1. Joined : Oct 2014
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       4 Weeks Ago #1

    RansomFree is the free program that protects your PC against ransomwar


    Although there are programs to protect against ransomware, the best option still remains back up your files & make system images.

    Hoping to stop ransomware in its tracks, security firm Cybereason announced a new anti-malware security program on Monday called RansomFree.
    It’s still early days for anti-ransomware solutions. Malwarebytes ran a beta earlier in 2016 for an anti-ransomware program, and advertises Malwarebytes 3.0 as capable of fighting this type of malware.

    But Cybereason believes RansomFree has what it takes to lead the charge against ransomware. The desktop program for Windows 7 and up (as well as Windows Server versions 2008 R2 and 2012) uses behavioral analysis instead of regularly updated malware definitions to fight the bad programs. Cybereason took a look at all the ransomware it could find, and analyzed the programs for common characteristics. It then built a program to monitor for those behaviors.
    RansomFree is a free download for home users directly from Cybereason’s site. The installation's fairly anti-climactic. It alerts you that the program placed some specially constructed files on your system that help RansomFree do its job.
    RansomFree is the free program that protects your PC against ransomware | PCWorld
    Last edited by Borg 386; 4 Weeks Ago at 06:18.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
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       4 Weeks Ago #2

    Good day.

    Thanks for the heads up.
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  3. Joined : May 2016
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       4 Weeks Ago #3

    Are you guys trying it?
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  4. Joined : Sep 2015
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       4 Weeks Ago #4

    I installed it this morning, but I have no intention of actually testing it.
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       4 Weeks Ago #5

    I installed it as well & no problems with the program so far.

    A couple more pages with further info on the program here:

    https://www.cybereason.com/blog-cybe...-held-hostage/

    https://www.cybereason.com/labs-blog...ware-blocking/
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       3 Weeks Ago #6

    I have installed it on a newly formatted PC. Can't say I like it that much. First, it install a service and then it creates a lot of folders with funny names on System root folder and it also creates some weird account names. I will keep it for future uses.
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #7

    Hi there

    Best protection against Ransomware if you are unfortunate enough to get a warning / indication that it's present on your machine is :

    1) Immediately Power OFF computer -- don't do any normal shutdown --power off as fast as possible

    2) Disconnect any peripheral devices / USB external HDD's and pull out any LAN cable if using LAN. If Wifi then simply disconnect router as well / switch off. OK if you have to have connection while repairing your computer use 3/4G signal from Phones.

    3) now Boot an HDD partitioning piece of software --if you know Linux then any Live distro is fine booted from a USB drive

    4) Soft low level format the HDD by writing X'00' on every sector - if more than one HDD do the same to all the HDD's

    6) now boot a recovery program like Macrium from USB

    7) Restore your OS from a CLEAN backup - and preferably your DATA too.

    8) job done. You can Boot windows normally again and re-establish Internet / LAN connections.

    If you don't take regular backups you are HOSED --so it's always good to take regular backups -- full backup OS + pgms say daily - typically shouldn't take too long around 15 - 30 mins and take incremental / differential backups of data as and when you need it.

    Believe me it's FAR FAR quicker to restore complete clean systems than mess around with any sort of cleansing programs.

    No A/V program will ever be 100% effective -- I believe a previous poster has made the point that if there were then we'd all be using it.

    Use A/V software - but once you get a notice of infection don't waste your time trying to cleanse the computer but just restore from a clean backup. It really is a lot quicker than messing around with cleansing programs which again can't be relied on to be 100% effective --especially when they are themselves run from an infected computer.

    With Ransomware SWITCH OFF AT ONCE - an ordely shutdown will allow the ransomware to go about it's malevolent purpose.

    Also USE computer safely - there's enough posts on this and other sites about how you can keep reasonably safe.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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       3 Weeks Ago #8

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    I have installed it on a newly formatted PC. Can't say I like it that much. First, it install a service and then it creates a lot of folders with funny names on System root folder and it also creates some weird account names. I will keep it for future uses.
    I noticed that, but so far my OS is running with no problems (knock on wood, just in case).

    I would have to guess it puts those files in there as either bait/detectors for any known ransomware activity.

    Hopefully the program will never need to be used but it's good to know there's another layer of protection in place. How well it works remains to be seen, time will tell. Let's hope it does a good job & stops a large portion of the ransomware out there.
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  9. Joined : Feb 2016
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       3 Weeks Ago #9

    According to thread on Wilderssecurity forums, this software is not yet ready to use. Problems with multi drive systems etc.
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  10. Joined : Apr 2015
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       3 Weeks Ago #10

    AndreTen said: View Post
    According to thread on Wilderssecurity forums, this software is not yet ready to use. Problems with multi drive systems etc.
    Interesting - thanks for the tip!
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