Ransomware is an evil malware that encrypts the victim’s files and then requests payment in return for the key to decrypt the encrypted data. Initially popular in Russia, the use of ransomware has grown internationally and has gone mainstream with several high-profile attacks. It’s the no. 1 rising cyber threat to the modern world at the moment. In 2016, ransomware cos individuals and businesses over $1 billion and was the fastest growing cyber threat. An effective proactive anti-ransomware is desperately needed for both personal and business.
Designed by Cybereason, a security firm, RansomFree is a free anti-ransomware tool that detects and blocks ransomware, available for machines running Windows 7 to Windows 10, including Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012.
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How it works
After studying the typical pattern of how ransomware behaves, Cybereason has developed a unique behavioral approach to stop ransomware in its tracks. The company claims that RansomFree can stop 99% of ransomware strains which includes those that have not yet been seen.
RansomFree starts by creating randomly-named folders on the infected system, which will act as honeypots. These folders are named with characters including ~ and !, as they are low on the ASCII table, and will be the first ones to be encrypted by the ransomware. If you check what’s inside these folders, you will see a bunch of randomly created files in different formats acting like business files that matter to the ransomware.
Should the files in these folders be encrypted anytime, RansomFree detects the originating process of the attack and suspends it. It will display a popup that warns users that their files are at risk and lets the user stop the attack with one click.
Download and install
The program is easy to download and install on any Windows based computer. Just download the tool, confirm the installation and you are all set to be protected.
Demo to see RansomFree in action
By looking at the information Cybereason provides, RansomFree could be your first defense to the ransomware. But despite the promise made by RansomFree, it’s always recommended having a solid backup of all your files as well as the normal precaution you always need to carry whenever you go on the internet.