Just curious -- Do any of the Norton products do anything to prevent Ransomware.
Ransomware, like other malware, is something that Norton strives to protect against. That being said, no antivirus is 100% effective at catching everything that is in the wild, and it is always possible that some new variant will be able to evade detection for a period of time. Antivirus is an essential defense, but it does not make you bulletproof.
Your best safeguard against the damage that can be done by ransomware is to maintain current backups of all of your data on an external drive that you disconnect from your system once a backup is completed. If ransomware strikes, you can remove the malware and then restore your files from the isolated backup, and not worry about paying the ransom.
This is a very important note; I was going to create post asking about it, but it was answered here.
I've read many 'things to do' to protect files from ransomware and one of them includes back up. Back up though, when performed automatically, usually utilizes an always-connected external HDD. The whole concept of protecting files this way is destroyed when ransomware is the case, since the malware will encrypt the external backup drive as well.
This should be noted as an important part of the backup procedure, otherwise the advice is useless.
Norton Protection Blog about ransomware: https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/norton-protection-blog/ransomware-5-dos-and-donts
Agreed. The only time the external drive should be connected, is when the actual backup is being done.
When completed, disconnect the external drive as suggested.
Until this time there no solution how to decrpyt are files.. thanks
If you know Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) - they have a very good reputation.
They have an Anti-Ransomware product in BETA testing, which is free.
I have been using it myself on 3 computers for several months, so it is running without conflict with NSS 126.96.36.199
Some people advise others to not use BETA's and I will not argue with them. Only do things you feel comfortable with.
Beta programs should only be used on test machines and not on your regular every day computers.
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