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Unable to encrypt files using EFS

Q: Unable to encrypt files using EFS

I am attempting to encrypt files on a Windows 7 OS using EFS.
Receiving an error that states "The File Recovery certificate being outdated or expired is the most frequent cause of this invalid recovery certificate message".

I have located this to an expired certificate under RSoP, belonging to an account called sysadmin. The problem is that this laptop was a computer that I was given when I left my previous job. I'm presuming that account belong to the tech support team. It no longer exists under user accounts.
I've logged on with the Administrator account and recreated a certificate and generated the DRA, but still receive the same error. The certificate for sysadmin under RSoP still remains.

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A: Unable to encrypt files using EFS

You're up a creek without a paddle man. EFS is non-trivial and you need the original Recovery Agent to access it.

Consider this scenario:

disk is EFS
user X has a password
user X account is deleted, but the data is kept
we discover, oops, we need something
recreate user X and even reuse the same original password
ACCESS DENIED results.
The encryption key is created such that it is unique to

the HD
the partition
the user
his/her password
time of day the password is created
The ONLY choice is to have created the Recovery Agent while the account was still active.

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I have been trying to encrypt a folder using PGP 9.0.6 and Cryptainer Secure It 3.1.7.

http://www.cypherix.com/

http://www.symantec.com/business/theme.jsp?themeid=pgp

What's weird is that the folder and the files within it will not encrypt and I don't know why? Further more the folder will actually be missing files. Can anybody explain to me? No, I am not setting the applications to erase files after completion.

PGP Conventional Encryption has worked finally. I tried all the obvious stuff first like closing all non-essential volumes (virtual disk that are created and encrypted by PGP), transferring the files to another drive, etc.

On a slightly separate issue. I did have some data corruption involving an older and separate group of files. However I deemed that to a hardware failure or a OS/Software failure. Figured it might provide valid insight.

Update: Now my PGP conventional encryption, non .exe file generation worked. I don't understand why it wouldn't work? Going to rename the source folder and try again. MY encrypted .exe file generation with PGP should work.

I tried again. PGP conventional encryption and PGP Zip both encrypted fine. I tried creating a PGP .exe file and again it failed and files are missing; why?

I've done a full virus scan and spyware scan. No known threats detected that would cause this. I've done two system wipes in the past months. I've also removed, reinstalled, and or repaired the installation of both a... Read more

A:Unable To Encrypt Files & A Number Of Files Are Missing After Attempt.

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Hi There,
I am using HP Z440 workstation with TPM 1.2. TPM is enbled in BIOS. I have tried to encrypt the C: drive by running manage-bde -on C: in WinPE 4.0. But it gave the below error:
ERROR: To turn on BitLocker in a pre-installation or recovery environment, a TPM must be present, enabled, and activated. If the computer has a TPM, please configure the BIOS to allow the operating system to use the TPM.
I have already enabled TPM in BIOS. I have already turned on TPM by running manage-bde -tpm -t also.
I have also taken ownership of tpm.
In BIOS there is no option to to allow the OS to use TPM. Interestingly this command works fine in normal Windows 7 professional & after reboot I can see encryption in progress also by running manage-bde -status C:
Please note that I have already added all the packages & drivers for WinPE and manage-bde -status commands are working fine. Please help me to guide on this issue.
Thanks,
Sourav


Born to Learn

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Last week I have been messing around with Windows Firewall Control, and have enabled Medium Filtering.
This denies all apps from accessing the internet, unless I allow them manually, one by one.
Is this boring process going to increase my ransomware protection (refer to title)?

PS. Please don't hijack this thread with recommendations of anti-ransomware protection like CF, I already know them. Thanks in advance.
 

A:Do all ransomware files require an active Internet connection in order to encrypt your files?

I am under the assumption that Ransomware encrypts files upon execution.

Wait for an expert to reply.
 

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Can someone tell me step by step how to make my router secure. Im not asking for the world here, but USR tech support seems to be making it more difficult than it really should be. my model is US robotics 8054 router.

Here is the link the product. I download the newest driver and filmware just now. Need to make it secure now.

http://www.usr.com/support/8054/8054-ug/index.html

AS you can see the user guide is just awful.
 

