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Someone I had a shared dropbox folder with was infected with ransomware. As of now, I do not beleive I am infected. i went ahead and left the shares. I scanned with malwarebytes, hitmanpro, and windows defender and it says my machine is clean. Is there anything else I should look for?

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11 minutes ago, neoman said:

As of now, I do not beleive I am infected. i went ahead and left the shares. I scanned with malwarebytes, hitmanpro, and windows defender and it says my machine is clean. Is there anything else I should look for?

if you want to be certain that the system is clean, we do offer free assistance by trained and vetted malware removal specialists.  If you wish they can analyze your system for you and guide you in removing any threats that might be present as well as help to troubleshoot the issues you're experiencing.  To work with them, simply read and follow the instructions in this topic, skipping any steps you are unable to complete, then creating a new topic in our malware removal area by clicking here and one of our malware removal specialists will assist you as soon as one is available.

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Bravo on having the Premium with all protections on.   Bravo on having the latest Windows OS version.

Keeping the OS current with all security updates, as well as keeping up with security updates for all applications is always a best practice.

Beyond that, just standard best practices will serve you best.

Backup is your best friend.  Keep backups of your system on a regular basis to offline storage & keep those safe. https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/136226-backup-software/

It is not enough to just have a security program installed. Each pc user needs to practice daily safe computer and internet use.
Follow best practices when browsing the Internet, especially on opening links coming from untrusted sources.
First rule of internet safety: slow down & think before you "click".
Never click links without first hovering your mouse over the link and seeing if it is going to an odd address ( one that does not fit or is odd looking or has typos).

Free games & free programs are like "candy". We do not accept them from "strangers".

Never open attachments that come with unexpected ( out of the blue ) email no matter how enticing.
Never open attachments from the email itself. Do not double click in the email. Always Save first and then scan with antivirus program.

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Scan any file that you get from the outside before you do anything with it.  To that end, you can use the File Explorer right-click context option to Scan a file  (1) with Microsoft Windows Defender AV   (2) scan with Malwarebytes.

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The fact that your documents and files are not encrypted is the strongest sign that the ransomware didn't infect your machine.  Most ransomware doesn't really try to hide or conceal its presence; it generally goes straight to work attempting to encrypt your data to hold it for ransom (activities which will set off the Ransomware Protection in Malwarebytes) so at least as far as ransomware is concerned, it doesn't seem likely that your system is infected.

You may also find the information here helpful to aid in security your systems and data in the future: Tips to help protect from infection

It's a lot of info so take your time going through it; you don't need to get to it all at once.  It's a good general guide on safe practices and tools that can help protect against infection and data theft.

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