JB007

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Hello,
The new 25 version of Bitdefender did not continue to provide "safe files" protection but there is a possibility to restore the encrypted files.
How works this restoration ? And is it really effective ?
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Solarquest

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Thanks @The Cog in the Machine
I'm waiting for @Solarquest answer.

Apparently Bitdefender removed safe files.


"My Bitdefender contact explained that “less used and timeworn secondary functionalities have been removed…as part of a continuous revision in terms of user needs.” Also dropped are the Safe Files component, which aimed to balk ransomware by banning unauthorized changes to protected files, and the File Vault encryption system. Note that enhanced Ransomware Remediation takes up the slack left by removing Safe Files. In testing, it proved effective."

Bitdefender should automatically upgrade to the new version when available but it still didn't on any of my systems.
I finally decided to "force" the update and just installed the latest 25 version on my VM and will test it in the next days vs new MW/RW.
 
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JB007

Level 21
Verified
Apparently Bitdefender removed safe files.


"My Bitdefender contact explained that “less used and timeworn secondary functionalities have been removed…as part of a continuous revision in terms of user needs.” Also dropped are the Safe Files component, which aimed to balk ransomware by banning unauthorized changes to protected files, and the File Vault encryption system. Note that enhanced Ransomware Remediation takes up the slack left by removing Safe Files. In testing, it proved effective."

Bitdefender should automatically upgrade to the new version when available but it still didn't on any of my systems.
I finally decided to "force" the update and just installed the latest 25 version on my VM and will test it in the next days vs new MW/RW.
Thanks @Solarquest for your explanations.
I look forward to the results of your tests hoping that the restoration is as effective as the safe files.
 

Solarquest

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I just run a quick test with few older RW samples and realtime shield disabled: the RW protection&remediation seems to work , at least on documents and picture folder.....files on desktop and downloads were protected but not .exe nor on .lnk files....at the end the DemonWare ransomware defeated Bit and also .zip, .txt, .doc files were encrypted on desktop and in downloads folders (.jpg, and .png were still safe).
 

JB007

Level 21
Verified
I just run a quick test with few older RW samples and realtime shield disabled: the RW protection&remediation seems to work , at least on documents and picture folder.....files on desktop and downloads were protected but not .exe nor on .lnk files....at the end the DemonWare ransomware defeated Bit and also .zip, .txt, .doc files were encrypted on desktop and in downloads folders (.jpg, and .png were still safe).
Thanks @Solarquest (y)
Hum:(, so we can conclude that the new RW protection&remediation is less efficient than the previous "safe files" ?:unsure:
 
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Solarquest

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Thanks @Solarquest (y)
Hum:(, so we can conclude that the new RW protection&remediation is less efficient than the previous "safe files" ?:unsure:
It's too early to say......as of now, considering documents and pictures folder were safe, it looks like it's the same as before, just one new name for the RW protection....but you cannot add additional folders to the "safe" ones.
 
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