Microsoft recommends Windows 11 users to use its available protection against ‘randsomware’ malware. It is provided free of charge and is in the Windows Defender bundle.

Ransomware is particularly annoying because they withstand system resets and even hard drive swaps. Antivirus companies have developed solutions to counter them. But the best way to fight them is to not get them in the first place.

Randsomware is a growing problem – Credits: Unsplash/Michael Geiger

Rick Munck, the security consultant at Microsoft advises you “when you activate Microsoft Security Baseline for Windows 11 (and/or Windows 10 and/or Windows Server 2022/2019/2016), make sure to enable Microsoft Defense anti-tamper protectionr to add a layer of protection”.

Malicious people usually disable your security features. This makes it easier for them to access your data, install malware, or otherwise exploit your data, identity, and devices. Tamper Protection will lock down Microsoft Defender’s default settings and ensure that they are not changed during the installation process. These settings include:

  • Protection against viruses and threats
  • Real-time protection
  • Behavioral monitoring
  • Antivirus
  • The protection provided by the cloud
  • Safety information updates

Ransomware: what is it?

Ransomware is malicious software that uses encryption to hold a victim’s information for ransom. A user’s or organization’s critical data is encrypted so they cannot access files, databases, or applications. A ransom is then demanded to allow access. Ransomware is often designed to spread across a network and target databases and file servers, and can quickly cripple an entire organization.

It is a growing threat, generating billions of dollars in payouts to cybercriminals and inflicting significant damage and expense on businesses and government organizations. Faced with this, you may want additional protection despite a limited budget. Don’t panic, we have compared the best free antiviruses for you.

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