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Ransom ware and SSD's


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#1 mpm414

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:59 PM

I got the FBI trojan about 6 months ago. As soon as it came up I hit control, alt,delete and halted the process. I was then able to run Malware Bytes and remove the trojan. My question is: Can having a solid state drive contain the trojan without it infecting the rest of your files? I know that it will not let a virus spread so I wanted to know if this was the reason that I was able to remove the trojan so easily or was this just an anomoly? Are there any programs available that can deny or prevent the trojan from infecting your files? I am currently running Symantec (Norton) 360 and Malware Bytes. Can you suggest anything else that will deny the ransom ware?



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:41 PM

Emsisoft Anti-Malware is an excellent choice for protecting your computer. EAM uses three security levels (or layers) in order to provide protection. These layers are made up of: surf protection, a dual-engine file guard, and advanced behavioral analysis. For more information, please refer to How Emsisoft Anti-Malware works. A fully functional 30 day trial version is available for download.

There is a lengthy discussion in this topic: Cryptolocker Hijack program. Fabian Wosar, Security Developer for Emsisoft has provided a lot of information about that particular ransomeware and others. Emsisoft Anti-Malware's behavioral analysis should stop malicious files before they can do any harm.
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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:54 PM

IMHO, SSD is no protection against ransomware. If FBI malware could infect your PC, it is time to think about a better protection strategy.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:58 PM

IMHO, SSD is no protection against ransomware. If FBI malware could infect your PC, it is time to think about a better protection strategy.

Thank you for your reply. I was not asking if an SSD should be part of my computers defense angainst trojans, rather if its lack of a file string made it easier for me to remove the FBI trojan when it hit my machine. The real question in my mind is are SSD's better against trojans than mechaical hard drives?



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 05:04 AM

I got the FBI trojan about 6 months ago. As soon as it came up I hit control, alt,delete and halted the process. I was then able to run Malware Bytes and remove the trojan.

If you had the $30 Lifetime MBAM Pro Version, I believe this would stop it, but I do not believe just a SSD would help in any way. Having said that, I am open to other ideas on the subject -

 

My view is that they are just storage units and if you feed X into it, I think it would accept X as standard.

 

The protection (Antivirus or Antimalware) would need to prevent the .exe from activating, regardless of your Hard Drive version. I have seen SSDs in Am I Infected with minor problems quite a few times.

 

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 05:20 AM

 its lack of a file string

What are you meaning here? A SSD is a data storage device in the same way as a mechanical hard drive.


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