Virus, Malware, & Ransomware Development

Computer virus infections have been increasing over the last years as hackers become more adept at creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer systems with Malware, Ransomware and other nefarious programs. Malware entered the scene a few years back; these viruses are typically a type of unwanted program that increases vulnerability and degrade performance on your machine or network.

Not long after malware started to infect computer, a company was formed to help fight it – Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes has been doing an amazing job of creating a program and definitions that prevent and remove a massive library of possible Malware infections. They are always busy and their labs cooking up a new way to stop hackers in their tracks.

Recently a new form of malware has entered the scene known as ransomware. This insidious program locks and encrypts your files preventing you from accessing them unless you pay a ransom for the encryption key. These infections can be resolved with good backups, such as Carbonite (read more about our Carbonite offerings here). But typically there is no active way to prevent these infections, until now.

Malwarebytes has created an anti ransomware software. It is currently in beta, but has had amazing success in preventing these infection. You can read more about it on their blog: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2016/01/introducing-the-malwarebytes-anti-ransomware-beta/

Steps to Protect Against Ransomware

Here are some easy and powerful ways to prevent Ransomware on your computers and network:

  • Have an Active Firewall that is scanning network traffic and webpages.
  • Establish a reputable off-site backup for file recovery if files get encrypted (Check out more here)
  • Keep all machines fully patched and updated (our managed service programs take the guesswork out of this process).
  • Invest in Anti-Ransomware Software.

If you would like to get more information on ransomware and prevention of this virus please contact us to discuss this very real threat and steps you can take to protect your organization.