MalwareBytes 3.0 Review – Malwarebytes vs Malware

In this video we’ll take a look at the latest version of Malwarebytes, Malwarebytes 3.0.  Malwarebytes 3.0 combines a bunch of their separate utilities into one complete package.  Here are some highlights of the new release (most of these new features are only available with premium):

  • Scans are about 3 times faster.  A typical scan takes about 1 min.
  • Anti-Exploit is now included.
  • Anti-Ransomware is now included.
  • Works alongside your current antivirus or by itself (replacing your anti-virus).
  • Web Protection upgraded.
  • Updates do not need to be scheduled, they download and install automatically now.
  • The self protection module now automatically starts
  • Reboots from malware removal and not as frequent.  Reboots only happen when they’re really needed.  That always drove me crazy.
  • Malwarebytes Premium costs 39.99 a year and it’s well worth it IMO.

Here is a two part video review I made for the new Malwarebytes 3.0:

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What’s On My USB Stick Version 2

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CTB-Locker. Like Cryptolocker But Worse.

Cryptolocker was insanely successful.  It extorted millions of dollars from home and business users.  Like all successful software, upgrades were bound to happen.

Meet CTB-Locker ( a.k.a – Critroni ).

CTB-Locker stands for Curve Tor Bitcoin Locker.  Here are some of the new features at a glance:

  • Hides from authorities by communicating to command and control over the TOR anonymous network.
  • Uses elliptic curve cryptography for encrypting your files.  This encryption is a lot faster than cryptolockers, so once it get’s on your PC or mapped drives it has a better chance of encrypting more files, faster (doing more damage).
  • Accepts payment to unlock your files via bitcoin.
  • Blocking TOR traffic only prevents users from paying, CTB still encrypts the files.

Preventing and mitigating CTB-Locker.

  1. Install a good antivirus (like Kaspersky/Bit Defender).  Keep it patched and updated.
  2. Install Malwarebytes Premium as a second line of defense.  It’s only $25/year.
  3. Always install your Windows updates
  4. Backup your files daily to an external hard drive.
  5. Backup your files via something like Carbonite (if your PC does get hit by something like CTB call Carbonite immediately so they can freeze your backup).
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