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Discussion in 'Video Reviews' started by cruelsister, Nov 11, 2017.
Due to its canary files design RansomFree will have trouble with some forms of ransomware
On the plus side of RansomFree
Has little system impact
Is very easy to use, also for average PC user
Has a track record of causing no problems with other software
Usually updates a day after public notifications of new ransomware variants
For people putting their faith into a FREE antivirus with no advanced defenses like sandboxes/HIPS/ect, it is a great addition.
For informed PC users there are better alternatives.
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WS- RansomFree is by no means junk, and as I pointed out has improved a great deal over the past year. However the product relies far too much on definition detection (with a new def push into the Local base) which is problematic as it tends to hide a still immature mechanistic detection routine. As most ransomware authors have expectations for the lifespan of their malware to be 24 hours or less (and so will stop distribution after that timespan and morph the original), does detection at D+2 for a specific variant have any real world significance?
Although I do agree that there is a need for a dedicated anti-ransom app for those that rely on tradition AV's, Appcheck (free) or RansomOff will provide broader coverage..
No congestion or toxicity charge though.
I found that RansomFree used a lot of CPU. Anyone else see that?
I personally like RansomOff a lot. It is probably the best free option for power users. AppCheck free is also a great application. the free version allows a registry hack to protect more file extensions. The default list misses a few file etxtension. That is a pitty because AppCheck free is a great install and forget application suitable for average Joe/Jane also IF it was not for the missing file extensions (probably by design to pull people towards the paid variant).
So for average Joe/Jane we have RansomFree and AppCheck: not perfect protection for all documents, versus near perfect protection for not all documents, The constant day after updates of RansomFree makes mee lean towards RansomFree as the better solution for Average Joe/Jan (broader document protection than AppCheck). But every man/woman has to decide for them selves.
For power users RansOff is great, but it has to come out of beta first IMO.
Finally tried AppCheck and it looks great. They changed a feature in the Free version, MBR protection is now enabled. I depended a lot on video testing, they have a ton of examples. The one that sold it is Cerber. Tried a dozen times to get Ransomoff installed, it makes my Win7 machine unresponsive and needing a Reset.
Qihoo360+ComodoFirewall or KasperskyAntivirus+ComodoFirewall?.
So Cybereason RansomFree isn't totally useless, but Appcheck, and RansomOff are better? For AV the last two years I have used Bitdefender and Avira, but recently went back to Kaspersky (despite the recent bad press) which I used for many years before. Probably not a great setup, but right now I have the following running: Kaspersky AV, Malwarebytes Premium, Voodoo Shield, and Cybereason RansomFree. I also have Zemana AntiMalware as a on demand option. I use Ublock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere, and Privacy Badger also.
I don't know if VoodooShield is working properly as I went into the "User log" and tried to whitelist a "blocked" item, but it still says "blocked" in the log. I don't know if that's normal or not. Maybe a bug or I'm not quite understanding the program?
How to protect MFT?