I had a wee accident last year, meant I have to take pain killers and they have the unfortunate side effect of clogging your works up. I have to tell you that prunes, metamusil, fibre and all the other remedies are nothing on my coming back to my Pc and seeing this message.
Ransomware? No thankfully. It's just Microsoft. It's their idea of a calming message while they make you wait for yet another interminable time to do their third or fourth day in a row of updates.
What genius thought that would be a great message to leave on someones screens? Eventually the update finished. Before it did however I had time to look the message up on Google, have a 5 minute rant to myself about Microsoft, make a cup of tea and get back before whatever MS were up to was complete.
45 minutes later my disk usage is still at 100% and more of my working life wasted as tile updates, geolocation, and goodness knows what other kak I don't use and thought I had turned off updates itself.
As a side note, my brand new i7 laptop, windows 10, has never succeeded in booting up and being ready in under 5 minutes since getting it. MS antimalware, tile updates, update services and numerous other pieces of garbage hogging the disk at 100% usage and a normal thread priority. It makes opening programs, running VMWare etc a disaster.
However the message got me thinking - what exactly do they mean "All your files are exactly where you left them ...." .
- Does this mean sometimes they aren't?
- Does it mean that I should have no expectation of them being where I left them?
- Does this mean I should have an expectation of file being moved at MS's pleasure?
My research turned up that MS uses this update as an opportunity to remove programs it doesn't think are legal or it disagrees with. This is an opportunity for MS to do some police work. Oh snap!!
MS's record of deciding what is suitable,what is licensed and what is not, is pretty appalling. Licensed legacy apps, MS own licensing issues (2 hours getting Office to install with a valid license under Office 365 subscription last week) and them banning outright apps they think aren't suitable are growing.
For me it meant my MS 365 Office Subscription needed me to re-validate and accept terms and conditions. Those terms and conditions were an explicit message that this software would AUTO UPDATE, something I don't want to happen as Outlook 2016 is buggy as Hades flea infested arm pit.
But back to the main point.
If you see this message - don't panic. I may or may not be ransomware. Hopefully it's just Microsoft dicking around again. Unfortunately only time will tell which one it is so sit back, pop a Valium and pray the message will change. Maybe you will get lucky and it will be ransomware, because at least they do give you all your files back, with MS there is no guarantee.