SurfRight’s HitmanPro.Alert–Free protection against CryptoLocker

Prevents, fies and removes the CryptoLocker Ransomware for free!

By on November 9, 2013 7:21:53 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Since I wrote about the CryptoLocker malware which encodes your data files and holds them for ransom, HitmanPro has come out with free software to protect you from this malware which arrives in emails as a zip or pdf file and when opened, proceeds to work its ‘magic’ on your valuable files.

HitmanPro.Alert is now in 2.5 Beta, which contains two tools: The first detects browser intrusion, and the second detects suspicious file activity stops the malicious code and neutralizes it (CryptoGuard).

Not only that, it will remove the virus from your computer, and can be loaded from a USB drive to clean an infected computer as well.

I thought it best to bring this to everyone quickly. I have installed it…no problems nor glitches. This is just another layer of protection.

Here’s a good vid from SurfRight. It shows how CryptoLocker works, and how HitmanPro.Alert and CrytoGuard work:

 

Download link: http://www.surfright.nl/en/alert/cryptoguard

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November 9, 2013 7:39:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Downloaded...gonna check  it out...

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November 9, 2013 8:22:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good one Doc.

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November 9, 2013 9:01:43 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

If the software detects a browser intrusion it will ask you to download the scanning app and run a scan. I got rid of a bunch of tracking cookies that way. You don't have to download and scan, however. It will try to sell you that malware scan software.

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November 9, 2013 9:21:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

So the software only detects it and to get rid of it you need to purchase the scanner? Can you manually delete the stuff it finds without paying for the scanner?

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November 9, 2013 9:43:45 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

No, JC. If you have CryptoLocker it will fix and delete it. That's what this article is about.

As for OTHER malware you would have to get their antimalware, and it would only be detected if it caused an intrusion in your browser.

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November 9, 2013 10:00:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Gotcha. It was the other malware that confused me but I have other software such as malwarebytes pro for that.

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November 9, 2013 10:00:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Dl'd

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November 9, 2013 10:24:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Got it, looking into it. Thanks! 

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November 9, 2013 12:05:31 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Good looking out. Thanks!!!

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November 9, 2013 12:25:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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November 9, 2013 2:36:31 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums
Nice!
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November 9, 2013 8:39:58 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Simple, straightforward tool.  Let's count on it workin'.  On my home rigs, gonna load it on all our workstations this week - no matter how many times we tell them, someone always forgets and clicks the 'x'.

Thanks, Doc!!

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November 10, 2013 2:47:16 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

Hitman Pro software is awesome.  Been using for years (since at one time it was about the only tool to effectively and quickly correct certain browser hijacks etc.).  The one problematic issue I've found with Hitman (the regular version) over the years I've been using it is that because it uses cloud scanning on some infected systems Hitman can't 'connect to the internet' and so then can't scan.   It is of course part of any solid emergency toolkit along with the various software offerings from emsisoft etc.

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November 10, 2013 3:14:51 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm a big fan of Emisoft... they were the first with behavioral antiviral software.

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November 10, 2013 3:42:50 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

thanks doc.

harpo

 

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November 10, 2013 4:42:46 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 Emsisoft is pretty cool, Been using it since Doc first posted it. A few times already it saved me a headache or two. 

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November 10, 2013 4:50:11 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
they were the first with behavioral antiviral software.

Probably not....InDefense was likely first to simply monitor any change to an existing file via logged signatures/snapshots so the actual Virus need not even be a known one...

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January 19, 2014 7:44:34 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Ironic footnote.


HitManAlert Pro actually gave me a warning this past week on a machine at work that the browser had been compromised.  ShopAtHome had somehow, mysteriously, 'No, I never shop at home!' gotten installed on the machine (No one is ever responsible for these things).  Didn't notice it for a month, but at least it detected it.

Here's the good part -

After identifying it for me, it wouldn't quarantine or remove it unless and until,,,

You guessed it... I bought HitMan Pro.

Pot, meet kettle.

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January 19, 2014 8:06:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Didn't promise you it'd remove it...office visit's one thing, procedure's another. 

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January 19, 2014 11:29:29 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

True enough. 

Thing is, at one of the links I found about how to remove the thing, it showed step by step instructions using 'free' HitManPro Alert, showing the dialog step where you can activate your 'one-time free license'.  No such opportunity was presented in the actual event, however.  Musta changed their minds.

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March 29, 2014 2:09:15 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Just a heads up -

Yesterday started getting blue screen crashes ('serious system error') related to hmpalert.sys on my XP rig.  Had to uninstall HitmanPro Alert in safe mode.  Coincidentally am in the process of decommissioning the XP rig, now a bit long in the tooth, & setting up my new Win7 box.

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March 29, 2014 3:00:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I wonder...could that file have become corrupt causing the crash?

Did you look at the error log, by any chance?

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March 29, 2014 4:18:14 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

I'm sure it got corrupted somehow.

I did look at the error log, but my knowledge of nerdspeak is limited at best.

The STOP message was as follows, FWIW:

*** STOP: 0x0000008E (0xA9AAC4D6, 0xA91CFB08,0x00000000)

*** hmpalert.sys - Address A9AAC4D6 base at A9AA5000, datestamp 53280c11

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March 29, 2014 5:27:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Daiwa,
but my knowledge of nerdspeak is limited at best.

Doubt nerds understand it either....hence the continuance of errors....

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