A:Unable to encrypt my wireless router

Here's the section that explains how to configure WEP. You have to use the same key on your computer that you use for the router.

http://www.usr.com/support/8054/8054-ug/three.html#Wirelesssection
 

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The only way I can connect my laptop wirelessly to the internet is to use "none" as my choice for encryption. I am using a Siemens Speedstream 6520 from Bell Canada and my laptop is a HP Pavillion with Vista as the OS. I can't figure out what is wrong and Bell Techs (so far three of them) have been unable to solve the problem. I have tried 128 bit encryption and 16 bit but unable to connect using the code. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Unable to Encrypt Wireless Connection

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Hi All,
I am experiencing a strange issue which I hope is something very simple. 
I have an SCCM task sequence which builds a Windows 7 x64 workgroup based laptop that is destined to be used in a KIOSK like fashion, i.e. running one app. with a specific purpose. The Task Sequence Enables, Activates and Takes Ownership of the TPM. After
that Bitlocker is enabled on Drive C: and then Drive D:. A Recovery Password, the TPM and a PIN are added as Key protectors.
The partition scheme is:

Boot partition (100MB) - standardSystem Partition (60GB)Data Partition (Rest of drive)
The issue I have is that the Enable Bitlocker (C:\) step is failing. When I check the state of the TPM, it is indeed enabled, activated and ownership has been taken. The command that is run during the failing step is "manage-bde c: -on -rp [valid password
here]"
When I run this command the error is:
"ERROR: An error occurred (code: 0x8007001f)
A device attached to the system is not functioning"
If I execute the next task sequence step ... "manage-bde d: -on -rp [valid password here]." the command runs as expected and enables Bitlocker as expected. The D:\ drive fully encrypts and after a reboot locks (also as expected given the OS dive
is not protected). It is only the OS partition that I cannot encrypt. I get the same experience after a reboot, if I use the Bitlocker Control Panel applet, even if I clear and re-initialise the TPM.
I have been building these d... Read more

A:Bitlocker issue - Unable to encrypt the OS drive. All other drives are OK.

Hi All,
I have determined the differences in hotfixes between our previous base OS image and the current base OS image. Hotfix KB2799926 is the culprit. After removing this hotfix I can enable Bitlocker on the OS drive. If I disable bitlocker, put the hotfix back
on and reboot I get the same error as reported above. Interestingly enough KB2799926 relates to Bitlocker-to-go.
I am logging a call with premiere support and will hopefully post the results here.
Cheers,
Nathan SuttonNSutton

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SOLUTION FOUND: You have to delete the 100MB Partition and it will work perfectly. Link on how to do this: System Reserved Partition - Delete

edit: Summary of problem-- I get stuck on the part where TC asks you to restart in order to test the bootloader (the "pretest"). My computer restarts, bootloader comes up, I put my password in and it doesn't move past "Booting..."

Hi. My laptop originally came with Win8 UEFI on it. I hated it. So I wiped the whole thing and installed Win7 from "scratch". Changed my "BIOS" to Legacy and disabled Secure Boot.

Here is my problem: I'm trying to encrypt my whole system using Truecrypt. In theory it should work, because my disk is MBR: http://i.imgur.com/j4r4BRm.png (I also checked via cmd.exe if my disk was MBR, and it was)

Picture of my dxdiag: http://i.imgur.com/5H2VOEc.png

However, TC gets stuck at "Booting..." and I have to unplug & remove the battery in order to boot the laptop. Whenever I boot it back up, TC tells me that the test failed. I don't understand what the problem is. I know I'm stuck in a pretty unique situation but yea...

What can I do in order to fix this and get TrueCrypt working on my laptop?

A:Unique situation: Win7 MBR unable to encrypt using TrueCrypt

Bizarre indeed. The only thing I can recommend is to try and encrypt only the Windows 7 system partition and not the 100MB System Reserved partition.

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A few days ago, I noticed a popup saying computer wanted to reboot and would if I didn't postpone it. I wasn't doing anything, so I went ahead and did it. The windows updates (running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit) applied and I got back to the desktop. Adobe put up a box saying there was an update for it too, so I clicked on it. Before I could start it though, I got a windows box that said "Encrypting File System" and told me to backup my file encryption certificate and key. After some searching on google with a different computer, I found that this sometimes come up even if you have never encrypted anything as I have not. So I went ahead and let it save the key to a flash drive. I did the cipher /u command to find if any files were encrypted. It found thousands of files in 7 directories. Mostly pictures (.jpg) on the second hard drive and they weren't viewable.

Error: "Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location."

Filenames were green in explorer. So I tried using the backup of the encryption certificate and key. It seemed to restore just fine, but all the files were still encrypted. I tried the decript command "cipher /d" but that wanted to either be in the directory or specify the directory/filename and the list from the /u just flew by and would only scroll back so far.

After some more searching, found a .vbs script to find all the encrypted files... Read more

A:decrypt files files that I didn't encrypt

Well, from what I've been able to find and try, looks like those last two directories are simply not recoverable. Since I didn't encrypt them in the first place, I don't seem to have a key for it.

