Top 5 Best Anti-Ransomware & Anti-Exploit Software to Avoid Ransomware Attacks (Free & Paid)

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a term used for the malware that attack computers to extort money from users. It attack the computers and block the access of important data, which needs to buy a key from the malware creator to open the access. Actually they encrypt the data with a key and only that key can decrypt that data. It is one of the growing threat. Even FBI is not fully able to control them. So we have to keep ourselves aware about these threats to avoid them.

Ransomware require an exploit to enter the system and activated itself. Exploits are programs which look venerability into your system to find out a way to enter into the system and then call other serious Trojan and Ransomware in the system. Now the question is how can we block these ransomware and protect our system from attacks. Below is a list of Software and tools which can help your to protect from Ransomware and Cryptoware. Though recovering damage done by these Ransomware is almost impossible but you can remove the exploits and stop them entering again in your system. See the below list of Best Anti-Ransomware Software for Protection.

Best Ransomware Protection Software for 2018

These tools are best to vaccinate your computer to protect from Ransomware attacks. Check these Best Anti Ransomware Software.

1 HitmanPro.Alert with Cryptoguard

Hitman Pro Alert Download

Download HitmanPro.Alert

HitmanPro.Alert is now a separate product from the Hitman Pro. But users who bought HitmanPro.Alert with cryptoguard get the Free Hitman Pro Scanner. So HitmnaPro.Alert is a combination of HitmanPro Antimalware and Realtime blocking of malware and crypto viruses. So it is a deadly combination against ransomware attack. It uses behavioral technology and cloud scanning to give a zero day protection.

HitmanPro and HitmanPro.Alert are different products. HitmanPro.Alert license include the free license of HitmanPro.

It has unique technologies to stop the threats before they start damaging anything. It can even protect you from unknown threats as well. It includes a CryptoGuard Technology to stop the Crypto-Ransomware which are also known as Cryptoware or Cryptolocker. Its behavioral based protection technology keep you protected from these high intensive threats even when your trusted program or files get hijacked. HitmanPro.Alert is also focused on Anti-Espionage like Webcam Notifier, Keystroke Encryption, BadUSB protection etc.

Hitman.Pro.Alert is an all in one solution having Anti-Ransomware, Anti-Exploit, Anti-Malware, Anti-Espionage features.

Features of Hitman Pro Alert

  • Prevents exploit codes running from the data memory.
  • CFI to stop Advanced ROP attacks.
  • Protection from process hijacking.
  • CryptoGuard to stop Ransomware.
  • Privacy and Espoinage Protection.
  • Browser Protection.
  • Integrated Anti-Malware Scanner.
  • Network Lockd own to stop attacks.
  • Advanced threat reporting with advanced technical data for forensic analysis.
  • HitmanPro Scored 100% in test conducted by MRG-Effitas lab to stop exploit and its was the only one scoring this score.
  • Perfectly capable of protecting from CTB-Locker, Locky, TeslaCryptZeus, Shylock, SpyEye, Sinowal, Ice-IX, Citadel, Cridex, Carberp, Tinba and more type of Ransomware.

2. Malwarebytes 3

Malwarebytes 3.0 - replace your antivirus with antimalware

Download Malwarebytes 3

Malwarebytes have improved its previous version which was only known for its antimalware features. It has now integrated its Malwarebytes anti ransomware (Previously CryptoMonitor), Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, And PUP Protection (Formerly AdwCleaner). This deadly combo gives you a great protection against malware, ransomware or any exploit. Even it has a malicious website protection feature which let you stop from visiting dangerous or infected websites.

Previously all these tools were available separately to download, But from version 3 Malwarebytes integrated all these tools into single package. It includes the features

  • Web protection from malicious websites
  • Exploit protection
  • Malware & virus protection
  • Ransmoware protection

Overall it is a complete security package and can be used in place of antivirus software.

3. Zemana Anti-Malware

Zemana Antimalware 3

Download Zemana Anti Malware

Zemana is also in our list of Best Antimalware Software. We are also keeping it in the list of Best Ransomware protection tools because it scored top in the independent test labs to give strong protection against some dangerous Ransomware. We also found it very effective as adware removal tool. One of a great security product worth to try. We recommend to atleast keep 2 second opinion scanner. Zemana was previously known for best anti-keylogger software and now it is a complete protection system integrated with cloud scanning with multiple antivirus engines and anti exploit features.

4. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

As this product has been already integrated into malwarebytes 3.0. So we are skipping it from our list of best anti ransomware of 2018.

Malwarebytes Anti Exploit

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

This tool is not specially designed for Ransomware Protection but as we mentioned in the starting of the article that Ransomware enters into the system with the help of exploits. So this Anti-exploit tool can help you to protect from mostly all type of threats to a great extent. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploits stop the attacks which try to enter into the system by finding vulnerability in the system. There are some inbuilt shields in the system for the the Browsers, Browser Addons and Java Shield. You can also create your own custom shield for third party software but this feature is only available in Premium version.

