Solved Do I have enough Ransomware Countermeasures?

September 29, 2017 at 16:14:23
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Intel Core-2, 8GB RAM
Is 'Privatefirewall', 'Panda Free Antivirus', & SPI-based hardware firewall enough to stop ransomware attacks, or do I need to also install 'Cryptoprevent' and/or other ransomware-specific countermeasures?

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#1
September 30, 2017 at 02:59:53
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Firewalls and AV software won't protect your system from Ransomware.

You need to install Ransomware protection:

http://uk.pcmag.com/software/89011/...


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#2
September 30, 2017 at 06:13:01
If you're still running WinXP, you'll never get adequate protection due to lack of support. Not only from Microsoft, but most anti-virus developers no longer produce products for XP. Plus I don't believe there's a safe browser for XP anymore. IE8 was unsafe a long time ago & Chrome, Firefox, & Opera are, or already have ended support. The best way to protect yourself would be to dump XP & replace it with Windows 7 or newer, or Linux.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/k...


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#3
September 30, 2017 at 09:52:50
It is very important to maintain backups of your files. This will also protect you from hardware failure and other causes of data loss as well.

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#4
October 1, 2017 at 07:24:31
But don't leave your backup HD on all the time or that could get encrypted by Ransomware at the same time.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#5
October 1, 2017 at 10:44:50
As mentioned, physical disconnection of the drive is best. People often ask for some software method that will be more convenient. This is flawed in principle. The problem is that they are only software. Anything you can do with software, malware can do as well. And malware authors are experts in evading software protection methods.

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