So, for the future...
What made it encrypt those directories so I can not do it again?
What should I do now to prevent problems like this again? Just backup my encryption key and try and remember where I backed it up to? The current one should be good for a while. One of the many things I tried was extending the expiration date to 2113.

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a while back i encrypted a file useing winzip, and now i want to open it but i dont know what that password i set for it was. is there any program that will unencrypt it or a way to find the password? thanks
 

A:How to un encrypt .zip files?

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If your computer ever becomes permanently unbootable and if you didn't back up your key with those files then Windows encrypted files will be lost. Beware of that. Accordingly people recommend True Crypt instead.

A:Don't want others see your files. Encrypt them with XP

Blade Jones makes a good point regarding NTFS encryption. It is a very valuable feature but you must understand the implications of using it. On this forum and others I have seen many cases where a user has reinstalled the OS or upgraded to a later version, only to find that important encrypted files are no longer accessible. This is a serious matter. NTFS encryption scrambles the contents of a file using a key that is a part of the user account. If that key is lost, and it will be when the OS is reinstalled., it is almost impossible to decrypt such files. Creating a new account with the same name and password will not create the same key.

It is possible to backup the encryption key before an OS reinstall but few people do so, or are even aware of the need.

With any encryption method involving a password be very sure you do not forget it! Forum rules do not permit help with lost passwords.

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Hi All
i encrypt some files (Properties ->General ->advanced ) but from that time any file i created it , it become encrypt defalutly , how fix it?

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Hi i encrypt my word excel or powerpoint files. afte that my system got crash . so i install the win XP again . but now when i am trying to open any file ( word excel or powerpoint files) its giving me the error. user does not have access privileges. i try to remome the encryption from the files but its also giving me the error.
these files are very important. kindly help me.

Sunil

A:Encrypt files

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Originally Posted by skaundal


Hi i encrypt my word excel or powerpoint files. afte that my system got crash . so i install the win XP again . but now when i am trying to open any file ( word excel or powerpoint files) its giving me the error. user does not have access privileges. i try to remome the encryption from the files but its also giving me the error.
these files are very important. kindly help me.

Sunil




I believe it is becasue when you originally encrypted the file, it used the original user account information to create the hash, etc for the encryption. When yoou reinstalled, did you recreate the user accounts with the same names as originally created?

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I am trying to encrypt my drive using BitLocker. I am saving the key to a USB drive, only encrypting used data, and using new encryption mode. I then run system check before encrypting the drive, and when I restart my computer, I get the following message: "BitLocker could not be enabled. The BitLocker encryption key cannot be obtained from the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). C: was not encrypted."I've done some troubleshooting elsewhere, but can't find any info to help me. I'm running Windows 10 Pro on a Lenovo T440s machine. My TPM is initialized, owned and running, so I'm not sure what to do there. Here are images of my TPM from Device Manager.I'm at a loss, and I definitely need to be able to encrypt my drive. Does anyone have any information? If you need more information about my system, BIOS, etc., I'll be happy to oblige. Thank you.  

A:Unable to encrypt drive using BitLocker on T440s running Windows 10

My guess is that you deployed Win10 in legacy mode, instead of UEFI mode.  You can confirm this in msinfo32.exe, look for "BIOS Mode" in the right-hand panel.  It needs to be "UEFI" if you want to use TPM 2.0.  

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Is there a way for me to encrypt files in Windows 7 Home premium? When I go to Properties > General tab > Advanced, the option to encrypt it is greyed out.

If possible, without 3rd party software please. If not, a link to some good free software.

A:Encrypt files in W7HP

I recommend truecrypt it's free software. You can encrypt os drive, data drives or folders.
TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux

if you want to encrypt without 3rd party you need to get higher version of windows 7 because i think home premium doesn't have that functionality

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i use encrypt files v1.5 to encrypted some word, excel and pictures. but today when i input the right password, it said: "check message log for errors"
and now i cannot see those files,what's the problem?

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I looked up how to encrypt files and it said windows 7 had a encryption software built in. I went to properties and went to the advance options and there was encrypt file for secure data or something like that. But it was unselectable.

A:How do encrypt files on my windows 7?

