SBGuard Anti Ransomware

Australian backup vendor Sydneybackups has released SBGuard Anti-Ransomware 1.3.0,  “protects your Windows PC against all known Ransomware malware, such as CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, TeslaCrypt, CryptoXXX, CTB-Locker, Zepto and others”.

the program “injects large number of restriction mechanisms – modifies some core Windows components to prevent malicious behaviors – executions”.

It seems to us that’s a description more designed to impress newbies than provide any useful information

program is simple – lightweight. There’s no bulky Settings .no resource heavy background process  just an Enable Protection button to lock down your system – Disable button to turn protection off.

If you do risk enabling protection, we don’t think the program does any “injecting” or modifies any system files. Instead it seems to change various system permissions and policies, in particular preventing software launching from unexpected places.

This isn’t a new idea, and the good news is it will block at least some ransomware, as well as many other threats.

The bad news is that it will also conflict with some legitimate software. developer warns of this, say:

Important: SBGuard Anti-Ransomware could block legitimate programs from installing. It is recommended to disable protection before installing new Windows applications – then re-enabling it back after.

Unfortunately, this may not be enough program could still cause other unexpected – hard to diagnose issues. For example, on our test PC password manager Norton Identity Safe wouldn’t open when SBGuard’s protection was enabled, complaining of “network error”.

Overall SBGuard Anti-Ransomware isn’t for security beginners, but if you’re more experienced, ready to handle any problems and would like to see if it’s do anything new program could be interesting.

SBGuard Anti-Rasomware is free package for Windows Vista – later.

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