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No More Ransom Compiles List of Free Anti-ransomware Tools

Posted by essjae on December 16, 2016

“The No More Ransom project, a coalition of law enforcement and security companies, has expanded with 30 new members and added 32 new decryption tools for various ransomware variants,” Computerworld reports.

First launched earlier this year, the No More Ransom project is headed by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, the National Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police force, Kaspersky Labs, and Intel Security. As of today, No More Ransom has announced that Bitdefender, Check Point, Emsisoft, and Trend Micro have joined as associate members. “Other companies, computer emergency response teams, information sharing and analysis centers, and industry associations have joined the project as supporting partners,” Computerworld says. “The organizations have contributed an additional 32 new decryption tools to the existing eight, which have so far been used by over 6,000 victims to successfully recover their ransomware-encrypted files.”



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Microsoft releases free “System Sweeper” Beta for offline malware scans

Posted by essjae on June 8, 2011

Here’s a helpful little tool for recovering infected PCs:

“Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta, a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC.

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is not a replacement for a full antivirus solution providing ongoing protection; it is meant to be used in situations where you cannot start your PC due to a virus or other malware infection. For no-cost, real-time protection that helps guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, download Microsoft Security Essentials*.”

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Don’t ask, don’t tell…Apple’s policy on Mac malware

Posted by essjae on May 19, 2011

Ars has a wonderfully insightful article with internal Apple memos regarding the Mac Defender malware.  The best part, Apple says to tell customers:

  • Do not confirm or deny that any such software has been installed
  • Do not attempt to remove or uninstall any malware software
  • Do not send escalations or contact Tier 2 for support about removing the software, or provide impact data.
  • Do not refer customers to the Apple Retail Store.  The ARS does not provide additional support for malware.

Even more telling: “Apple’s [IT] department mandates the use of Norton Antivirus on company machines.”


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