Whether you need to protect internal or removable drives, BitLocker in Windows 7 makes that protection easy because it works with almost any drive. Windows 7 simplifies the encryption of internal drives by automatically creating the hidden boot partition
necessary to use BitLocker to protect the OS volume, eliminating the need to manually select that option during installation or to repartition the drive afterward. Best of all, BitLocker can be enabled on drives running Windows 7 with a simple right-click...STEP
BY STEP GUIDE FOR SIMPLE ENCRYPTION IS:-
1.To enable encryption you would right click a folder or file and then choose Properties from the displaying menu.
2.Once the Properties page appears you would click the Advanced button on the General Tab and choose the Select the Encrypt contents to secure data check box, and then click OK.
3.Another dialog box will come up to give you the option of applying the changes to the folder only or to the folder, any subfolders found and the files within.
[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] – It is important to note that once you start encrypting information that you should back up your encryption certificate which is the “key” to lock and unlock the data. If your certificate and
key are lost or damaged and you do not have a backup, in most cases where a local system is involved, that encrypted information is lost as it remains forever locked.
 
 
There are more recovery options available to you when ... Read more

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Hello,

I'm looking for advice on how best to encrypt a few files.
Nothing huge just a meg or two of Word & XL files.
At the moment I just burn on disc & do not keep on the computer & hide the discs.
Looking for some "better than what is available on XP Pro" program that is less than $50.

Any ideas?

fmg

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Hello!
I installed clean windows XP on my "C" disk and i moved some files to "D" disk before installation. And now i can't access them, because i didn't save profile.
I tryd Advanced EFS Data Recovery (full version), but i can't decrypt files because they can't find profile.
 

A:Encrypt files after install

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Hello,

Please help!
I have a 64-bit Windows 7 Professional O/S.
I've used external HDDs for months now, but today when I plug any external/portable HDD/SDD in it prompts me "Before you can save files on this drive, you need to encrypt it using BitLocker"...!!!
See attached screen shot.

I can open the drive, but I cannot do a thing with it. This is causing me all kinds of grief.

I didn't even know I had BitLocker on my laptop, as it is Windows 7 Pro. I don't want it.

There is no BitLocker option when I write-click my drive. There is no BitLocker To Go installed etc...

Can someone help me to write to my drives and remove BitLocker if needed??

Kind Regards,
LB

A:Before you can save files, you need to encrypt with BitLocker

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM

BitLocker Drive Encryption - BitLocker To Go - Turn On or Off

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I see tell-tale signs of Cryptowall on my Act! server - HELP_DECRYPT.* files dropped in a bunch of folders.  However, database is fully functional.  Does anyone have an idea of what type of files get encrypted? Had this happen before on a file server and just about everything was unusuable - doc, xls, pdf, etc.  

A:Cryptowall 3.0 - what type of files does it encrypt?

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is it possible to change the extension of the file...let's just say a file is called wallpaper.jpg

can i change the extension to let say instead of jpg and change it to pgj...or somthing else...so the file now is wallpaper.pgj...

would this stop the file from opening..

i know u guys must be wondering why ...it's because i have some adult wallpapers from sites like desktop girls and others... which are in jpg format ...i don't want to delete them...
 

A:how can i encrypt or hide jpeg files

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Hey Oh My,
 
I got a mess and I cain't get up. Okey dokey. I is gonna start the puzzle. I was watchin a movie (okay streamin) and some pop up pages, popped up and as usual I closed them. Well one was stubborn and kept askin me, Iffen I wanted to leave the page, I wanted to, but it decided I shouldn't, so I pulled out the ole ctrl alt delete bat, and hit em onna haid. Upon restart I was reintroduced to said previous page requesting the $300 bucks. So now I looked at it and lo and behold the FBI, Cyber somethin or tother had been watchin my travels and decided I should go purchase a 300 dollar card and submit it to a certain site.
Okay I got nervous and google became my friend, till I remembered, I had much better friends, that prolly knew something about this stuff. Hustlin over to Bleepin Cornpruter, I frantically started readin posts and decided I was way over my head and had no Idea which way to turn. Got out the discs and burner, and comenced draggin n droppin.  Since I was afraid it might get to my external hard drive I burned most important files and looked to see if some of them were already encrypted. Okay now I gotta tell ya I don't know what an encrypted file looks like, so a fine tizzy I find myself in.
 
Now I am waitin for the whole thing to implode and wonder if there is something to be done, before Armaggedon arrives. Yeah, I  supposedly have been backin up but my external is too small and wont hold but one back up atta time, I have been dere... Read more

A:They want $300 to un encrypt my files, not so quick big fella I know somebody.

So now I looked at it and lo and behold the FBI, Cyber somethin or tother had been watchin my travels and decided I should go purchase a 300 dollar card and submit it to a certain site

Hello -
1 This is just a Scam infection, and the FBI never saw anything
2 Do not panic.
3 There are Self Help guides, or ...............
4 Guided help in the Malware Removal forums
 
Please advise us of the option you wish to use, and post a link back to your new topic.
 
