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File Name and File Extension have changed

by pmen10205 / December 31, 2015 9:51 AM PST

Example:

7c0lxgr.znf20

This used to be a regular word document, why did it change? Many files changed to weird file names and extensions? What can I do?

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Usually malware, ransomware or failing drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2015 10:19 AM PST

Remember all those that tell you to keep a backup copy? Now you are seeing why.

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File Name and File Extension have changed
by pmen10205 / December 31, 2015 10:24 AM PST

Can I do something about it? Like restore computer to a previous date?

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Are you asking about "System Restore"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2015 10:35 AM PST

System Restore in Windows only restores Windows, not your files. Your files must be safeguarded with backups.

And scanning for the malware or ransomware only would remove the bad thing but not undo the damage.

Sorry but a lot of folk learn this the hard way. There are now thousands of web pages on ransomware so I didn't write about it at length here.

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