Best ransomware removal tools
The top free and paid ransomware tools available right now to protect you from hackers
Price: Free, Premium version 19.95 annually
Zemana AntiMalware is a second-opinion malware scanner designed to rescue a computer from ransomware that has infected the computer despite all the security measures taken. It uses cloud-based scanning to reduce detection time for new virus outbreaks and to improve scanning performance. So if a sample is detected as malicious, all Zemana users are protected in the future against that specific threat.
Bitdefender Anti Crypto Vaccine and Anti-Ransomware
Bitdefender's vaccine tool can protect against known and possible future versions of crypto-ransomware families, such as the CTB-Locker, Locky and TeslaCrypt malware, by exploiting flaws in their spreading methods. However, keep in mind it's simply a protection tool that sits in the system tray and alerts you to potential dangers and not a malware removal tool.
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware utilises advanced "proactive" technology which monitors ransomware and prevents it from touching your files. The app is light and completely compatible with existing antivirus software as it doesn't rely on signatures or heuristics. This anti-ransomware is meant to protect you from infections such as CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, or CTBLocker, and can apparently also defeat new ransomware which it's never encountered before. It is important to note however, this software is in Beta so may still need to be developed slightly as it might not be entirely stable. It should only be installed in non-production environments for testing purposes only.
Kaspersky anti-ransomware tool
Kaspersky's anti-ransomware tool aims to protect your system from ransomware attacks and cryptolmalware instead of fixing them when your network is affected. It is constantly running in the background which means as long as you're using your computer it will be protected against unknown threats. This includes the patterns and behaviour associated with ransomware so even if it doesn't identify that ransomware is present, it will tell you when things don't seem right.
Kaspersky's tool is available and compatible with whatever security software you're using.
The anti-malware has been specifically designed for small and medium-sized companies in mind, so if you're searching for a large enterprise solution you might want to consider a different option.
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