I have a major problem with both my network server (Win2008R2) as well as my Win7 workstation (although the workstation is up and running...I'm using it to enter this question). The problem began on 2/15/2018 at around 10PM and the origin was either a virus or something I did myself (from a remote location). The timing is what leans me in the direction of myself being the cause of this issue. I had been out....had a few drinks....returned back and attempted to access the computer at approximately the time when the problem appears to have occurred. That said, I can't rule out a virus since I've received some conflicting reports back from my customers who have been using my server over the past 8 months to connect to and work with a software application that I sold them and provide support for. Now, let me get to the point. My server will not boot into Windows, so, for all intents and purposes, the server is "dead" right now. In my attempts to recover the server, I've realized that virtually every file on the computer has been "renamed" with the following appended string:
This is the reason my server won't boot since this "appended file extension" has effectively renamed every file on my C: partition including the boot files. The same string has also been appended to certain files on the workstation that I'm currently using, but not to the same extent and seems to have affected only certain partitions on this workstation. My primary concern here is the server (the workstation is secondary and, since it is operable, I can restore it back to an image copy I made of the operating system back in the end of December and most of the other partition's files I backup on a weekly basis so they can be recovered as well). The server is obviously the most important part of my network and I depend on it for hosting my software application that my customers use on a daily basis. Needless to say, this has already become a crisis and I need to recover as quickly as possible.
Any thoughts or suggestions will be deeply appreciated. Help!