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bikeman25    63

Hi All

 

Possible Problem

 

After my last clean install, I decided to give Defender a shot, unknown if I have an infection again or not, but Windows is popping up daily almost to Backup Encryption Key, but I never turned on any encryption, or installed anything suspicious I don't think.  

 

 

Running Malwarebytes scan now

 

Anything else I should do? 

 

should I reinstall Avast and do a boot time scan?

 

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Jim K    13,493

If you run, from an admin command prompt...

 

Cipher /U /N

 

What does it show?

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bikeman25    63

Checks

 

Was from Admin cmd prompt as well

 

 

C:\>cipher /u /n
The system cannot find the file specified.

 

When I tried that, showed this, think I entered it right, even copied and pasted it

 

Have never used Bitlocker, well except on one flash drive, but I turned that off til I figure out if that was the cause or what the heck going on lol.   Drive wise on SSD and one Internal 2 tb storage, 1 western digital passport external, and wd elements, no encryption on those enabled I don't think.     Antivirus shows clean, Avast Free 17.4.2294, Malwarebytes shows clean to

 

 

 

Encryption Popup.jpg

Edited by bikeman25
This was the Window i was seeing

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bikeman25    63

Possible Security issue, Unknown why I keep seeing this popup, no encryption on at all

 

Says Encrypting FIle System, and to backup the key, but I didn't turn on any encryption,  i'd show a screenshot but not letting me upload it

 

 

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adrynalyne    12,163
1 minute ago, bikeman25 said:

Possible Security issue, Unknown why I keep seeing this popup, no encryption on at all

 

Says Encrypting FIle System, and to backup the key, but I didn't turn on any encryption,  i'd show a screenshot but not letting me upload it

 

 

Its unlikely to be a security issue because I've seen the same on Creator's Update.

 

What does 

cipher /u /n

from a command prompt show?

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bikeman25    63

says this when I copied and pasted the command in admin command prompt

 

cipher /u /n
The system cannot find the file specified.

 

 

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JustGeorge    1,658

I think the computer Gods are very angry with you as of late. DirectX issues, RAM failing and now your file system is being encrypted?

 

This may be bad advice, but if I was watching my PC encrypt my files and I didn't initiate this process, I'd assume ransomware, kill the power  then hook up HDD to another PC and pray your important files didn't get locked up. Restoring from image would be the preferable method, however.

 

an exorcist :rofl:

 

 

Edited by slamfire92

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bikeman25    63

Cipher shows can't find the specified file lol

 

 

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adrynalyne    12,163
1 minute ago, bikeman25 said:

Cipher shows can't find the specified file lol

 

 

Sounds like you typed it wrong.

 

Capture.PNG

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bikeman25    63

Still says Cannot file specified file, even with copy and pasting, tried Powershell Admin and Command Admin, nothing

 

 

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adrynalyne    12,163
Just now, bikeman25 said:

Still says Cannot file specified file, even with copy and pasting, tried Powershell Admin and Command Admin, nothing

 

 

It must only be available in Pro or higher. Do you use anything like 1Password?

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bikeman25    63

Nope, and I am running Windows 10 Pro 64bit Creators edition

 

No Last Pass, No Avast Password, pretty standard install, no bitlocker

 

 

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adrynalyne    12,163
1 minute ago, bikeman25 said:

Nope, and I am running Windows 10 Pro 64bit Creators edition

 

No Last Pass, No Avast Password, pretty standard install, no bitlocker

 

 

Well cipher is certainly available in Pro. Sounds like you have some  issues after all. 

 

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Jim K    13,493

//merged your two threads.

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bikeman25    63

yup knowing me always some issue sadly, why I don't know with me, I guess gonna go with Option A, Complete drive wipe, and clean install, hopefully that cures all the issues, and I don't end up reinstalling anything that is bad.   

 

that is one thing i'm nervous on, but have to clean it up to make sure system all clean

 

 

 

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Jim K    13,493

How about 

 

cipher /u /n /h

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JustGeorge    1,658
Just now, adrynalyne said:

With cipher not working, it sounds like he has bigger issues at hand.

I know. Shot in the dark type thing.

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bikeman25    63

Negative PS C:\Windows\system32> cipher /u /n /h
The system cannot find the file specified.

 

 

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JustGeorge    1,658

nvrmd

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bikeman25    63

Yes using Powershell, with Admin, I can try from my Admin account later on here and give it another shot , right now on Standard user/Microsoft account

 

 

 

 

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JustGeorge    1,658

If you click on "This PC", do you see a lock icon beside any of your drives? 

 

If you go to control panel and click on Bitlocker, does it indicate that its enabled?

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bikeman25    63

No Lock Iconn,  Windows flag next to C Drive, standard drive picture on D, same for DVD, and Removeable drive (card reader0 just sd card picture)

 

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JustGeorge    1,658

What happens if you simply type cipher from command prompt?

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