HitmanPro.Alert 2.5 Update Brings Protection Against Crypto Ransomware

As security issues go, ransomeware seems to be the most widely feared bugaboo these days … and there’s a good reason for that.

HitmanPro.Alert is a free product by Surfright, the makers of the excellent HitmanPro security application, that has been designed to mitigate browser attacks.

We reviewed it back in 2012 when it was first launched by the company and came to the conclusion that it was quite good at what it had been designed for. The program supports all major web browsers and makes sure that malicious software does not go unnoticed on the system.

While initially designed to protect against banking trojans and other malicious code affecting web browsers, it has since then been improved to provide protection against other forms of malware.

Crypto Ransomware Protection

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Today’s update of HitmanPro.Alert to version 2.5 introduces protection against so called crypto ransomware. This type of malware encrypts data on the PC so that it cannot be accessed anymore by the user unless money is being paid for the decryption.

We have recently looked at Cryptolocker, a ransomware that is currently making the rounds on the Internet.

While there may be ways to restore files if malware did encrypt files on the system, for instance through backups or file versioning, it is fair to say that this is not always a possibility.

HitmanPro.Alert 2.5 introduces protection against these kind of attacks, and while it is too early to say how good the protection really is, it is definitely something that users will be interested in.

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The protection is enabled by default. According to Surfright, it protects against all kinds of crypto ransomware. There is no need to configure anything, the part of the program runs autonomously in the background.

HitmanPro.Alert 2.5 contains a new feature, called CryptoGuard that monitors your file system for suspicious operations. When suspicious behavior is detected, the malicious code is neutralized and your files remain safe from harm.

HitmanPro.Alert will display a notification on the screen that a computer virus has been discovered, and that the threat has been intercepted and blocked from execution.

CryptoLocker Alert

Note: The files are not removed from your system by HitmanPro.Alert. You can click on the scan with HitmanPro button to run a scan with that application to have it removed. If it is not installed on your system, you are redirected to the website where you can download it to your PC.

Demonstration Video

Verdict

HitmanPro.Alert runs silently in the background for the most part. The process is light on resources — it used only about 4 Megabytes of RAM while running in the background.

The program is fully compatible with all supported versions of the Windows operating system — 32-bit and 64-bit — and fully compatible with full disk encryption software such as BitLocker or TrueCrypt.

The only thing that may keep you from installing it right away is that it is currently listed as beta. Nothing speaks against installing the application once the final version has been released.

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