Re: RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware #software #freeware


Carlos
 


Yes, changing the association of the .js extension is a reasonable precaution.

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From: Gene
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

I'd have to read the article again.  I believe you are right but when I saw the title of the article, I didn't pay enough attention to the details in the article because the title matched what I appeared to be looking for. 
 
The discussion of changing how js files opens appears to me to be a good precaution.  What do you think?
 
Gene
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From: Carlos
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

But even this method requires opening an attached Java script which I as an experienced user, would never do.  I am not saying that experienced users can never become infected, but being informed offers significant protection and I have personally managed to avoid any debilitating infections for several years now.
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From: Gene
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

The following article briefly mentions various ways ransomeware can spread.  it also discusses a way that was evidently new or quite new when this article was written.  It illustrates why I believe that even experienced users should use antimalware programs.  If you don't, you may be infected and even if you have good backups, you may still have consequences such as passwords stolen before you realize you are infected and restore from a backup.  Using antimalware programs doesn't guarantee you won't be infected but it can help a lot to reduce the chances if you run good quality antimalware programs.
 
If avoiding malware were easy, such as just not opening attachments in messages, I wouldn't bother with antimalware programs.  But many times, malware can be spread with the user doing nothing except visiting a malicious web site or a site with hacked advertising. 
 
Gene
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From: Carlos
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

That may be the primary method used to distribute ransomware, but it may not be the only way and keep in mind that it is not just one specific virus.  There are several variants in circulation and I'm sure others will be developed.  I don't think you can depend on Email being the only medium which will be used to spread this kind of attack.
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Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:05 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

My limited understanding of this virus was it is send in a link and or attachment in an email.

Again I don’t think you can get it directly from visiting a site, please correct me if I am wrong.

cheers

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave Mitchel
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2016 7:20 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

 

I’m sure there are people out there going places they really need this thing. not that they are testing it, but just go to sites better left alone. smiles.

I’ll download it and then keep it handy and probably install it either later today or tomorrow.

thanks for this Carlos. have a great day

 

From: Carlos

Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 10:15 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

 

True enough, and I can certainly understand wanting to wait for some reviews, but it seems to be light on resources so I don't mind leaving it running in the background.  Although I may not be the best person for testing such tools since I'm pretty good about avoiding malware infections.  It will have to be tested by specialists who intentionally infect machines with ransomware to see how well it truly performs.

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From: Dave Mitchel

Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 1:02 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

 

hmm, I’m wondering if I should download it and give it a try, but how does a person know if it is working? someone has to try to hijack your files before you even know if it works...right?

it is free so that part is good, but I think I’ll wait for a while and see more reviews. I like the idea of the program and hope reviews are forthcoming soon.

thanks Carlos.

 

From: Carlos

Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 9:29 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

 

I took a quick look and basically found more or less what I was expecting.  There are some positive references about the tool and the company itself, but it seems that the program has been only recently released so it is too soon for there to be much in the way of reviews at this point.

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From: Carlos

Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 11:34 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

 

Hi Dave,

Not really.  The product seems to be fairly new and I just found it last night while browsing SnapFiles.  I'll look around when I have a chance and see if there are any reviews, but it may be too soon.

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From: Dave Mitchel

Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 9:29 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

 

Carlos,

have you done any research on this product? I see the price is right which was quite a surprise to me. lol

Have you seen any reviews on it?

Dave

 

From: Carlos

Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 1:01 AM

Subject: [TechTalk] RansomFree - Protect your computer from ransomware

 

Here is an interesting security tool which might be worth a look.

 

Description from SnapFiles:

 

Cybereason RansomFree is a security application that protects you from ransomeware, which are malicious programs that
encrypt the files on your computer, making them inaccessible, and demand a ransom payment to restore access. Cybereason RansomFree watches the way applications
interact with files, and when it detects ransomware behavior, it stops it immediately before the files are encrypted. The application uses pure behavioral
detection techniques and does not rely on malware signatures. Once you install RansomFree, you are automatically protected, there is no interface and no
configuration options other than a tray icon that indicates that the protection is active.

 

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