I’ve been hit by Ransomware several times this year, and I’m going nuts trying to stop it. About a month ago I got hit, and I did a complete rebuild of my Windows 10 machine. Fresh OS and installed minimal programs. No warez or anything like that. I also installed iDrive for some cloud backups.
A couple of days ago I did a Remote Desktop session and for some reason I looked at settings and noticed I didn’t have any virus/ransomware protection. At this point all of my data looked fine. I tried turning on the virus settings and then after a reboot, bam my files got taken hostage.
Since I had backups, I didn’t even bother to try to “fix” things, I just did a fresh install. A short while ago I remoted into the machine and noticed some messages in the system tray. Along the lines of
- UAC was turned off pending a reboot
- Virus protection off
- Firewall changes made
I’m going to reboot in safe mode (when I get home), but it’s obvious I’ve been hit again.
How can I protect myself after a fresh Windows 10 install? Is there a step by step guide I can follow? Is there a way to verify the programs I’m installing are “safe”?