CryptoPrevent Malware Prevention – A Brief History
YES, this is the original CryptoLocker prevention tool you’ve read about, designed to prevent infection from the first “ransomware” threat which emerged in late 2013, encrypting valuable data on the infected PC and offering decryption in exchange for large payment. Within a few months of its release it created quite a buzz with features from Brian Krebs security blog (among many others) and by educators everywhere such as Kim Komando, Ken Dwight ‘The Virus Doctor’, the infamous Britec09 on Youtube, and ultimately reaching televised news such as CNBC and The Today Show!
CryptoPrevent was originally developed as a small side project of Foolish IT LLC, a company recently formed by an experienced PC repair technician (specializing in virus and malware removal techniques) as an outlet for the development of tools designed to assist PC technicians on the job, such as our flagship d7 – PC Repair Technician’s Multi-Tool, as well as other now-deprecated tools such as the DataGrab backup tool featured on Lifehacker.com, and earlier malware removal tools such as the once popular KillZA (a fast and effective one-click removal and repair tool for ZeroAccess malware infections.)
Suggestions for CryptoPrevent poured in from an already established customer base of experienced PC repair technicians across the globe (who were constantly combating these new emerging ransomware threats for their clients) as well as contributions from various professionals in the security industry taking notice of CryptoPrevent’s simplicity and effectiveness vs. traditional anti-virus/anti-malware, which weren’t producing any measure of protection from these new threats for well over a year after their emergence in the wild. It is no surprise that CryptoPrevent quickly became a very effective tool against a wide range of viruses and other malicious software, not just the original ransomware it was designed to prevent.
Through continued development efforts to expand the software into something more than just a ‘security’ solution, as well as welcoming additional experience and talent to the CryptoPrevent research and development team, we are proud to have announced the release of CryptoPrevent v8.0 on November 1st, 2016!