GridinSoft Anti-Ransomware, introduction of a new tool
Why Ransomware is so dangerous and how to protect your computer against such threat
In our time, when almost every home in the world has a computer, internet security play very important role. Hackers and cybercriminals are developing new ways to infect computers. Almost five years ago they have created a new type of malicious software, which is called Ransomware. And during all this time it had developed into one of the most serious and dangerous threats. The IT World was shaken when this type of malware hit the market, it was something new, effective, cunning, hard to beat. For the last few years, a lot of people have tried to solve the problem of Ransomware infection to create a perfect protection.
When ransomware appeared at the first time, it was something new and unknown for everyone. The good news is that from the inside, this type of malware is easy to understand. The bad news is that this knowledge won’t actually help you to beat the infection. The algorithm of ransomware is quite simple – it infects the machine, encrypts files and them blackmailing a user to pay the ransom fee. If he pays it, in most cases, the extortionists will provide him with decryption code. If he refuses to pay the fee, then the files will be lost forever. The demanded amount of money can be different each time, from few bucks to several thousands of bucks. During the last few years, cyber criminals have started to use bitcoins and victims now have to pay the ransom by using this cryptocurrency. It is almost impossible to track the owner of a particular address, which is why this currency became so popular.
This algorithm is changing and evolving almost every day. Today’s ransomware is very effective in encryption of files, some can use several different methods of encryption to make the analysis and decryption more difficult. There are also ransomware that can change themselves daily, perform updates. Hackers are using obfuscation of the code to make it harder to read and understand for malware analysists. There are even some samples that can block SafeBoot of your computer or a recovery process, which will make practically impossible to return your files on 100% without paying the ransom fee. Not any local or online backing up services won’t be able to cure your system of this infection.
This behavior not only makes the ransomware more difficult to beat, but also harder to protect from it. Because of the obfuscation and daily updates, malware analysists are having a hard time finding the answers. Some representatives of ransomware are able to change their code, to avoid detection at all. There was even one who infected Master Boot Record section on your hard drive.
In conclusion about Ransomware
Unfortunately, the era of ransomware is far from over, hackers have found a mother load of profit. People are ready to pay the demanded release fee to return their files and information. And most of the security software can’t protect you from this infection. And today we are presenting our own solution in ransomware protection – GridinSoft Anti-Ransomware!
We are happy to inform, that GridinSoft Anti-Ransomware is ready for a free beta release! Everyone can download it from our official website and test it.
The idea is to create the program, that will be able to block any attempt of encrypting the files. And with your help, we will be able to achieve that goal as fast as possible. Remember, every feedback can be viral and useful, they will help us make the product better. Note that the beta release may contain bugs, but we will do our best to improve our product and give your computers the full protection.