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  1.    26 Jan 2016 #1
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    Introducing the Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta




    For the last four years, ransomware has evolved into one of the biggest threats to cyber security that Iíve seen in a long time. Names like CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, and CTBLocker keep average computer users and IT security Jedis alike up at night. For good reason: Ransomware is cunning, effective, and proliferating, and the cyber security industry hasnít really had an answer for it.

    But weíve got one now.

    Ransomware is easy to understand but hard to beat. It infects the machine, encrypts all files and then demands payment to get the files back. Ransomware works so well that most variants will even remove themselves when the damage is done, knowing you have the choice of either paying the ransomware author to get your files back, or risk losing them forever.

    The ransomware we see today is so sophisticated that the advanced encryption it uses makes it impossible to get your files back without paying the ransom. Even using backup systems isnít an effective countermeasure because ransomware would actively look for different types of backup systems and encrypt them, too.

    Most of todayís security software simply cannot protect you from ransomware. Ransomware does not act like traditional malware: some are automatically updated every day, and even use polymorphic (shapeshifting!) code to evade detection. This makes it exceedingly hard to detect.

    This is the type of challenge we love. When ransomware hit the headlines, we immediately started looking for a long-term answer.

    Our answer started with a company named EasySync Solutions, owned by Nathan Scott, which created an application called CryptoMonitor.

    CryptoMonitor was doing an excellent job of stopping ransomware at that time, but having a few ideas of our own, we acquired EasySync Solutions and hired Nathan to come work on stopping ransomware for us. Nathan has been leading the anti-ransomware technology development at Malwarebytes for the last few months.

    Now Iím stoked to announce that after months of late nights and a few hundred gallons of Red Bull, Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware is ready for beta testing.



    Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware uses advanced proactive technology that monitors what ransomware is doing and stops it cold before it even touches your files. It has no shot at encrypting. And it does not rely on signatures or heuristics, so itís light and completely compatible with antivirus.

    These methods proved to be so successful at stopping ransomware that Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware detected all of the latest and most dangerous ransomware variants right out of development and into beta 1.

    This means when running Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, you do not have to worry about getting infected by CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, or CTBLocker. Better yet, it can defeat new ransomware the moment it is released, proactively protecting you from ransomware thatís never even been seen before.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware open beta starts today and is available for anyone to install and try out. Please keep in mind that this is the first beta and there may be some bugs or issues that need to be worked out, so we encourage you to try it out in a non-production environment first.

    Any comments, feedback, or bug reports are welcome. You can find more information about participating in the Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware beta HERE.




    Source: Introducing the Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta | Malwarebytes Unpacked


    Download: Introducing Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware - Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta - Malwarebytes Forum
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  2.    26 Jan 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Talk about providing no information as to how this is supposed to work...general information would be fine. Also, there's something in the "known issues" about the service not installing on upgrades from Win8 to Win10...does that mean it won't run under Win10? It could mean a lot of things...please clarify. Far too little information to excite a lot blind beta-testing I should think...
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  3.    26 Jan 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Well,, just installed it and let's see how it goes.
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  4.    26 Jan 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    Well,, just installed it and let's see how it goes.

    Hopefully you'll never need to find out if it works or not. ☺
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  5.    26 Jan 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    Hopefully you'll never need to find out if it works or not. ☺
    Totally agree but it can't hurt to have it.
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  6.    26 Jan 2016 #6
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    Maybe it's time for me to invest in a paid version.
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  7.    26 Jan 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltc View Post
    Talk about providing no information as to how this is supposed to work...general information would be fine. Also, there's something in the "known issues" about the service not installing on upgrades from Win8 to Win10...does that mean it won't run under Win10? It could mean a lot of things...please clarify. Far too little information to excite a lot blind beta-testing I should think...
    I think what they are saying is if you are running Win8 and install Anti-Ransomware then upgrade to Win10 that Anti-Ransomware will not be there when you open up Win10.

    I have it installed on a Win10 system.
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  8.    26 Jan 2016 #8
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    It is BETA software... For testing... Not a paid version yet..

    And as said - Hope you never need it...

    And it appears if you upgrade OS, you will need to reinstall program..

    That is my take from the Beta forum
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  9.    26 Jan 2016 #9
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    Windows 10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    Totally agree but it can't hurt to have it.
    Installed and it flagged CC Cleaner 5.14, both 32 and 64 bit and quarantined. Could not remove from Quarantine w/o reboot which deleted .exe. So, added them to exclusions, restarted so quarantine could clean and delete and re-installed. This a a pretty basic program for many of us to get tagged. (
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  10.    27 Jan 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgeek View Post
    Could not remove from Quarantine w/o reboot which deleted .exe.
    That part is quite annoying. I tested CCleaner64.exe also and could not stop it deleting it as the button to override doesn't work yet.

    You can copy the exe to desktop, add a quarantine rule, reboot (which deletes it) and then copy the exe back. That is easier than reinstalling (perhaps).

    If you look on their forums there is a whole list of programs being flagged as false positive as well as CCleaner - ESET, McAfee, Norton, Google chrome, Firefox, hostsman, superantispyware...

    Obviously it is still beta and getting reports of these false positives is what they are after...
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