U.S.A. Cyber Security Ransomware is part of the Troj/Urausy Ransomware family <= Link - This is a typical example of the infection.Read Entire Removal Guide <= Link - At the bottom of the article
You have the choice of attempting the above guide, or just posting directly to Malware Removal area.
Please note there will be a wait of about 3 days for the Experts to reply.
 
As you are badly infected, you can follow the instructions in the Preparation Guide starting at Step #6.
 
NOTE :If you are unable to complete any step, please post the topic and leave a full description of your problems
 
When you have done that, start a new topic and post the required logs to  Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team Experts.
 
 Please Use Copy and Paste for all your responses, and Do Not Attach any unless your helper specifically requests this.
 
 If Help Bot responds to your t... Read more

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Is there a secure and low-cost way to encrypt Quicken, Excel and PowerPoint files and email them to yourself, so you'll always have backups of your personal data?
I've seen free utilities advertised, but don't know whether it is safe to use them.
Is any of these utilities suitable for dial-up... My area does not have DSL, and won't have cable for a few months yet!

Thanks

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Hi all,
Thanks in advanced for your advises :D!
The situation is as follow:
1st part - UNABLE TO ENCRYPT
- Our AD server is 2012 R2 v. 6.3 Build 9600.
- Users below are using Windows 7 Professional and joined domain.
- I created new certificate in Public Key Policy/ Encrypting File System as Administrator and push down to the domain group
- We started doing encryption EFS for our users...most are ok, except one PC A.
- User A who is using PC A we cant encrypt his files. Pop up is 'The Parameter is Incorrect' when doing EFS encryption.
- if User B log in to PC A, his files on PC A can be encrypted. If user A log in to user B PC, his file can be encrypted as well.

- So seems like issue is only at PC A and only with user A
so my 1st Question: Why is this happening and how to prevent this? (possibility is user profile corrupted but why and where it's corrupted?

2nd Part - UNABLE TO USE ENCRYPTED PST FILES

- I decided to copy all User A files (including Outlook pst), delete his profile and recreated new profile with same name
- Copy all his file over, set up outlook with old pst file again. And start doing encryption include outlook files.

- Encryption went smoothly.
- Next day (or may be when user restart etc..) when open, Outlook prompt Access denied for his pst file.
- All other files that was encrypted together with pst files (doc, xls etc.) are able to open and use normally
- At the same time, one more user reported having this Outlook access denied... Read more

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Hello,

1) What are encrypted files and how do we know which files are encrypted and which are not.
2) i know its against the TSF rules to discuss anything related to password recovery or anything like that but just curious to know when anybody forget the password and if they are able to remove or change the password , would it affect encrypted files in anyway ??

3) Is their any way we can make any file encrypted or if we need to how we can remove encryption of any file.

Thanks

A:what are encrypted files ?? do we have any way to encrypt or decrypt and file ??

An encrypted file or folder is a file or folder that only someone with the appropriate permissions can view.

If you are the administrator of a computer with folders or files on it that you have created then you can encrypt them and only someone with the appropriate permissions i.e you and anyone else you give permission to can see and view the contents of that folder or file.

You can only do things with the file if you created it or are the administrator or have the appropriate permissions.

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Kids, I am not sure iffen this corntraption is soon to explode or collapse. I had a page pop up while watchin a streamin movie, said page seemed to represent the "Mandiant U.S.A Cyber Security Ransomware" or some similar nefarious scoundrel. I shut the page down only by resorting to Ctrl-Alt-Dlt, went to draggin and droppin files to Discs, cuz I ain't set up a big enuf external hard drive, to hold two backups atta time. Tho I don't actually know what a backup file looks like, nor how to access the files in said backup file. Mea Culpa, I gotta remedy that shortcomin. Well low and behold to this point my files do not yet seem to have changed and I can access this cornprutter so I may not have a problem. But its been a year or two since i got this gem and it prolly needs a good tendin to,
 
So I have available the two DDS files  to begin a cleanup process. First the dds.txt
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.16428
Run by Dave Haddad at 10:33:24 on 2014-02-01
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.2013.748 [GMT -6:00]
.
AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {17AD7D40-BA12-9C46-7131-94903A54AD8B}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {ACCC9CA4-9C28-93C8-4B81-AFE241D3E736}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
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A:I got skeered when a page popped up and wanted $300 or they'd encrypt my files

Please remove this reply. Thanks Dave

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i am not able to open some encrypt files....when i try to remove encryption it say that error applying attributes access is denied ....

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Hi,

When I got my Flash Drive today it came with a small application called SecretZip which runs from the drive and allows me to encrypt and password protect the files on there, Of course I could use WinRAR but as I use it for College and other places i cant install WinRAR on them PC's.

