In an age of sophisticated and sneaky malware, your devices need to be protected against malicious programs and exploits. These intend to stop your device from functioning, hold your important files hostage, or attempt to scam you out of money.
At ComputerBits, we protect PCs in a number of ways.
We offer a number of Panda Security products including Panda Endpoint Protection and Panda Adaptive Defence 360.
This works in a similar way to a traditional Anti-Virus. It periodically scans the whole computer looking for known-bad files, and if it finds any, it takes action against them, such as quarantining them (moving them to a place where they cannot be run and cannot cause damage) or removing them. This is available for Windows, Linux and Android. Contact us for more information or for prices.
This includes all the features of Endpoint Protection, as well as the ability to filter spam, and any unknown programs are uploaded to the Panda Cloud which can heuristically detect the program as malicious or not by analysing its intentions.
We also install "Unchecky", a program designed to watch out for offers in program installers such as Java:
When it finds such an offer, it automatically unchecks the offer, allowing you to proceed without having to think about removing them later.
The internet is full of various programs and websites which attempt to attack your computer through security holes known as zero day exploits. These are holes that the people who program the software are not aware of, and other people have found. These can be used to sneak around or avoid detection by traditional anti-virus programs.
MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit launches alongside your web browser (such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox), and watches for any suspicious activity. If it detects any suspicious activity, it takes actions to block the exploit, and or stop the program altogether.
First, let's cover ransomware. This type of malicious program silently arrives on your PC and begins encrypting (basically scrambling) your files so they are no longer readable. Once it has done encrypting your bank statements, childhood photographs, your CV, and all other important files, it holds them to ransom; meaning they will offer to hand over the instructions for decrypting your files for a hefty sum of money. By then, it is too late to recover your documents without paying the sum.
CyberReason Anti-Ransomware sits in the background and places multiple bait files in the system. When it detects a change in the bait (for instance, a ransomware program has begun encrypting the files), it will immediately begin taking measures to stop any further damage. If you ever see a warning about encrypting your files, immediately turn off your PC, before it has the chance to further encrypt your files.
This is only a stop-gap solution however, as every day, new ransomwares and malicious programs are being made which can avoid detection. The only true way to prevent ransomware affecting you is to keep multiple backups in multiple places and not connected to your computer (eg. on an external hard drive). These needed to be updated and tested regularly, as it's no good backing up your files, only to discover a year later, they weren't backed up correctly.