What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a small piece of criminal software that highjacks your computer by encrypting your files, denying you access to them, and then demands online payment for their release. For example:
Ransomware is distributed by email, social network messages and infected websites. You may receive an email that looks like it comes from someone you know. The goal is to get you to open an attachment or click on a web link in the email, which then downloads malware to your computer.
Or you may receive a Facebook message that includes a graphics attachment. Once opened, the file redirects you to a website which prompts you to install a browser extension so that you can view a (fake) YouTube video. Installing this extension opens the door for a ransomware infection.
Unprotected websites and unsecured web servers are another attack vector. Cyber criminals look for websites with faulty code and insert ransomware distribution scripts into the web pages.
Get educated about ransomware in this article.
What is Acronis Ransomware Protection?
Acronis Ransomware Protection is a free software suite that ensures the security of information on your PC.
It combines two features that supplement each other to provide you with enhanced protection of your personal data:
- Protects your computer from ransomware. When Acronis Ransomware Protection detects a process that tries to encrypt your files or inject malicious code into a healthy process, it informs you about it. You can quickly block the process. Even if your files were encrypted by ransomware, you can recover them from temporary copies or the cloud backup.
- Backs up your files such as documents, photos, music, and video to the secure Acronis Cloud. Because files are stored on a remote storage, they are protected even if your computer is lost, stolen, or destroyed. Your data can be entirely recovered onto a new device. With Acronis Ransomware Protection, you receive a free 5 GB of cloud storage space. If this is not enough, you can buy more space.
What is a suspicious process?
If the program acts similar to ransomware behavior, it is considered as suspicious. Acronis Active Protection uses behavioral heuristics and analyzes chains of actions done by a program (a process), which is then compared with the chain of events in a database of malicious behavior patterns.
What happens if I block a process?
After you block a process, it cannot access your files anymore and cannot do your computer any harm.
Can I turn Active Protection off?
You can uninstall Acronis Ransomware Protection from your computer. See this article for detailed instructions.