PCMag: ZoneAlarm ‘the most effective ransomware security tool we’ve seen’

ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware was considered “the most effective ransomware-specific security tool we’ve seen” as well as Editor’s Choice for ransomware protection, according to PCMag.

In testing, it showed complete success against all real-world samples. Check it out on Facebook.



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For more than 30 years, PCMag has been the leading authority on technology buying, delivering independent reviews of more than 2,500 products per year. PCMag’s Editors’ Choice award, the PC Labs’ highest endorsement, is recognized globally as a trusted symbol for buyers and sellers of technology products and services.

“A clear winner”

In a recent review, PCMag.COM’s lead analyst for security, Neil J. Rubenking, labeled ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware “a clear winner” among those he evaluated, adding that “it fixed all changes made by the ransomware processes, including wiping out ransom notes that some other products leave behind.” As part of the review process, Rubenking ran a series of tests involving real-life, live ransomware. Overall, he tested the anti-ransomware with six samples, describing its performance as a “truly impressive showing.”

One other important takeaway from the PCMag.COM review was that it highlighted how standard anti-virus software may not be enough against ransomware. Sure, the malware can be removed, but it still leaves the problem of files being encrypted. Put simply, a specific layer of protection against ransomware is critical, and that’s where ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware comes in.

What is Ransomware: From A to Z

Every 10 seconds a PC user gets hit with ransomware, making consumers the most targeted for attacks. But… What is Ransomware? How does it work? Is ransomware the most popular malware in the market? How is it delivered? What’s the cost of ransomware attacks? Why home PC users should pay attention? How can you protect your PC? ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware brings you all these answers and a lot more.

Sometimes people fall into the trap of not taking the steps to protect their PCs. They tend to think along the lines of: ‘I just use the computer for Facebook’, or ‘for Skyping the kids’, as if using the computer for simple tasks will somehow cause it to be overlooked by a virus. Or even if they pay attention to the news stories about the attacks, they may see them as remote threats: ‘A rogue state or criminal gang would not target me’. And the problem is that statement is true; they do not target you alone. They target everyone who leaves their computer’s ‘door’ open.

Like most criminals, Ransomware hackers prey on the weak and the vulnerable. In this case, they prey on networks and systems that are open to attacks. Recent attacks have hit computers using the outdated Windows XP, a Microsoft product, but they are not limited to this operating system alone. If you live in a ‘bad neighborhood’, you take steps to protect your home. The same principle should be applied to your PC. Cyber-crime, as we have seen time and time again, has created a ‘bad neighborhood’ in all corners of the globe, no matter which operating system is used. If you do not have sophisticated anti-ransomware software, then you should get it now, before it is too late.

Ransomware is the top threat facing computer users as Interpol reveals massive 2017 cyber crime “epidemic” taking over PCs as well as internet-linked devices like routers and CCTV cameras to turn them into tools for criminals,” reported the European policing agency Europol, which coordinated several successful cross-border operations against cyber criminals last year. But national authorities urgently need to devote more resources to targeting the developers of hacking tools, the agency’s head said, reported Reuters.

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