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Windows 7: Extra help to block ransomware (no disk encryption unless keyboard OK)

07 Jan 2015   #1

Dual boot - Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit
Extra help to block ransomware (no disk encryption unless keyboard OK)

The Sunday NY Times Week in Review (Jan 4, 2015) had an article about someone’s mother having to pay Bitcoin ransom in a ransom malware encryption attack.

At home, what should I do to prevent a ransom encryption attack, in addition to Avast AV (on my home Win 7 Pro 64-bit and my home XP Pro SP3) or Windows Defender (on my home Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit)?

One of the readers asked whether there’s an app that prevents encryption of a disk or partition unless there’s confirmation at the keyboard (like a UAC prompt). Sounds like a good idea - is there any way for me to add this?


(PS and FYI – I have Windows Defender on my 8.1 because Avast 2015 uses up the entire capacity for hardware-assisted virtualization, which I intend to play with later. Similarly, on my 7, I still have Avast 2015 but I have turned off its “Enable hardware-assisted virtualization” for the same reason. Finally, on my XP, I have Avast 2015 and have left ON its “Enable hardware-assisted virtualization” because, on XP, there’s no interference with HAV. But probably not relevant to my question.)

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07 Jan 2015   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Step one is to make a backup of all important data.
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07 Jan 2015   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Block ransomware

Well you can try: HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - SurfRight

It's free. Watch the video.

If you want to lock down all areas of the system that those ransomware infections use to infect your system then you could use UVK's Execute Prevent feature but it needs some configuration in order to whitelist genuine apps.

Note: For advanced users only.

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08 Jan 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium


CryptoPrevent is also used to lock down any Windows OS (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10)
to prevent infection by the Cryptolocker ransomware:

Download and Info >
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