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VMware workstation 11.0 all virtual machine files locked

Hello Experts. I am using VMware workstation 11.0 for home lab. all virtual machines got power off by themselves sometime during the night, when i try to power one on, i received the following error: "could not open virtual machine, .vmx file not found" for all virtual machines. all these virtual machines are not running on any esxi host. when I went the disk where i am storing the files (local disk on server), all files have the lock icon, with .NM4 extension (see attached pic). How can i fix this?, Has anybody encountered this issue before? Please assist.
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I'm seeing these files as encrypted I would think it could be a virus because you also have a file that says "recovers your files".
DO NOT CLICK ON ANYTHING IN THE FOLDER! You have ransomeware. Run a virus scanner.
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If you have snapshot of vm please revert it.
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thank you for the comments everyone. i will be rebuilding my home lab env since i had just finished installing all the VMs and did not have any data on it. How would you guys recommend i set it up now so that i can securely rdp it from the public internet, without losing security...so this does not happen again. i have only one physical server. the way i had it setup before...installed win 7 pro on server, then installed vmware workstation 11.0 where i built my virtual machines. on my home router, under port forwarding, i opened default port for rdp access, and pointed it to my win7 server internal ip, then rdp'd to it using the servers public ip address. Thank you
I would suggest asking a new questions to cover all the details.

Never open up a port without understanding the risk. I would only do that if I could restrict it by ACL. The best option is usually a vpn. I would look at pfsense as a firewall / vpn solution.