Russian Hackers got my PC

Sunday, January 15, 2017 by Fuzzy Logic | Discussion: Personal Computing

Well, maybe not - but it felt like it.

Friday morning I started my PC as usual, except I got an error message from SDtray.exe - that's the background scanner for Spybot. Having rebooted, it did it again. I searched the online forums which suggested solutions. After numerous attempts at clearing some files, then numerous attempts at clean installs - it wouldn't even install - I decided to give up. The log file was telling me the program was unable to access its own .tmp files.

I thought it may be either malware or a virus. Ran Kaspersky AV - nothing. Ran Malwarebytes  - nothing.

So I decided to restore from backup (via Acronis) to a date when I knew it last worked ok. That was fine, the program was back working.

However, now my Nikon NX-D software had problems. Whenever I tried to change an image, the program crashed. As NX-D uses .tmp files, there was a pattern emerging. Even though I had restored from backup, something was still affecting access to .tmp files.

That was enough. I decided I was long overdue for a clean install of Windows. Using Windows USB install creation tool to create installation media, I did a clean install of Windows (10).

It was easy peasy and took only 30 minutes to get back up and running; this time with a fresh install of the latest version of Windows on a cleanly formatted disk. It took me the rest of the day to install all my other software but it was worth it. Everything is now fresh and speedy

DaveRI
Reply #1 Sunday, January 15, 2017 3:50 PM

Fresh installs are so nice aren't they - almost like a hardware upgrade. 

One thing that I've seen cause a problem with tmp files is the permissions for the folder(s) they're in.  That's something that has shown up right after installing something though, I have no idea how it might come up out of the blue ... other than maybe a Win10 update?  Anyway if it crops up again you might look at those.

Meanwhile enjoy the "new machine" 

starkers
Reply #2 Sunday, January 15, 2017 6:56 PM

Russian hackers, eh?  You've been to one [or more] of those "Date A Russian Girl" sites, haven't you?

Then there's those Russian pr0n sites that are affiliated with those dating sites, but don't worry, they're not after you.

Nope, they're hoping to catch prominent [and other] British politicians to use the records of their extra curricular activities to influence the next UK elections.

DrJBHL
Reply #3 Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:51 PM

I think your weatherman and airport manager got a report from GCHQ regarding your recent remarks about the snow that wasn't?  

Jafo
Reply #4 Sunday, January 15, 2017 9:42 PM

More accurately....it's Windows 10.

But 'Windows 10 hacked my system' doesn't sound as trendy...

starkers
Reply #5 Monday, January 16, 2017 2:40 AM


More accurately....it's Windows 10.

But 'Windows 10 hacked my system' doesn't sound as trendy...

It's funny, really, how back a while ago Win 10 was the bees knees of OSes, and people who didn't like it were anti-MS, paranoid nutjobs, and now it is AMPITA... A Major Pain In The Arse, and to blame for all sorts of shit going wrong.

TBTH, I haven't had an issue with Win 10 since the November/December updates, when I got not required drivers and software that borked my network adapter, keyboard and mouse.  I got automatic updates for my HP 2-in-1 a few days ago and thus far nothing has buggered up... touch wood.  I generally like to update manually so I can choose which updates I need to install; however, I made an inadvertant change to my settings earlier that day and got the automatic updates instead.  Fortunately, nothing [as far as I can tell] got broken.

Fuzzy Logic
Reply #6 Monday, January 16, 2017 5:20 AM

It was most likely the last update.

I've lost count of all the updates, anniversary plus a zillion others. At least the install media creates an up to date, update free o/s (for now).

Amazing how fast everything is...

Uvah
Reply #7 Monday, January 16, 2017 8:07 AM

I did that once. Not long after the anniversary update I get a 'your system encountered a problem and needs to reboot' or something like that. Good thing I listen to the Doc. I have Win 10 on a USB.

starkers
Reply #8 Monday, January 16, 2017 9:05 AM

Fuzzy Logic

It was most likely the last update.

Or those sneaky Russians... trying to track down visitors to their 'less reputable' sites... with a view to blackmail and manipulation.  It's at times like these you thank your lucky stars you're not a politician; a high level diplomat; a high level businessman, or hold a seat on the council.

 

Phoon
Reply #9 Monday, January 16, 2017 9:20 AM

starkers

Nope, they're hoping to catch prominent [and other] British politicians to use the records of their extra curricular activities to influence the next UK elections.


starkers

Or those sneaky Russians... trying to track down visitors to their 'less reputable' sites... with a view to blackmail and manipulation.  It's at times like these you thank your lucky stars you're not a politician; a high level diplomat; a high level businessman, or hold a seat on the council.

So we can now discretely imitate the kind of bullshit news found on facebook here? Politics are OK as long as we're joking about it?

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