Windows 10: Ransomware Protection?

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
  1.    08 Jun 2016 #1

    Ransomware Protection?


    Been visiting a website that discusses ransomware and all of the nasty things that can happen, starting to make me paranoid. Data files are backed up and stored offline, but still...So, I am looking for a quality anti-ransomware software package. As I am new to this concept, I don't even know what the best packages out there are, and I don't see a lot of posts on this topic on the forum. Any suggestions?

    I do have Malwarebytes Premium, but not their Beta Anti-Ransomware product. Visiting their website, the last update seems to be 18 March, which is quite awhile ago for a beta product. Is it worth downloading in its current beta state?

    Or, maybe Windows 10 is impervious to any ransomware attack!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 4,765
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       08 Jun 2016 #2

    Based on many previous threads posted in this forum, false positives appeared to be prevalent.

    I would stay away from the beta version at least for now.

    If you want to read what had been said about this subject from our forum, just scroll up to the top of this page > top right, in the white search box, type anti-ransomware > Enter

    You will have a list of threads to choose from.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 11,234
    W10Prox64
       08 Jun 2016 #3

    HikerGuy said: View Post
    Been visiting a website that discusses ransomware and all of the nasty things that can happen, starting to make me paranoid. Data files are backed up and stored offline, but still...So, I am looking for a quality anti-ransomware software package. As I am new to this concept, I don't even know what the best packages out there are, and I don't see a lot of posts on this topic on the forum. Any suggestions?

    I do have Malwarebytes Premium, but not their Beta Anti-Ransomware product. Visiting their website, the last update seems to be 18 March, which is quite awhile ago for a beta product. Is it worth downloading in its current beta state?

    Or, maybe Windows 10 is impervious to any ransomware attack!
    Hi.
    No, W10 is not impervious to a Ransomware attack. There are several options available to you; one you're already implementing: Keeping a backup offline. Some others to consider:

    HitmanPro.Alert
    CryptoPrevent

    I have heard that the Malwarebytes Beta Anti-Ransomware may not yet be ready for prime-time, but have not tried it myself, and the evaluations I am referring to are several weeks old. This feature will eventually be rolled into their paid product.

    Malwarebytes Antiexploit is another good little program to have installed, protecting your browsers against zero-day exploits.

    As always, the best defense is the person between the keyboard and the screen. However, even the safest surfer can be hit by an exploit kit on a compromised site, (which is recently another method of attack for the ransomware), so it's important to be protected with a layered approach.

    Hope that helps.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    08 Jun 2016 #4

    Appreciate the replies! The comments I've seen on the Malwarebytes beta are a few months old, and then nothing. I agree that I will wait until it is ready for primetime.

    Oh, I do have Malwarebytes anti-exploit installed. Seems like a good idea, and it is unobtrusive.

    Simrick, I will check out the 2 options you mentioned. Cost is not a driving concern, protection is. Yes, I do try to be careful, but things can happen. I freely admit I have been naively ignorant, but am interested in getting a good protective system in place.

    Thx again.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 639
    Windows 10 1703 Pro 64
       09 Jun 2016 #5

    Here is an article from Malwarebytes.

    https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topi...ti-ransomware/

    On my systems I have Malwarebytes Premium and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. I also use Macrium Free to image my drives to an external disk. If I get hit with ransomware I can just clean off the drive and do an image restore in 15min.

    I would not run Malwarebytes Anti-ransomware Beta on your main system. They still have lots of false positives and can really screw up your system.

    Jim
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 2,285
    Windows 10.3 Home 1703 x64 (Home per choice)
       09 Jun 2016 #6

    HikerGuy said: View Post
    Or, maybe Windows 10 is impervious to any ransomware attack!
    Quite the opposite, virtually all ransomware uses Windows inbuilt powershell to infect systems.

    New Cerber Ransomware Variants Morph Every 15 Seconds
    PowerWare Ransomware Uses PowerShell for Fileless Infections

    I disable WSH and remove powershell, that prevents ransomware and majority of other malware as well.

    A closer look at the Locky ransomware

    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows Script Host\Settings" /v "Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows Script Host\Settings" /v "Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f

    Take ownership and delete folders
    C:\Program Files (x86)\WindowsPowerShell
    C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell
    C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell
    C:\Windows\SysWOW64\WindowsPowerShell

    CryptoWall, Locky, and Cerber Are Todays Top 3 Ransomware Threats

    If you need powershell, you can restore it using SFC scan and to enable WSH, you will change value from 0 to 1.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 824
    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       09 Jun 2016 #7

    Phone Man said: View Post
    Here is an article from Malwarebytes.

    https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topi...ti-ransomware/

    On my systems I have Malwarebytes Premium and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. I also use Macrium Free to image my drives to an external disk. If I get hit with ransomware I can just clean off the drive and do an image restore in 15min.

    I would not run Malwarebytes Anti-ransomware Beta on your main system. They still have lots of false positives and can really screw up your system.

    Jim
    @Phone Man is correct.
    The application is in beta testing.
    The technology will eventually be merged into their core application, MBAM.
    Some folks have had no issues with it. Others have had serious problems. This is to be expected for new, beta software.

    But, as the product announcement page at the MBARW-BETA forum clearly states (formatting and font from their site):

    As this is the very first beta we do encourage beta users to install the product in non-production environments for testing purposes only.
    Cheers,
    MM
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    09 Jun 2016 #8

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Quite the opposite, virtually all ransomware uses Windows inbuilt powershell to infect systems.

    New Cerber Ransomware Variants Morph Every 15 Seconds
    PowerWare Ransomware Uses PowerShell for Fileless Infections

    I disable WSH and remove powershell, that prevents ransomware and majority of other malware as well.
    While my statement about Windows 10 was in jest, I never knew it actually had built in functionality that helped enable ransomware! This is something I will definitely investigate. Thank you!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 4,765
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       10 Jun 2016 #9

    HikerGuy said: View Post
    While my statement about Windows 10 was in jest, I never knew it actually had built in functionality that helped enable ransomware! This is something I will definitely investigate. Thank you!
    There is always something new to learn.
    One of the benefits from participating in forums.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    10 Jun 2016 #10

    Some other software which are actually quite good at preventing ransomware getting on your computer would be Appguard, VooDoo Shield and NoVirus Thanks, in fact they will prevent almost any type of malware from being installed on your computer and are highly rated by security experts. Basically they are either an anti-executable or use a software restriction policy and many people use them in place of an anti-virus. I suggest you do some research and see if they are something you would like to use.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Related Threads
I like backing up to local drives--I back up to the cloud also, but I like knowing I can get my data back quickly, even if the internet is down, as long as it's a simple problem like a main hard drive failure. But in order to do automatic local...
Lets Talk Ransomware in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
Just saw a news article on CNBC web site about a hospital in Kentucky that is the victim of ransomware. I assume the hospital has a backup on an external drive. So why can they not use the backup?
Ransomware Warning in Windows 10 News
A number of major news websites have seen adverts hijacked by a malicious campaign that attempts to install “ransomware” on users computers The attack, which was targeted at US users, hit websites including the New York Times, the BBC, AOL and...
Ransomware disguised as Win 10 update in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
Thought i would post this here but maybe the "news" section would benefit , if this is old news my apologies but it's scary. Beware! That Windows 10 update message could be ransomware in disguise A new virus is on the loose and it’s...
New Ransomware attack in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
Only 5 days out and Win10 being screwed with. This link was in an E-Mail today: New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom | ZDNet
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 13:43.
Find Us