is a security tool that writes 200+ group policy object rules into the registry in order to prevent executables in specific locations from running. CryptoPrevent can be used to lock down any Windows OS to prevent infection
by crypto ransomware which encrypts personal files and then offers decryption for a paid ransom. CryptoPrevent artificially implants hundreds of group policy object rules into the registry
in order to block executables (*.exe, *.com *.scr and *.pif) and fake file extension executables in certain locations (i.e. %AppData%, %LocalAppData%, %userprofile%, %programdata%, Recycle Bin, Startup Folder) from running. Due to the way that CryptoPrevent works, it protects against a wide variety of malware and ransomware. There are several levels of protection but most users only need to use the default setting - "Set it and forget it" protection
. The Free Edition allows you to manually check for updates regularly by using the update function inside the program. CryptoPrevent Premium
offers automatic updates to the program and definitions, email alerts, and customized prevention rules for a one time low price.
CryptoPrevent has a filter module (in the installer version) which allows you to apply (enable) or disable suspicious program filtering for .cpl, .scr and .pif files which are executable files. This option is found by opening CryptoPrevent and selecting Advanced > show Advanced Options at the top. The portable version does NOT include the Filter Module...you must get the installer version to use that feature.
You should periodically check for and update to the latest version using the program’s internal update function in the top menu to stay current with the latest methodology in preventing this (and other) malware. After update, re-apply the protection to your system. It is not necessary to undo the previous protection before doing this, or even to uninstall the app before updating. If you have an older version of the app before the update functionality was introduced, just download and install the latest version, then re-apply protection.
Another nice tool is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard
. There is an entire topic devoted to it with questions any answers by an Authorized SurfRight Rep.
* CryptoGuard prevents your files from being taken hostage
I use both on all my computers.