I have used our friend Google to try and find this program but I cant.
Does anyone know where I get it or a application like it that runs from the drive?

Thanks.

A:Encrypt and Password Protect files on Flash Drive

http://www.linova.com/software/SecretZip/

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As a rule, I don't run NTFS on any of my systems and I advise against it in most situations. The reason is that I consider the additional stability and security that NTFS offers to be outweighed by the disadvantage of making it impossible, if not near impossible, to clean adware/spyware/viruses from an infected machine. But now I am presented with a new dilemma:

I have a laptop that I am using more as time progresses. It has a lot of information stored on it about my clients' user names, passwords, e-mail configurations, product keys (which they do lose, occasionally). Losing the laptop to a thief and the potential that the thief would discover the valuable and sensitive information stored on it . . . Well, I think you get the idea.

I am thinking of converting the laptop to NTFS and encrypting the many folders that contain sensitive information, thus protecting my clients from any potential damage due to loss of the laptop.

Here's the proposed scenario and conditions:
The laptop's hard disk is converted to NTFS.
Folders containing sensitive information are encrypted.
The OS on the laptop crashes and is unrecoverable.
I am forced to trash the existing OS and set up Windows 2000 or XP fresh and clean and start over again.
What must I do now to prepare for this day so that after the OS is loaded again, I can access those encrypted folders?
 

A:To encrypt (folders) or not to encrypt--that is my question.

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How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right click on folder->encrypt folder and subfolders) and undid that option, but even though the folder and subfolders are no longer listed in green color (the color of encrypted folders) the files themselves are still gone, just the folders themselves remain, but no files at all that used to be visible in those folders. I hate encryption. I never thought it meant "hide these files from everyone, including ME." It's so stupid. How do I decrypt my folders, or, perhaps more accurately, how do I decrypt the files that used to be visible inside the folders and subfolders in the previously-encrypted folder? I even did the lengthy thing related to Certificates and still the files themselves are hidden from me. And they're not simply "hidden files" because I tried that option in options->View but it didn't do the trick. There's gotta be another way.
Thanks

A:How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right cl...

It sounds like you may have already tried one of these steps.Perhaps one of the others will restore the files for you.

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Anybody, help! Quite desperate as this is affecting my work.

Sometime ago, I installed AGV as there seemed to be lil bugs in my comp that Norton could not get. AGV managed to detect and delete these bugs, but not all problems were solved. Norton's subscription was up and I was still quite peeved about Norton's inability to help...so I uninstalled it. Since then, there were more problems...

1) I'm unable to run help from Start...or msconfig from Start/Run or system restore. The error message is that it can't find the file. Even when I go to explorer to double-click the file directly, it still won't run.

2) I'm unable to open ANY file with MS word or powerpoint. It would say that the file is unavailable. It would also prompt me to replace existing normal.dot file. I'm unable to do the detect and repair, it would say error 1706...I do not have the installation CD with me anymore!

3) I'm unable to run any online virus scan (Trend, Panda...) even after I made changes to the security settings to allow for ActiveX.

4) I'm tried to reinstall Norton, but it can't run. It says 'CFGWIZ.EXE - Unable to locate component. . . . cctrust.dll was not found.'

I do run Spybot, Adaware, AGV, Winaso regularly.

Please help...thanks!

-Michelle-
I have made a scan and included logs from HijackThis and Silent Runners...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:16:25 PM, on 7/14/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
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I am running Windows XP Pro on a Dell Desktop.

The initial problems started when I installed Roxio Copy & Convert 3 for use with my PSP. I restarted after the install, utilized the program and then turned off the machine. The next morning I had an error message as I opened Windows that states:

"bcmwltry.exe - Ordinal Not Found
The ordinal 968 could not be located in the dynamic link library LIBEAY32.dll"

This error message does not go away no matter how many times you click 'OK'. I believed that I had found the root of this problem (bcmwltry.exe having to do with my Motorola Wireless Tray Applet). I disabled my wireless card since I am not currently using it, but the error message remained. I then decided to uninstall Roxio.

After uninstallation completed, I was asked to reboot the machine. I did so and that is when the rest of the problems started.

All of my .exe files were now non-recognized by Windows and would not run. I can right click on a program and select the open-with option and choose a program from that list, but if the appropriate program is not listed there, then I cannot run the program.

I then tried to do a system restore to see if that would make any difference.

Then all of the non-recognized files turned into Microsoft Excel files.

