Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works

opinions on ransomware prevention programs?

  • Please log in to reply




  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 83 posts

I hope it's ok to post this here, I can't really see another place to put it. I don't have a problem yet, but I keep getting offers for programs to protect me from ransomware. I'm just wondering what the experts on here think- is it something most people need to worry about, and if so, what program is the best to use to protect yourself from it? Thanks so much!

  • 0




    GeekU Admin

  • Community Leader
  • 25,310 posts

:alarm:  Prevention:

  • Never, not ever open an email attachment you are not certain about.
  • Check attachments before opening
  1. Forward the email message with the attachment intact to [email protected] (limit is 10 MB)
  2. Delete the full body of the message text
  3. Write SCAN in the Subject field of the forwarded message
  4. Send the email.
    VT will scan the attachment with more than 50 virus/malware scanners and email you back with a virus report within a few minutes.

:idea:  Protection:

  • Install a good Anti-virus, one that scans your email also, if you use an email client such as outlook or Thunderbird. Only install one A/V, as a second will slow your system down and neither will work properly
  • Install Ransomware protection software: CryptoPrevent and MalwareBytes Anti-Ransomware - both are free and will work together
  • Consider installing MBAM, the paid version is particularly effective and will block rogue websites (some a/v do also)

:yes: Change your Browsing habits

  • Check urls before you click on them using browser extensions:
  1. WebOfTrust
  2. VirusTotal

Stay safe



  • 0




  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 83 posts

Thanks for the advice and input. I do already have MBAM installed and I'll get the other two installed as well!

  • 0

Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP