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#1 artician

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:16 AM

EDIT- I should have put this in the Malware forum.  Any mods able to move my thread?

 

 

Does a reliable scanner exist for ransomware?

 

I don't like applications sitting in the background on my machine, such as anti-virus "real-time protection".  Just wondering if it's even possible.

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:27 AM

I know of several that offer protection but they do run in the background like AV and are specific for ransomware. This is how they protect you: by running in the background to monitor system activity in real time.

If you mean a scanner that will remove ransomware after the fact, there are a few that are available for a few specific strains of ransomware.

 


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:16 AM

Why do you dislike applications sitting in the background on my machine? If you want to be protected from ransomware then that's one of the few ways that it can be done. If something does not sit in the background, as you say, it cannot protect you when you run a malicious file. Anything else is only reactive after the file has already done it's work.

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 12:49 PM

Thank you for the replies.  That's kind of what I was afraid of.

 

I don't let programs run in the background because I don't trust them.  I believe most software manufacturers distribute their software for free, in exchange for data mining your computer, and I don't accept that.



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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:45 PM

Out of curiosity, what operating system do you run?
 
There was a report done on what antiviruses send what, you can find it here.

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:46 PM

Your right. In some cases opting out of the mining may be possible.

 

http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/avc_datasending_2014_en.pdf


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:54 PM

Thank you for sharing that!  I've been a privacy advocate for a long time, and I'm really glad someone cared enough to look into this.  I've tried to research what software is sending what on my machine (because I often don't have a choice when installing things I need for work), and I reached a point where it's just too draining to keep up with technology and tools.  I would really like to live my life instead of becoming an IT professional, so my desire for privacy has instead turned into a paranoia over the years that is really harmful to my happiness and productivity.

Thank you very much for sharing this.



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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:29 PM

Read through the EULA before continuing with a install. If you look around you can always find similar alternatives to software that may work better for you.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 03:58 PM

For the best defensive strategy to protect yourself from malware and ransomware (crypto malware) infections, see my comments (Post #2) in this topic...Ransomware Avoidance.
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