I am unable to install any program from the internet. Every time I try to download something, it automatically becomes a non-recognized file and prompts me to search the internet for the appropriate... Read more

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Hi and thank you for reading me
Several days ago, I launched a in-depth scan with avast! and a few problems popped-up. Most of them were called PUP and were located in my Temporary Internet Files. I found the ones for IE and deleted them but I don't know if Mozilla has its own separate files. Furthermore, one identified as a trojan was located in my Windows Defender scans file (I have the name of the specific infected file if that might help) but I can't find it and even if I did, I don't know what to do with it. Do I just delete it or do I have to do anything else ?
 
Also prior to that scan, I had very bad network connexion problems. I basically couldn't have access to the web for one of those three reasons :
- Home network but no Internet access
- Unidentified network with Internet access
- Unidentified network and no Internet access
Someone suggested that I might be infected so I did the scan. Now after that, my connexion is much better but not flawless, so I'm wondering if those PUP's might have something to do with it.
 
Lastly, I've been trying to download .exe files from several hosting sites and everytime I do, in the last few seconds of my download, Mozilla freezes. Seconds later, the file is supposedly on my computer and what I find instead is a file named trzF636.tmp The problem only ever comes with hosting sites and it's K-I-L-L-I-N-G me !
 
So yeah, those are basically all of my problems and I don't know if I'm really infected because now, when I... Read more

A:Downloads replaced by .tmp files and unable to find some infected files

Hello Lullay  -
First PUP = Potentially Unwanted Program (usually a minor problem or unwanted add-on)
As a rule, you can delete these -
 
"trzF636.tmp" is a randomly named Temporary File that we will now remove.
Please download Temp File Cleaner by Old Timer
Usage Instructions:
Download TFC from the link above and save the file on your desktop.
Close ALL running applications as TFC will terminate them before attempting to clean up the temporary files.
Double-click on the TFC icon - Vista, Win7, & 8, users - Right click and select "Run as administrator"
When the program opens, click on the Start button. 
TFC will terminate the Explorer process and all running applications and then begin the process of cleaning out all of your temp folders.
When done, press OK and reboot your computer and finish the cleanup.
 
- IMPORTANT -
Where are you attempting to download .exe files from, and what are they for ??
 
 
Please download Security Check by Screen317 from HERE
* Save it to your Desktop.
* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
* Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.Note: If a security program requests permission to access the Internet, allow it to do so.
 
Thank You -

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After a virus messing up my computer, the only solution to fixing it is to reinstall windows, however i have many files that i would like to copy to a CD so i don't lose them, the problem is that since the virus i can't copy or paste, i can't drag files, so i can't move them, and i can't use windows explorer or nero to burn files to a cd, as none of these work anymore. (reinstalling nero also didn't work)

Could anyone suggest a program or something that i could download so that i can burn my files to cd?
 

A:program to burn files to cd? unable to move or copy files

http://www.cdburnerxp.se/

Give this a try. It's a freebee.

Good luck.
 

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Hello, Please help me. I have Windows 2000 Professional. I'm pretty new to all this as I have only had a computer for about a week. I got some adware threats detected by Norton Antivirus 2004 and have done a lot of reading up and I am now tring to delete them.

One of the removal instructions provided by Norton promps me to delete a file in C:\Winnt\Downloaded Program Files but when I go to view this folder it looks like there are no files inside. Now, I know there are files in there as Norton Antivirus has picked up one in there and when I view the proporties for that folder it states there are 12 files inside but when I view the folder with Windows Explorer it appears empty!

I've gone into folder option and changed the settings so it shows hidden files and hidden system files yet this still doesn't let me view the files in this folder. How can I delete this file if I am unable to view it?

If anyone can point me to a turorial that explains this or explain it to me I would really appreciate this.

Please help a n00b.

Cheers, Luke.
 

A:Unable to view files in C:\Winnt\Downloaded Program Files

I'm assuming you have done this to Show hidden files and folders:
Go to Control Panel/Folder Options/View and select "Show hidden files and folders"

Also,place a check in "Display the contents of system folders"
And,uncheck "Hide protected operating system files(Recommended)"

If the above doesn't work try this:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
Create the REG_DWORD ShowSuperHidden (if it doesn't already exist) Set the value to 1, click OK, and close the Registry editor
 

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An error messages appears whenever I try to extract a folder to Program Files. It reads 'Cannot create folder C:\Program Files\Mozilia Firefox\abc'. I tried to first create the folder inside Program Files manually and then direct the extraction to it when I was prompted to choose the destination but it still wouldn't work. It says 'Cannot create folder so and so' and under that 'Access is denied'. I am using the computer as an administrator so I was bewildered when the message appeared. I am thinking that somehow the setting is preventing me to take control over Program Files. Vista's not so user friendly in this aspect.

