Free new anti-ransomware tool released

Free new anti-ransomware tool released

RansomFree can help protect your PC’s files with an algorithm for detecting ransomware-like behaviours.

Cybereason has released RansomFree, a free Windows anti-ransomware tool that uses behaviour monitoring to watch your system for ransomware-like actions, detecting and suspending any malicious process once encryption starts.

RansomFree is exceptionally easy to install and use. There are no setup options, no scheduling tools, no lists of drives or folders: you just install the program and leave it to do its work.

Cybereason says RansomFree works in part by adding “specially crafted files” to your system drive. We noticed, for example, a couple of new Documents subfolders containing files of various target types (images, Office documents).

RansomFree is a true “set and forget” tool. You can read an “About” box, but that’s essentially it.

Presumably these dummy files are intended to act as a buffer: ransomware encrypts them first, giving RansomFree time to detect what’s going on before any real files are lost.

Cybereason says RansomFree’s detection algorithm is based on analysis of more than 40 ransomware strains, and a very quick first test suggests it will block most of the major threats.

How long this protection will last is difficult to say. We suspect ransomware authors will quickly find ways to detect, disable or bypass RansomFree entirely. But even if that happened, and Cybereason never update the program again, it’ll still offer capable protection against older threats, and that’s more than enough to justify the download.

RansomFree is available now for Windows 7 and later.

This article originally appeared at

Source: Copyright Software Crew

See more about:  free software  |  freeware  |  ransomware  |  security  |  smb security guide 2017
Sign up to the BIT newsletter!
Our newsletter gives you the tech advice you need to make the right decisions for your small and medium business.

Latest Comments

Latest articles on iTnewsLatest iTnews Articles
Landmark Australian ruling on what counts as 'personal information'
19 Jan 2017
Privacy Commissioner knocked back in metadata case.
SuperChoice bets big on cloud
19 Jan 2017
Ties infrastructure overhaul to regulatory demand.
US sues Oracle over alleged pay discrimination
19 Jan 2017
Government contracts could be cancelled.
Newly-discovered Mac malware runs ancient code
19 Jan 2017
"Fruitfly" also likely to affect Linux.
Could the reflection off your sunnies be used to control your smartphone?
18 Jan 2017
Novel hand gesture recognition technique in development.