Win 7 - "Encrypting File System - Backup your file encryption key" suddenly appears

By Savage1701
Sep 28, 2010
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  1. I've been running Win 7 Pro 64-bit for about a year now, ever since it was released. All of a sudden, today, I get the above message at boot and it's now down with my tray icons. I don't encrypt anything, and I never have.

    Is this spyware trying to trick me into locking out my computer? I have heard of ransomware that people execute, it locks their discs, and then they have to pay someone somewhere a ransom for the code to unlock their disc.

    I run PC Tools ASW/AV, and full/deep scans of all disks find nothing amiss other than the same cookies I always have from going to well-known news and retail sites and such.

    Is this a legitimate item, and if so, why did it take a year to start popping up and asking me, especially when I don't encrypt anything on any of my drives.

    Thanks for any info.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,143   +597

    use the Folder View options to set Color for Compressed or Encrypted folders.
    save for ALL Folders
    close all windows.

    then explore C:\Documents & Settings\* or C:\users\* to verify

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