Having a good paid antivirus software or security suite, Is an Integral part of keeping your computer safe from Infections such as malware, trojans, viruses and the like. However, a more sinister form of Intrusion that most antivirus software fail to detect, Is named Ransomware. It's of the utmost Importance to Identify whether your computer Is susceptible to this type of attack, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to test your PC by using a Ransomware simulator.
So what exactly Is Ransomware? In very simple terms, It Infects your computer and encrypts your files, thus rendering them Inaccessible. The only way to get them back, Is to pay the attacker a ransom (hence Ransomware), thereby receive the decryption key and unlock your files thereafter.
To check your computer's vulnerability, I will demonstrate how to use a Ransomware simulator named RanSim- which simulates the behavior of Ransomware, but Is completely harmless to your PC. It can be downloaded from the official website or via this reputable source. The objective, Is to see whether your security software can be penetrated.
Firstly, I'd like you to run RanSim against your existing setup and save the results. Then please Install a free Anti-Ransomware software named RansomOff, run the test again, and compare the difference. You can follow my tutorial on how to download and configure RansomOff.
For the purpose of this article, I will be using the Ransomware Simulator (RanSim) with RansomOff actively running and protecting my computer. You will see just how effective It Is, In preventing 16 types of Ransomware attacks! So without further delay, let's get this stared.
Step One:Upon downloading and Installing RansomOff as per my tutorial, It's now actively running and monitoring my system for Ransomware attacks.
Step Two:To maximize It's protection, I've navigated to the settings and enabled every option as outlined In red below. I suggest you do the same. Hit Save when done.
Step Three:Now this Is the fun part! The Ransomware Simulator (RanSim) will be Installed, and hit my computer with 16 types of Ransomware attacks. Remember, It's only a simulator and will not harm the PC, but does represent a real attack scenario. After downloading and executing RanSim, accept the license agreement and hit Install.
Step Four:This Is how Impressive RansomOff Is. It's detected malicious behavior during the very early stages of the Installation, and stopped It there and then. Obviously I want It to continue, so I've hit Allow.
Step Five:RanSim Simulator has successfully Installed, so click Launch to access the attack window.
Step Six:To the left of the window, Is a list of the types of Ransomware that It will use to try and Infect my system. Again, this Is only a simulator and will not damage any files. To start the attack, click on Check now.
Step Seven:It's now hitting my system with the different types of attacks. In my experience, It only takes a few minutes or so to complete. Let's see the results In the next step.
Last Step:And here's the results- very Impressive Indeed. A perfect score of 0/10 for vulnerabilities, and 10/10 for not vulnerable. Essentially, the simulated Ransomware attacks generated by RanSim, failed to penetrate my Anti-Ransomware protection, namely RansomOff.
Final Thoughts:How did you go with your tests? Did you run the Ransomware Simulator against your existing setup, and then with RansomOff Installed and compared the results? I'd say It's safe to assume, that there would've been quite a few vulnerabilities with only your antivirus or security suite software running. As such, If this was a real attack, say goodbye to your files!
Be sure to download RansomOff, checkout my tutorial, and have It actively guarding your PC for potential Ransomware Intrusions. It's totally free of charge, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.