How to install Bitdender’s free Ransomware Protection Tool

Bitdefender has just released a free tool that can protect against ransomeware viruses. Here is how to install it.

Hackers have been hitting everything from hospitals to police stations with Ransomeware viruses. Bitdefender has released a tool that could help fight it:

“Bitdefender anti-malware researchers have released a new vaccine tool which can protect against known and possible future versions of the CTB-Locker, Locky and TeslaCrypt crypto ransomware families.

“The new tool is an outgrowth of the Cryptowall vaccine program, in a way.” Chief Security Strategist Catalin Cosoi explained. “We had been looking at ways to prevent this ransomware from encrypting files even on computers that were not protected by Bitdefender antivirus and we realized we could extend the idea.”

Installation could not be easier

  1. Download the file:

  1. Run it:

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3. Click Next, and then install:

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  1. And then Finish

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And that is it!

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How easy was that?

If you want you can change the settings for the program. You may want to set it to “minimize on startup” and “minimize to tray on close”:

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But it is pretty much an install and forget about it type app, no fuss, no muss.

Bitdefender has always been one of my favorite anti-virus programs, and this is a handy tool to have.

Check it out!


Cybercrime Conference Takes Aim at Spammers

300 cybercrime experts from 60 countries attended the CoE Cybercrime conference in Strasburg this week. The topic? Stopping spammers. One of the big problems in fighting cyber crime to stopping criminals from registering servers for criminal purposes. From spammers to Botnet command and control, cyber criminals regularly register servers with bogus credentials. According to an article on The Register today the CoE wants to take action against this:

During the fifth annual CoE conference on cybrecrime in Strasburg this week, participants spoke in favour of greater international cooperation in sharing existing tools, instruments, best practices and initiatives. The conference also heard calls for improved co-operation between law enforcement and industry (ISPs, IT firm and national CETS).

Delegates also backed requests for ICANN to tighten up domain name registration processes to make life more difficult for spammers and other riff-raff. It was suggested that police ought to able to use the WHOIS database to fight cybercrime, while protecting the privacy of individual registrants – arguably a competing goal.

What was interesting is that Russia and China seem to be taking a lead in securing server name registration. They have been asking for photo ID when a server name is registered. Of course, this has opened up rumors of ID forging to counteract the ID requirement. Read the full story at The Register.


Russian Kneber Zeus BotNet

Alex Cox had an exceptional report last week on the Russian Kneber Zeus Botnet in the Netwitness webinar, “The Russians (and a Horde of Others) are Coming!” Netwitness is the company that detected and exposed the Kneber Botnet.

Alex started the webinar by taking a look at the source of Russian cyber crime. Russia’s history of organized crime started with the “Gulags” of USSR. Russian computer crime originated with the cracking of software copy protection so programs could be easily pirated. But in 1994, the “Vladimir Levin” Citibank financial fraud case was the birth of Russian cyber crime.

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