to have an SSD for system drive then you may as well put a 2 or 3 Gig mechanical in as well. So there's $65-$130 for the SSD depending on if you go 120 or 240 Gig, and another $100 or $130 for 1 or 2 gig HDD.
So there's your budget blown already, 300 CPU & Ram, 100 motherboard and 100 for HDD but no SSD. And we've not yet touched on PSU, graphics card or case not to mention the vital externals like monitor kb and mouse.
Graphics card - you're looking at $140-$280 for a half decent midrange card, thinking GTX 960, 1050, 1060 or R7-470.
Bottom line though - if you want new gear then budget a good couple of hundred more than that at least and even then it's assuming you're using an existing monitor and other externals.
You can pick up cheap (usually under $10) licence keys for Office and Windows on eBay from system dismantlers, though in most cases to get Outlook you'll need something above the Home & Student version of Office (the UK based ones probably best to deal with).
I use OE Classic for email but the annoyance of the free version is it only allows 1 filter definition although I've got ISP level filtering and can create definitions there.
I'd probably just put Thunderbird on and tell them to learn it and put up with the constant updating.
Just about every other political humourist except Max Gillies and very few others needed makeup, voice impersonation or props to assist them, in most cases to compensate for the shortcomings of their material.
These guys needed none of that. Just a camera and microphone will be plenty.
I didn't mind it. Though a little too long with the first half dragging the chain. Enjoyable second half and I like how the ending almost seamlessly welds into the start of Episode IV. In the grand scheme of things though I'd still put the latest 2 well behind IV and V, probably slightly behind VI as well.
That said though, there's not really any memorable new characters. In fact that's the trouble with almost all of the modern day SW movies - lack of standout characters.
Worst, I'd probably say Ep 1 closely followed by 2.