Any thoughts?

Thanks
 

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Offline files - Unable to make ..... Files of this type cannot be made available offline.
I am trying to figure out what to do. It is a word document for address labels. When we go to shut down the computer the sync comes on and then stops with this error message. What can I do to get this to stop coming up? Thanks.
 

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I know it's the UAC that's restricting me from doing so. Am using 7-zip, and the only way I've found for moving files to program files, is by extracting them on my desktop, then move it over to the folder inside program files. What am looking for, is a way of extracting them to the program files folder right away?

Edit: Am mostly using the right click menu. Right click-> 7-Zip -> Extract and so forth...

A:Unable to extract files to program files folder(UAC).

Hi Nitrius,

This is a security feature in Vista that will not let you do this from any other account except while logged on to the built-in Administrator account.

Administrator Account

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Offline files - Unable to make ..... Files of this type cannot be made available offline.
I am trying to figure out what to do. It is a word document for address labels. When we go to shut down the computer the sync comes on and then stops with this error message. What can I do to get this to stop coming up? Thanks.
 

A:Offline files - Unable to make files of this type

Start here; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/252509
 

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There are files under Program files that I know I am no longer using but I am unable to delete them. The program is not listed under Add/Remove only under Program files. When I do the delete it appears as if they are being deleted but are still there once the deletion process is finished. Why am I unable to delete them? I am using Vista Home Basic.
Any advice or suggestions appreciated

A:Unable to delete files in Program Files

do you have administrator rights?

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Can someone decode or whatever this for me please, It's for school and i really need help.

This is it:

67.109.103.32
101.115.110.32
109.110.119.32
111.109.110.104
116.32.70.83
76.32.117.109
109.120.32.114
112.122.32.32Click to expand...

clue is: There are 4 levels of encryption.

The answer will be a sentence with less than 10 words in it.

Please help me.
 

A:Need help to encrypt this

is anyone going to help me?
 

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Hello, I am a new user here, I have a two HDDs.
I want to know the procedure for encrypting my hdd. Here are also few things that I also want to know:
1. If i do encryption on my hdd, can a virus/malware/Trojan affect that HDD or not.
2. Also if i do encryption can I download things from internet on that hdd.
3. If I install windows 7 on encrypted HDD and install other programs or games on other HDD, then it will work or not. I think this will ensure security for windows 7 and less chance of being affected.

Please let me know these will work or not. If there is any other method please tell me.


THANKS IN ADVANCE.

A:How do I encrypt my HDD? And also need more help.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by icehead


Hello, I am a new user here, I have a two HDDs.
I want to know the procedure for encrypting my hdd. Here are also few things that I also want to know:
1. If i do encryption on my hdd, can a virus/malware/Trojan affect that HDD or not.
2. Also if i do encryption can I download things from internet on that hdd.
3. If I install windows 7 on encrypted HDD and install other programs or games on other HDD, then it will work or not. I think this will ensure security for windows 7 and less chance of being affected.

Please let me know these will work or not. If there is any other method please tell me.
THANKS IN ADVANCE.



1-Yes it can
2-yes you can
3-usually yes

BUT

If you lose the key, if a single bit of the key becomes corrupt, you will lose everything. IMHO it is just not worth it!

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Q: Encrypt

I'm running Windows 7 and I go to Properties, Advanced and it won't let me encrypt a file, folder, picture, it's grayed out, but I don't know why?

A:Encrypt

Hello Richard,

If you have the Compress contents to save disk space box checked, then that would be why Encrypt contents to secure data is grayed out. You can only have one of them checked instead.

If not, the check using the tutorial below to make sure that EFS encryption is still enabled.

Encryption - Disable or Enable - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I wanted to encrypt a single text file.
So I right clicked Details > Advanced
checked the bottom encrypt option- Compress option left blank
"Details" button greyed out!

Not that I need it, but Details button also greyed out when selecting Compress instead.

Anyone got an idea how to handle this?
Don't really want to buy a big encryption program...

Windows 7 Ultimate, Dutch

Thanks
Barend

A:How to encrypt .txt file

Why do you need Details? Just select the encrypt check box and hit ok.
After the file is encrypted then you can open Details.

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Hello all,

I'm looking for a program/online tool that will encrypt my text. I would like to encrypt some text, send it to a friend and he can type in a password and it will decrypt it at the other end.

Any suggestions?

Tom

A:Encrypt Text

Hey Tom,
I have known for a while that zip can be used for encryption. Dont know if it meets your needs
How to Encrypt Zip Files | eHow.com

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