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Acronis Ransomware Protection Free v1.0.1470.0

Safeguard your system against the latest ransomware

by Chris Wiles

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 March 2018
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Acronis Ransomware Protection
Safeguard your system against the latest ransomware

Ransomware is one of the latest threats to affect business users. It's an easy way of extracting money from a company or individual. Start the day with your important files encrypted and your average user will pay the ransom as time wasted trying to get professional help will often cost more than the ransom.

Of course, the most obvious solution would be to keep the latest security software installed on your computer, but not every suite is designed to protect you against ransomware and most recovery tools may not be able to roll your computer back to a previous state.

We'd always advise backing up your system. It's by far-and-away the easiest way to recover your data. If you make regular daily incremental backups, using a tool such as Acronis True Image or O&O DiskImage Professional, if you suffer from system loss or a ransomware demand, you can simply boot into their recovery disc and restore a system backup.

Another option is to install a free tool to protect you against ransomware, such as Acronis Ransomware Protection. This doesn't check every file, so shouldn't slow your computer. It will also sit alongside your existing security suite. The tool will monitor system processes and determine whether something is doing something it shouldn't and will temporarily block the process until you authorise the process to continue.

Whilst you use your PC, you'll be warned of suspicious behaviour. Sadly though, we noticed it picked up random tools which check your system for updates, but you can choose to "Trust" these applications (or processes) which will prevent false positives.

Acronis Ransomware Protection also offers 5GB of cloud storage which is linked to your Acronis account. This isn't enough to backup your system, but should be enough space to store your most important files.

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Basic tool that will monitor your system processes and warn if it thinks something suspicious will attempt to take over your system.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

Free Full Commercial Software

This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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