5 programs to defend against ransomware and avoid losing data

To defend your computer from ransomware virus attack, simple antivirus is no longer enough. Here are the programs to protect your PC from ransomware

Ransomware, the viruses that block access to computer data and demand a ransom in Bitcoin from users to get the unlocking key, have become "famous" during 2017. The WannaCry and Petya cyber-attacks, which blocked thousands of devices worldwide in 2017, have turned the spotlight on this new type of computer virus.

In many cases, the antivirus software present on computers has been inefficient against the ransomware attack and software houses that develop cybersecurity solutions have run for cover by developing ad hoc programs. But compared to a few months ago, antivirus software has also taken a step forward, guaranteeing almost total protection from the main ransomware viruses on the market. But if you want to be sure to protect your data and PC from ransomware, you need to install an ad hoc program. Both free and paid solutions are available. Here are the best ones.

Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware Tool

Bitdefender is a guarantee when it comes to protecting your computer from viruses. The free version of the antivirus developed by Bitdefender is one of the best available on the market, at least according to AV-TEST results. The software house has also made a tool to protect users from ransomware attack: Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware Tool. The program is present within the paid version of Bitdefender Antivirus. The tool provides protection from the most popular ransomware such as Petya and TeslaCrypt.

Trend Micro RansomBuster

If you are a business and you are looking for a program to defend your data from ransomware attack, Trend Micro RansomBuster might be the best choice. The software allows you to secure individual folders and protect them from any ransomware virus that tries to infect them. The tool is present within the antivirus developed by Trend Micro.

Cybersight RansomStopper

While the previous two solutions are tools present within real antivirus, Cybersight RansomStopper is a specially developed program to protect your PC from ransomware virus. The software allows you to protect individual folders, but also to scan programs in the background to see if there is anything abnormal. Made by startup Cybersight, RansomStopper is available for free for family use, while the business version requires payment.

Cybereason RansomFree

Cybereason RansomFree is an anti-ransomware program that uses several strategies to defend your computer and the data inside your hard drive. The software also analyzes the programs present in the PC to check if there is anything abnormal. As you can guess from the name, the anti-ransomware tool is free.

Windows Defender

Windows Defender is the antivirus present by default on Windows 10 computers. With the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has added a new feature in its security software dedicated to protecting against ransomware attack. The feature blocks all unauthorized applications from accessing the computer's folders, so as to stop any cyber attacks.