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Ransomware Variants Double in 2017 – The Blacklist Cannot Keep Up

The Blacklist Cannot Keep Up with New Ransomware Variants

In 2016, NextGov reported 1,419 ransomware variants, compared to 2,855 in 2017.  These are only the confirm malicious variants.  New strains are being created every minute of every day.  Therefore, knowing the exact number and exact coding of all malicious variants is impossible, which is why traditional security solutions are failing.  Most antivirus solutions use a blacklist approach to prevent malware from executing on a PC or server.  The issue with the blacklist is, a file must be known to be bad in order for it to be blocked.  With new malicious ransomware variants being created every single minute, keeping the blacklist updated is impossible.

An alternative, and far more effective approach would be implementing a security solution that uses an application whitelist, as its primary method of malware detection.  Application whitelisting as a form of malware prevention is not new.  In fact, it is often not considered a feasible approach because of the increased labor created for the end-user or IT professionals.

However, an automated application whitelist approach removes this burden from IT staff within the organization.  Instead of leaving end-users and IT professionals with the responsibility of creating and maintaining their own whitelist, PC Matic and PC Matic Pro offers a globally automated whitelist approach.  The whitelist technology found in PC Matic and PC Matic Pro is developed, tested, researched, and supported by the PC Matic team.  Any unknown files are sent directly to the PC Matic malware research team, to be tested and categorized as either safe or malicious.

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8 thoughts on “Ransomware Variants Double in 2017 – The Blacklist Cannot Keep Up”

  1. Robert H Havard

    From some of my experience with the do not turn off your computer warnings(supposedly from Microsoft), I believe that the first thing that happens is that the malware inserts itself into Windows 10 first and disables the super shield program. Then if they can convince you to call the displayed number, they try to convince you that PcMatic does not work in Windows 10. I know that it does work unless disabled from Windows Defender. Once PCMatic is disabled, the malware telephone messanger tries to give you a 4 digit number to enter into your computer. If you fall for this, and I did one time early on, the entry of the number gives them complete control of your computer, and they reinstall Windows 10 and you have to reinstall all programs, and they have stolen who knows what along the way.

    1. In most cases when a phone number is popping up on your machine it’s not from malware but from a website you’re visiting that may redirect you to a malicious site. Their main focus is not getting malware onto the machine but making people think there is something wrong so they can charge for fake customer support.

    1. PC Matic is available for Androids. If you’re phone is not using an Android operating system, PC Matic would not be compatible with the device. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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