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#1191207 Cerber ransomware

Posted by Rybags on Yesterday, 10:24 PM

That earlier article mentioned a price which converted to something around $400.  I imagine that's $US so you may as well assume $500+


You could pay the scum, but that's no guarantee you'll get your data back.

#1191205 Cerber ransomware

Posted by Rybags on Yesterday, 09:26 PM

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.

#1191111 Cerber ransomware

Posted by Rybags on 25 April 2017 - 05:46 PM

Further to what I advised in PM - just getting rid of the ransomware can make the situation worse if it has encrypted some user files.


This page gives a good overview of Cerber https://malwaretips....e-cerber-virus/


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.

#1191087 New Build - Help needed please.

Posted by Rybags on 24 April 2017 - 11:41 PM

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.

#1191000 $500 gaming rig

Posted by Rybags on 21 April 2017 - 10:32 PM

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.

#1190914 The age old question, a PC for the relos...

Posted by Rybags on 18 April 2017 - 11:52 AM

It's got the M.2 slot so you could put another drive in (seems it has inbuilt MMC device of 32 Gig).

Then you can just point documents and program files to store there.

#1190888 And What Are You Listening To?

Posted by Rybags on 17 April 2017 - 01:28 PM

Those pinball machines are way too close to each other.  But yeah, I'd be too busy playing with the girls to worry about it.

#1190880 The age old question, a PC for the relos...

Posted by Rybags on 17 April 2017 - 12:55 PM

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.

#1190694 The end of Clarke and Dawe

Posted by Rybags on 10 April 2017 - 05:01 PM



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.

#1190467 need a new GPU for my 3570k help

Posted by Rybags on 03 April 2017 - 11:51 AM

The keyed pin surrounds mean you can't put wrong cables in wrong recepticles or insert them the wrong way around.


Generally PCIe graphics cards will over-provision for power.  The PCIe slot itself supplies 75 Watts max.  Supposedly 6-pin aux cables supply another 75 Watts and 8-pin ones are good for 150 Watts.

#1190426 Now this I couldn't believe ...

Posted by Rybags on 01 April 2017 - 11:17 PM

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.

#1190306 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by Rybags on 28 March 2017 - 11:22 AM

"Doof, Doof, Doof... Attention!  OBD 2 reports MAF sensor malfunctioning.  Shouldn't have bought that pod filter, hey?"

#1190302 need a new GPU for my 3570k help

Posted by Rybags on 28 March 2017 - 10:21 AM

It'll probably just scrape in.  Seems the RX480 is a bit underwhelming in performance, even the old GTX970 seems to beat it in some benches.

#1190259 Now this I couldn't believe ...

Posted by Rybags on 25 March 2017 - 10:48 AM



I saw a Nirvana "Teen Spirit" music video on YouTube, there was a comment from some moron "They've ripped this off from Miley Cyruss".

#1190240 [Another] London Terror Attack

Posted by Rybags on 24 March 2017 - 08:32 PM

There might be other things.


The whole war on each front has been a drawn out huge waste of money and resources and gone on 3-4 times longer than it should have.

The initial strategy should have been to just go in fast and get the job done rather than the drawn out farce it's turned into.

It's gone on longer than the 2 world wars combined.

The US was at pain to explain early on that they didn't want another Vietnam.

They didn't get another Vietnam, in fact they got about 3 of them.