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#1 Jaycan

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 04:37 PM

In light of the current ransomware attacks is Windows Defender (updated daily and set as active) enough?

 

Daily scans with AdwCleaner and Malwarebytes Free on this Win8.1 unit but Pro Version on my other Win7.1 unit have not found anything for years.

 

The question is basically, is it time to ditch Defender, or is it OK when updated daily or almost daily.

 

I have read the basic "I Prefer" answers from other people, but is either Defender or others greatly recommended.

 

Thanks for general advice.



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Posted 28 June 2017 - 05:27 PM

Windows Defender and most anti-virus solutions do not provide sufficient protection against ransomware.

The best defensive strategy to protect yourself from malware and ransomware (crypto malware) infections is a comprehensive approach to include prevention and your best defense is back up, back up, and more back up on a regular basis. Preferably keeping a separate, offline backup to a device that is not always connected to the network.For more suggestions to protect yourself from ransomware infections, see my comments (Post #2) in this topic...Ransomware Avoidance...it includes a list of prevention tools.

Crypto malware and other forms of ransomware are typically spread through some type of "user interaction"...opening a malicious email attachment, executing a malcious file, via web exploits, exploit kits, malvertising campaigns and drive-by downloads when visiting compromised web sites. RDP bruteforce attacks against servers are also an increasing common malware vector especially by those involved with the development and spread of ransomware.

Just like with anti-virus programs...there is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-ransomware solution to supplement your existing security protection.

Security is all about layers and not depending on any one solution, technology or approach to protect yourself from cyber-criminals. The most important layer is you...the first and last line of defense and security is a constant effort to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.
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Posted 28 June 2017 - 06:31 PM

Thank you quietman7

 

It looks like I have a few changes to make, even though this is a personal computer with very little to protect I will make a backup after I finish here.

 

Then I will try and follow "most" of your advice.  :hello:



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Posted 28 June 2017 - 07:19 PM

You're welcome and good luck.
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