Posts Tagged ‘ransomeware’

Ransomware Removal Kit

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

This isn’t really a new tool per se, but rather a convenient collection of existing tools.

Ransomware Removal Kit is a collection of anti-ransomware programs designed to be used by security professionals and system administrators. Ransomware takes files or the entire computer hostage and pressures the user or administrator of the device into paying a ransom to regain access to files or the system. Most security experts suggest that ransoms are not paid, as there is no guarantee that an unlock code will be provided and because it encourages further investments into attacks and code improvements.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta is Out

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Given Apple’s recent problems with Ransomeware, perhaps this is worth mentioning …

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware is a new product by security firm Malwarebytes designed to protect Windows systems against so-called ransomware attacks that has been released as a beta version to the public. Malwarebytes continues to expand its portfolio. After releasing Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit some time ago to complement the company’s popular Anti-Malware product for Windows, it has now released the first beta version of Anti-Ransomware.

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HitmanPro.Alert 2.5 Update Brings Protection Against Crypto Ransomware

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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.

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How to Prevent Cryptolocker Ransomware from Hitting Your PC

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Extortion-ware gets more sophisticated all the time; you can’t be too careful about stuff like this …

Cryptolocker is a relatively new kind of ransomware that was first detected in the wild in September 2013. Ransomware for those who do not know the term refers to malicious software that, when executed on a PC, encrypts files on it so that they cannot be accessed anymore unless decrypted. Cryptolocker displays a ransom notification to the user of the system that states that the ransom — usually between $100 and $300 — has to be paid to unlock the files again. If the demand is not met in 96 hours, the option to do so will expire and the files will be lost forever.

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