Threat Finder Ransomware, suspected to be Cryptolocker cousin, surfaces

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  1. The prevention apps your story’s conclusion contains links to are fairly good at stopping ransomware; Chrome users might also like to know about an extension called “Dr. Web Anti-Virus Link Checker” I’ve been testing (as a purely self-interested, non-employee/contractor party) for a week.

    The said extension has been working for me with yet no known false positives, nor any false “go-aheads”. I’ve tested it against EICAR links, known malware links, known or suspected (e.g., Phishtank) phishing links, and so on. Whether via corporate or public (e.g., GMail) email links, similar conditions, similar good extension results.

    The last test I gave was to first ensure a site for a certain well-known screen capture program would deliver !Artemis via installer; sure enough, my PC got browsers changed to Smart Fox, Dregol, and other nastiness; I removed it all after hours, tested and re-tested for return to normalcy, then uploaded the installer file to VirusTotal…yes, !Artemis is in it, but only 8 of over 50 scanners could see it, Dr. Web being one of them. I then had the Dr. Web extension check the download link back at the source, and it correctly warned of the infection lurking.

    I hope this is of use to those using Chrome in further avoiding bad things at the end of any email or web links; cheers!

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