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.)
- Dual boot - Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit
- Computer type
- System Manufacturer/Model
- Dell Optiplex 7010 MT
- Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz
- Dell 0GY6Y8 - what would the Intel number be? - Q77 chipset
- 16GB RAM DDR3 (Four x 4GB)
- Graphics Card(s)
- Intel HD Graphics (on the CPU)
- Sound Card
- Realtek High Definition Audio - and Intel Display Audio
- Monitor(s) Displays
- Dell E176FP - nothing fancy
- Screen Resolution
- 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
- Hard Drives
Two 500GB WDC WD5000AAKX (SATA @ 6GB/sec)
- External WD My Book 1110 USB device
- Leftover Momentus XT not plugged in yet.
- What means PSU? I'm at sea level
- Ice cubes
- Basic from Dell
- Internet Speed
- Verizon DSL @ 7Mbps down and 780kbps up
- Firefox only with lots of security drives my wife crazy
- Win 7 Avast Free - Win 8 Windows Defender for now
- Other Info
- Also have an old but important XP SP3 machine still running - Optiplex 755 Desktop w 4GB RAM and 180 GB HD. Used the registry hack to get more updates through "XP Embedded" or "POS" so now the machine rings like a cash register and the CD drawer opens to give change.