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Kudos0

How well Norton protects from Ransomware?

Since I am a user of Norton Security, it of course contain Antivirus. However, I have not been encountered any type of viruses, fortunately. I praise to them for good work preventing infections from stupid people who writes coding for whatever gain. Ransomware comes to mind especially so called locky. I have very little knowledge on this area since it's different from anything else. Would the product be able to detect it? Is there anything that can be prevented? Is anyone working hard at researching and find a way to trace and what not? sorry for my english but i am what i am as how i write. thanks for reading.

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Kudos0

Re: How well Norton protects from Ransomware?

Hi, LibroStep. Norton has several layers of protection, but the best tips are to be careful not to click on links in suspicious sites and especially in unexpected emails sent to you.

Keep your virus definitions current by running Live Update manually, as soon as you log on.

Here is some more info, and some good suggestions.

http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/ransomware-how-stay-safe

Windows 10 Home X 64
Kudos0

Re: How well Norton protects from Ransomware?

Hello f4e, thanks for responding. but what did you mean by running live update manually?
Kudos0

Re: How well Norton protects from Ransomware?

As soon as you log in to the desktop, right click your Norton icon in the System Tray,  and select Run Live Update.

That will give you the most recent definitions, and from then on you can leave Norton to update itself.

I do this each time I log on. 

Windows 10 Home X 64
Kudos0

Re: How well Norton protects from Ransomware?

Hello LibroStep,

1. The following screenshots (a complete process of upgrading NS) would walk you through how to run LiveUpdate (LU) manually: check out the "Show hidden icons" in the notification area > right click on yr NS client > hit said LU > follow the onscreen wizard to update yr NS.

(NOTE: Norton would also request additional actions to apply some "huge" updates, components and alike. For example, restarting itself, even a system reboot.)

2. As for the term Virus, please view this Norton support page. Because, apparently computer viruses are different with FakeAV (trojware) and the said Ransomware (trojware).

(A sample of FakeAV)

(Credit: digitaltrends.com)

(Image Credit: Payments Industry Intelligence Group)

Additionally, below are some other 'half-fakealert malware', which would lead to adware infection.

(Downloaded file: adobe_flash_player-69197087.exe; MD5, 7e9388d94b5bced839b65c1a70549772; detection ratio, 25 / 56)

Last but not least, as usual, beware of those risky apps and their variants in the Internet. Extra real examples are WeatherBug (for Windows), MyPC Backup (for Windows), ask com's affiliate members and more.

Just slow down yr mouse (click), and enjoy the web.

Take care... :)

PUP Hunter PRO: Just TRYING to save the world (U) from cyber threats, A single blog post, at a time, and ONCE & FOR ALL. (A fan of Nadia_Kovacs)
Kudos0

Re: How well Norton protects from Ransomware?

Keep your virus definitions current by running Live Update manually, as soon as you log on.

That's impossible, isn't it? When i start my computer and a the same time starts NS it has to be normal, that NS will search for the latest virus definitions automatically and not manually!!! When you are back from a 3 weeks holiday, you start your engine and have already forgotten to search via manually LU for the latest virus definitions that means, you are walking through the WWW with definitions, which are 3 weeks old? I made the experience during the last few days, that sometimes it take about 2 hrs after engine has started, till the virus definitions have been updated automatically!

What the hell can happen within these 2 hours? Norton, that is the worst procedure i have ever seen from a leading anti virus company!

Kudos1 Stats

Re: How well Norton protects from Ransomware?

There a setting for that.

Auto Task Delay.Jim

Kudos2 Stats

Re: How well Norton protects from Ransomware?

The most important safeguard, by far, is to backup your system entirely.  You can do this with a disk imaging product such as Macrium Reflect which, like several other similar products, is available in both a free and a paid version.  Backup a disk image to an external drive and keep the drive disconnected from the PC when not in use (you don't want ransomware encrypting your backups along with your original files).  If you should happen to get infected (and there is always a chance no matter how many precautions you take) you can then remove the malware and restore your system from the backup.

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