Cybercriminals were churning out new malware samples at a rate of more than 230,000 a day throughout 2015 ~ <source>
As I mentioned in a recent article, Ransomware is fast becoming one of the most widespread and dominant threats. There are ways to mitigate the threat of course, such as not clicking on unknown embedded links or not opening email attachments from unknown or unreliable sources, but even if one rigidly follows common security protocols, there is still a chance that a system can become infected with Ransomware.
Take Malvertising for example, which doesn’t require any user interaction to deliver its malicious payload. Just visiting an affected website is often enough. Malvertising is on the increase not only because it is an effective way to expose millions of systems but also because it’s very difficult to combat. So it’s unlikely that Malvertising will be going away any time soon.
During recent research on the topic, I discovered that most, but certainly not all, Premium antivirus products include some type of anti-ransomware protection. However, what is unclear is just how comprehensive or effective that protection might be. And if you’re using a free antivirus product, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are not protected against Ransomware at all.
WinAntiRansom Plus is a relatively new Premium software (launched December 20th, 2015) coming to us from the well respected WinPatrol stable and dedicated to protecting against all types of Ransomware.
WinAntiRansom employs a multi-layered defense to protect your computer and your valuable data from Ransomware attacks. At the core of WinAntiRansom is our powerful artificial intelligence engine that detects and blocks Ransomware better than any other product on the market.
As you can see from the above screenshot, WinAntiRansom Plus includes lots of configurable elements to protect the system. I could explain them to you but, in all honesty, you’re probably going to learn just as much, if not more, by visiting and reading through the home page here: https://www.winpatrol.com/winantiransom/.
And I suppose I’m not actually reviewing this product, more just making you aware of it. Besides the fact that I probably don’t have the know-how or resources to thoroughly test the software, I’m quite prepared to accept that, coming from such a well respected and trusted source, it’s pretty much bound to be top notch and as advertised. What I’m mainly here for is let you know about THE DEAL.
WinAntiRansom Plus is available for a limited time at the sensational price of just $29.95us for a LIFETIME license covering up to 5 PCs. But wait, there’s more! While perusing the home page a popup appeared offering a further 20% discount. I was sold. Yes, I was merely looking into the software with a view to writing this article and ended buying WinAntiRansom Plus for myself. I’m a sucker for a bargain.
*NOTE: It may take a little while for the 20% discount offer to popup. It seems to be pretty random, sometimes popping up after around 30 seconds or so but other times not until after several minutes. Just be patient, don’t leave the page, and it should eventually put in an appearance.
Here’s a comparison chart between WinAntiRansom Plus and its closest competitors (also available on the home page)
And a video of WinAntiRansom in action:
With so many different threats coming at us from a variety of different directions, balancing one’s defenses is becoming a bit of a juggling act. The “layered’ approach has always been advocated by experts, but just how many layers can a system sustain? One thing I know for sure, Ransomware is a nasty piece of work which often costs its victims dearly, either in terms of lost data or hard earned cash. It’s definitely one threat that all users would be happy to avoid.