Lately ransomware attacks have been receiving a lot of attention in the media, forcing users and businesses to pay a ransom. Simply the best way to protect yourself is by using the top ransomware protection tools. Luckily for you, we have put together our top five picks.
5. Webroot Antivirus
If you want ransomware protection with less of an impact on your system resources, Webroot Antivirus is a great option. While most antivirus software takes up more than 500 megabytes of space, Webroot only uses 15 megabytes. Instead of downloading each malware definition to your PC, they’re stored in the cloud because those definitions are stored in the cloud. They claim a scan of your computer is 60 times faster than its competitors. In addition to the enhanced anti-ransomware features it includes webcam protection, real-time anti-phishing and identity theft protection. Webroot is available for both Windows and macOS with a 14-day free trial.
4. BitDefender Antivirus Plus
BitDefender Antivirus Plus is available for Windows and macOS, overall it’s the best security solution with real-time data protection from viruses, trojan, spyware, zero day exploits and ransomware. To prevent ransomware from getting on your system, it blocks malicious URLs and known malware. Their save file feature only allows programs you trust from accessing files and folders and their threat protection blocks anything including ransomware that could exploit any vulnerabilities. BitDefender does have a free edition, sadly it does not include ransomware protection features. The only con is that it uses a lot of system resources, so it’s not suitable for older computers. BitDefender offers a 30 day free trial.
3. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware
ZoneAlarm is perfect for those of you satisfied with your current antivirus program wanting something solely dedicated to attacking ransomware. It’s extremely easy to use with no complicated settings to adjust. Unlike most security programs it’s compatible with other antivirus software, so it can be run at the same time with no conflicts. In addition it’ll automatically restore any files that were encrypted and with its PC shield feature, it will block any attempts to lock your PC. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware is only available for windows.
2. Eset NOD32 Antivirus
Eset NOD32 is for control freaks not for beginners. This program is intended for advanced users with tons of controls and settings. making it highly customizable. It’s packed full of features, their real-time protection prevents every type of malware including ransomware, it uses minimal power and includes a battery saving mode and won’t do updates to its software while you’re running any program or playing a game in full screen mode. Eset offers a 30-day free trial to test out their program and is available for Windows and Mac with limited support for Linux.
1. NeuShield Data Sentinel
Instead of prevention, NeuShield Data Sentinel is more focused on the recovery phase after a ransomware attack to ensure that you have a quick recovery. NeuShield complements and can be run alongside your favorite antivirus software, its mirror shield feature is very clever. To protect your data it makes attackers believe that they’re accessing your computer’s original files when in reality they’re actually only seeing a mirror image of them. After an attack you get your computer operational again without wasting too much time, their one-click restore makes it easy to undo any negative changes allowing you to quickly regain access to your computer. It also protects the boot portion of your drive preventing aggressive types of ransomware from taking over the boot process and writing to the boot record. Available for windows only, NeuShield Data Sentinel has three editions – free home and business. With all three you get the key basic features, with the home edition you get larger file support, cloud management and one-click restore and windows server support is only available in the business edition.
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Author: Nicholas Becker
I have been a freelance writer for almost 12 months. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a BA, double majoring in English Literature and Italian and minoring in Journalism and Media Communications.