Main Features

  • Protection against OS security bypasses.
  • Memory Caller Protection.
  • Application behavioral protection.
  • Java Shield.
  • Browsers & Addons Shields.
  • Custom Shield for any software.

5. Bitdefender Anti Crypto Vaccine and Anti-Ransomware (Not Much Effective)

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Bitdefender Anti Ransomware Screenshot

Download Bitdefender Ransomware Protection

Bitdefender released the latest version of its Cryptoware Vaccine and changed its name to Anti-Ransomware instead of Anti-Cryptowall. Now it can protect users from CTB-Locker, Locky & TeslaCrypt Ransoware. It is a Free Software tool for everyone to download from Bitdefender Labs. It is a very simple tool just download and install it and it reside on your system tray to keep you protected from Ransomware. Please keep in mind that it is simply a protection tool and there is no removal functionality in it. But for the Ransomware which is not easy to get rid of, this saying is perfectly fit on it that “Prevention is better then cure”. So keep yourself prepared from these nasty money pulling bad software.


Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Toolkit -EMET

Download Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a free security tool provided by Microsoft for windows users to enhance security defenses to defend third party vulnerable applications against exploits. EMET uses 12 specific techniques to prevents exploits.

  • Data Execution Prevention.
  • Mandatory Address space layout randomization.
  • structured exception handler overwrite protection.
  • export address table filtering.
  • SSL/TLS certificate trust.

Hopefully these tools can help every one to protect their computer from Ransomware. These all tools are free or have a free trial. But what to do if you get infected with a ransomware and malware. Below related articles can help you to get rid of your issues.

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If you are a business owner then we suggest you to consider a good paid Internet Security Suite for your protection. As business owners are their best target.

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To fully protect yourself from ransomware make your malware defense system strong with a Paid anti malware which provide you real-time protection against malware along with a good paid antivirus software

Please share your feedback for this list of Best Ransomware Protection tools. And let us know if there is any other useful tool available there.

18 thoughts on “Top 5 Best Anti-Ransomware & Anti-Exploit Software to Avoid Ransomware Attacks (Free & Paid)”

  1. Some progrmas you present are not free , why you spread fake information ? Malware Anti Ransomware is NOT free !!! If you want to use the anti ransom module you need to pay 39 , 99 USD

    1. This is an old Post and at that time it have Free ransomware tools. But now in 2017 things have been changed like Malwarebytes bought cryptomonitor and discontinue its antiransomware beta tool. Though post get updated but title is still same. Anyway we have changed the title of the Post now. Thank you for your valuable feedback. Thanks!

  2. most of the solutions are monitoring,detecting …. is there a solution which allow you set a secure infrastructure for ransom ware ?

    1. Bitdefender Total Security lets you specify specific folders to protect and once they are selected that prevents them from getting encrypted. I’m not sure if that answers your question or not.

    2. There is nothing fully secure, But a hardware firewall, Internet Security and Malware combo can minimize the risk to great extend. And above all user awareness plays an important role.

  3. new years party ideas Hixson

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  4. I’m in the same boat as Chris. Bitdefender Total Security 2015 failed to stop the zepto virus infecting my computer on 30 August ’16. Similarly thousands of files and photos are locked. Bitdefender has not provided a satisfactory explanation why this happened. I would be pleased to know if Chris has received a response to his request that Bitdefender should pay the ransom.

  5. Bitdefender failed to stop ransomeware zepto. I pay for the full product Total Security 2016, haha, ha. Ransomware protection is enabled but the protected folders have been infiltrated, thousands of files and photos locked with the extension .zepto I’ve payed for bitdefender for years and am furious that it’s failed. I made a hasty mistake by opening the infected .docm email attachement which was a blank document and stupidly clicked on the options button in the security warning. I had a lapse of intelligence. But that’s why I pay for Bitdefender, to protect me if i make a mistake, and it completely failed. I’ve asked bitdefender to pay the crooks to get the decryption key.

    1. Its really a serious issue Chris. What bitdefender guys are saying about your issue? And if this is the case we will remove the Bitdefender Antiransomware from our list. Thank you Chris for your valuable feedback. In my suggestion never trust a single protection system. Along with your antivirus / internet security or the Total security you must have to install a good antimalware software. Because all ransomware are result of a weaken malware protection.

  6. You failed to include the BEST AntiRansom product on the market, WinAntiRansom. CruelSister and others have performed side-by-side tests of many of the products above with WinAntiRansom prevailing.

    1. Thank you Stevens for letting us know about this product. We will test its functionality and will add it to the list. On first look we are unable to found a Free download link on its website or any information regarding the Free trial period. Anyway we will look more deep to find all the information about it. Thanks!

  7. Malwarebytes doesent work for the ransomware, do not trust them I have the premium version and I have tested tehm, are not working, same thing for the hitmanpro whit tesla crypt, even bitdefender blocks the ransomware whit big lag…

    1. Malwarebytes 3.0 (Latest version) is able to protect you from ransomware. They have integrated the CryptoMonitor (Malwarebytes recently acquired this) in the newest release. So don’t worry it is a powerful tool.

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