This last week I have encountered a new trend with the virus / trojan pests affecting user’s computers in a new way – setting all files to invisible.
I guess this is a new tactic to add to the scareware they already use to try to convince users to part with cash to fix the problems – problems which themselves are either imaginary or inflicted by the thing offering to solve them.
Previously these pests diverted your web browsing, blocked it completely or prevented you running programs by turning the icons into generic links rather than links to executable files.
As always, don’t pay the scam merchants to “fix” these problems. Don’t be panicked into thinking all you work, music, photos etc have been deleted either – they are just hidden because a system setting has been flipped to “hidden”.