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Kudos0

Ransomeware

20170306-007-v5i32 and 20170306-007-v5i64 can protect the pc from Ransomeware?

Regards,

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Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

I'm seeing some free specialized anti-ransomware programs.  A few solid companies appear to be offering them.  They are specific to tracking ransomware and blocking it.

Are these worth adding to my desktop?

Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

I use HitmanPro.Alert on my machines.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

Interesting.  As a supplement to operate with Norton Internet Security?

I have seen Malwarebytes and Kaspersky offer something that is specific to just ransomware, but I frankly don't know if this layer is a good idea.  I'm nervous about ransomware, but I'm cautious about opening documents etc., up already.  My concern is some other way in that is not caught by standard AV.

Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

Symantec would probably say not to use any other security programs along side Norton for compatibility reasons but I believe in a layered approach, but then I'm also a security program enthusiast and like to play with different tools.

You use what you feel comfortable with, but if you keep a backup of all important files and regularly image your machine you shouldn't be paranoid about infection from ransomware.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

Krusty13:

I use HitmanPro.Alert on my machines.

 That creates problems for Norton Conclusion: protection weakens. Norton by itself has the best anti-exploit protection.  

Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

CorvusCorax47:
Krusty13:

I use HitmanPro.Alert on my machines.

 That creates problems for Norton Conclusion: protection weakens. Norton by itself has the best anti-exploit protection.  

Exactly what problems??

Unless you have confirmed incompatibilities your opinion means nothing.

In which case feel free to keep your opinion to yourself unless it is asked for.

Norton by itself has the best anti-exploit protection.

Ha!  Now, that's pretty funny!

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

CorvusCorax47:
Krusty13:

I use HitmanPro.Alert on my machines.

 That creates problems for Norton Conclusion: protection weakens. Norton by itself has the best anti-exploit protection.  

 Here's a copy of an old version of the HitmanPro.Alert Exploit Test Tool.  You tell me how well Norton performs.

hxxp://dl.surfright.nl/hmpalert-test.exe

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

I was hit with ransomware once.  I remember the screen all of a sudden had a big Department of Justice insignia on it.  It said I was doing "illegal internet activities," whatever the hell that means -- if looking at news stories in Yahoo is illegal.

It did not say my files were encrypted.  It just said that if I wanted my computer "unlocked" I would have to pay $300.

I got rid of it, thankfully.  Now, this occurred when I had a free AV.  I think I was using free Avast or free AVG.

Which led me to conclude -- you get what you pay for.  I went to paid Avira and then paid Norton, which I have now. 

Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

My last intrusion was similar or perhaps the same malware which was often referred to as the "FBI" malware with the FBI logo appearing on a solid blue background screen with the intimidating audio voice emanating from the speakers .

That was back in 2012, right before I switched to Norton AV.  I was running paid version ESET at the time.

I removed the affected HDD, installed my Clone HDD and was running normally in a few minutes.

That incident prompted me to switch AV's to Norton although there was no guarantee that Norton would have blocked that particular intrusion.

Since that time, Norton's track record has been A+ for my 2 Windows 7 PC's, with the only intrusion I've encountered since 2012 was that Firefox fake "update Firefox Now" malware that was making its rounds last year if I recall.  There were no ill effects. I recall a UAC prompt appeared with a JavaScript extension asking me "ok to run?". 

Windows 7x64 Home Premium OEM Ver / MoBo: ASUS P7P55D-E / CPU: Intel i5-650 / RAM: 16 Gb Corsair DDR3
Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

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Windows 7x64 Home Premium OEM Ver / MoBo: ASUS P7P55D-E / CPU: Intel i5-650 / RAM: 16 Gb Corsair DDR3
Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

I have to say that since using Norton beginning in March of 2014, I have had no issues.  It has had a good track record for me.

This is an observation mostly on the free AV programs: useless.  I don't think they work well and they never were able to prevent the more serious virus attacks.  Free just means you're taking a cheap risk, in my opinion.

Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

Norton's information on WanaCry states:

Customers should run LiveUpdate and verify that they have the following definition versions or later installed in order to ensure they have the most up-to-date protection:

  • 20170512.009

How do I verify this?

Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

Kudos to Symantec:

Independently confirmed by AV Comparatives that NS was capable of proactively protecting users from WannaCry prior to the outbreak without the need for any new specific signature definition.

"Proactive protection against the WannaCry ransomware"

http://weblog.av-comparatives.org/proactive-protection-wannacry-ransomware/

Simply Sonarious :-)

Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

dforrest:

Norton's information on WanaCry states:

Customers should run LiveUpdate and verify that they have the following definition versions or later installed in order to ensure they have the most up-to-date protection:

  • 20170512.009

How do I verify this?

Check your Norton History and use the LiveUpdate dropdown option. Scroll down until you see an SDS Definition  with a version number.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

Thanks Peter but I do not see any reference to an SDS Definition.

Kudos0

Re: Ransomeware

Try C:\Program Files\Norton Security with Backup\NortonData\22.9.0.71\Definitions\SDSDefs

Or Program Files (x86) depending on when you installed your Norton Security.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.

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