Locked Files

By Narinesa ยท 10 replies
Mar 31, 2018
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  1. I upgraded my windows10 x64.
    Changed computer.
    Changed user name.
    Note sure if some files were encrypted on usb (via xio labs or some sort of file encryption)

    Cannot access many files with E attributes.
    Permission denied. Not sure which user had ownership.
    Tried to reset permission to all.
    Nothing seems to work.
    Not a technical person.
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,054   +1,337

    No such thing as permissions all. BIG issue is where are such files located, ONLY on the external USB or also on the PC hd?
     
  3. Narinesa

    Narinesa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think the permission is currently set to everyone.
    Files are on USB - not on PC hd.
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,054   +1,337

    Yes, everyone:full control would be correct.

    However, if you're on a new system and/or have a new HD, you now need the private key that was use to encrypt the files. Without it, just give up as you will not crack the key.
     
  5. Narinesa

    Narinesa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I cannot copy the file to send to anyone for testing.
    The files were on the old system but on usb.
    I am on a new system but the same usb.
    I have played with hide my folder and hide my files encryption.
    It is also possible that I had my files locked via a ransonware or virus on the old computer.
    But being a novice, I have no way in knowing the real problem.
    And yes I did gave up.
     
  6. classified07

    classified07 TS Rookie

    If your files had been encrypted, they should have had unique extensions. Also, a ransom note should have been created. If you did not notice this, it is unlikely that you were dealing with a ransomware.
     
  7. Narinesa

    Narinesa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok. Extension is JPG.
    During that time, I had many problems with the computer - don't know if it was hardware, virus, ransomware, my trying folder/files encryption or simply inexperience.
    It would have been difficult for the ransomware to send me a note, I was busy trying to fix the computer and trying everything.
    During that time, I did receive an overseas call but did not answer the phone.
    I also tried changing the attribute code A and E. Got rid of the A but E remains.
     
  8. Narinesa

    Narinesa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    UPDATE_1

    During the many problems with my desktop, I was using xoslabs Easy File Locker on a usb drive.
    I switched to a laptop using the usb files which are locked and can only be used on the desktop.
    I went to file properties details and found out that I have to go back to the desktop and unlock the files or export the certificate to the laptop.
    I found out that the RAM chips 4GB is causing a problem and windows will not display or start.
    So I will have to remove the 4 chips and insert one chip to test each one at a time.
     
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,054   +1,337

    Attributes are explained here: https://superuser.com/questions/44812/windows-explorers-file-attribute-column-values
    • A means: ready for A{archiving} aka has been modified and needs backup
    • E means: is encrypted
     
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,054   +1,337

    Filesystem 'locks' are not related to memory. *IF* you have startup issues, solve that and then come back to the locked-file issue.
     
  11. Narinesa

    Narinesa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Computer problems were related to bad RAM memory but was unaware of the caused of the problem until today.
    Just learn the cause of my file problem today.
    File lock was encrypted on a different computer (desktop) and cannot be unlock/un-encrypted on a laptop.
    Desktop is not working at the moment until the RAM is replaced.
     

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