What’s the Best Threat Protection Against Ransomware?

Suffering from a ransomware attack can be quite disastrous for a business because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up bringing its operations to a grinding halt. Using a threat detection and prevention system can be great for companies who are looking to fend off ransomware attacks, but which software ends up performing the best in that regard?

AV-TEST attempted to get to the bottom of that by pitting some of the most well known threat preventers against 10 separate scenarios in which ransomware could come into play. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that three software variants ended up scoring the maximum 30 points.

These were Kaspersky’s Internet Security, Microsoft Defender and PC Matic’s Application Whitelisting software. Internet Security by Bitdefender didn’t do too poorly either, as did Norton360 by NortonLifeLock both of which got 29 points apiece.

VIPRE Security was an especially poor performer with all things having been considered and taken into account. Not only was it close to the bottom of the rankings with just 27 points, it also failed to detect one of the ten attacks.

That is a real red flag, since it suggests that up to 10% of the attacks could slip through the cracks which would make this threat protection program less reliable than might have been the case otherwise. It still wasn’t at the bottom of the list though, with V3 Internet Security by AhnLab getting that dubious honor with just 24.5 points.

Each software was given a score out of 3 for how well it defended against each attack. This means that Kaspersky, Microsoft and PC Matic did perfectly in all ten scenarios, while the rest had a few gaps here of there.

VIPRE Security could have gotten a full 30 points too, but the missed attack ended up losing it 3 points. AhnLab did really poorly since even though it detected all of the attacks it failed to respond to them in an appropriate enough manner which makes it a risky choice for businesses.

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