I think this answer and this GrahamHill answer are very good. Both answers make a pretty good effort to explain the reason why a "standard" solution (antivirus, antirootkit, ...) is often not enough, and both answers use, at least in my opinion, a very clear language.
It is true that nuking from orbit is not a "very accessible" option, maybe for economic ...
I do think a canonical question would be in order, but I do not think that candidate is fitting. The answers are far too specific to secrets with the specific properties of encryption keys such that editing them to be more general would not be as simple as changing the phrasing. For example, peppers can simply be stored in a file in /etc, since all that ...
Yes, we should have a duplicate.
Closing as a duplicate of a canonical question is far the best user experience for the person asking the question, and for people finding it via google later. Just having the question closed, or marked as a duplicate of some specific question describing different circumstances doesn't quite do it.
But it's not easy to ask ...
EDIT: The question is now asked: Help! Ransomware encrypted my files. What do I do now?
Since there hasn't been a lot of protest, I will go ahead and post a question unless there is some more objection. Here's a draft of the question, short but sweet:
Help! Ransomware encrypted my files. What do I do now?
I just discovered that my files has been encrypted ...
Strictly for the question
Help! I think my Windows home PC has a virus! How do I get rid of it?
the answer should be a 'panic button mode' one. In other words what should I do now?
This answer is: reinstall your PC (*). This is the only reasonable solution for someone who is not experienced -- and he is not as he is asking this question. A lot of pain ...
A. Darwin and Jan Doggen have shed some light on the point what a possible answer should contain.
Therefore I would like to focus on the point, if we should give an answer at all.
In the helpcenter are two topics, that deal with "What topics can I ask about here?" and "What types of questions should I avoid asking?".
Reading both of them I think, a ...
I'd like to propose yet another option. Add some text (formatted as quote to stand out) to the top of the top voted answer, explaining the situation:
This answer was written in 2013. Since then, advances in password cracking has been made. It is now recommended to [bla bla bla bla].
My thoughts (TL/DR - go with 4. Or if not, then 2 or 5)
Leave it alone. I agree with you. It will become less useful
Mark the old one as a dupe of a newer equivalent - this works pretty well in general. It would be one of my preferred solutions
Remove the recommendations from the top answer - we could do this, but it can cause issues
Create a new, canonical ...
I think this could be a good canonical question that could often be used as a duplicate target. But for it to be useful it needs to be on a level that the kind of person who usually post about this can understand.
That means there should be no assumptions in the question that the novice could not verify if they apply. So I don't think we should mention ...
I apologize if posting an answer to my own question is not preferred on Meta, but I couldn't have fit everything into a comment. TL;DR, check the block quote at the bottom of this post for the proposed question.
This is what I have come up with, and what I think the question should involve. Any and all input is appreciated.
The question should cover "Who ...