CyberSight RansomStopper anti-ransomware for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 5, 2017

CyberSight, a new computer security company based in California, released the first version of the anti-ransomware software RansomStopper yesterday.

RansomStopper is available as a free version for non-commercial use, and a paid version for commercial and Enterprise use.

The program is compatible with Windows 7 and newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, and CyberSight promises that it will stop ransomware before encryption of data occurs.

Installation of the program is straightforward, as you just press next a couple of times to install the security application on the Windows machine.

You are asked to enter your name and email address afterwards, and need to verify the email address before you may use the program. RansomStopper displays the "enter your data" prompt until you have confirmed the selected email address.

The application itself offers little user controls. The interface lists four buttons at the bottom of the page that lead to allowed and blocked/quarantined processes, security alerts, and an update check.

There are not any settings available, which means among other things that you cannot whitelist processes proactively for instance.

The company explains on its website how RansomStopper works:

Our anti-ransomware software uses proprietary technology and machine learning to provide multi-layered defense against ransomware.

RansomStopper incorporates proprietary deception techniques and recovery and roll back technology to minimize file loss RansomStopper detects new and existing ransomware to protect from malicious encryption and file loss.

A press release offers additional information:

  • Prevention: Applies machine learning on files pre-execution to prevent them from infecting your system
  • Deception: Honeypots and on-demand traps to catch ransomware before it impacts files
  • Detection: Kernel level behavioral analysis on processes and files in real-time
  • Automatic Response: Automatically stops attacks, including Zero-Day attacks, by blocking processes and quarantining files

The use of honeypots to identify ransomware attacks is not new, but it is an effective method provided that it is done properly.

Closing Words

RansomStopper is a free anti-ransomware software for personal use. There are no independent tests available at the time that tested the software's effectiveness when it comes to stopping ransomware dead in its tracks.

The lack of options makes it a program that runs on autopilot for the most part. It does display notifications to the user when it detects suspicious activity, and provides options to manage allowed and blocked processes, but that is all you get right now.

My advise is to wait and see how RansomStopper performs in security tests before you give it a try. There are plenty of alternatives out there that have been around for longer. Check out our anti-ransomware software guide for suggestions.

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  1. Davis said on December 9, 2017 at 5:07 am
    1. Anonymous said on December 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks! That was a great insight. I wish there were more security products that are independently reviewed like that.

  2. jacoss said on December 6, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Sorry to bring it up: the confirmation email that they need to run the soft on home/free arrangement does not work, it say it timed out aft 10 min. Frustrating and unprofessional

  3. M3 said on December 5, 2017 at 9:54 am

    If i would write a ransomware i would write a “protoction” against it also. I would apply the same by an “antivirus”.

    Of course i need to make these attacks scary in the “news” so people will run into my arms asking for “protection”. I know i would be a sh!t person but also a rich one. Don’t judge me, you would do the same,believe me.

    They don’t have to know that both software came from the same developer, me :)

    $$$$$ WIN-WIN $$$$$

  4. Sam said on December 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Hi Martin,

    Could you take a look at Comodo? Based on some forums reviews and YouTube videos, it feels like Comodo, with the right configuration, is the ultimate defense against all types of malware, including ransomware. I haven’t yet wanted to try on my production computer though.

    1. sludgehound said on December 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Tried Comodo many years back and left for whatever reason. Just mentioning because on couple freeware game sites (of the Day kind), I’ve seen a few users say they need to pause Comodo before either d/ling or installing a free game. And many of those free games are offered by the regular free game sites. The wrapper used by of the Day site kicks in Comodo barking.

      1. Anansi Tori said on December 6, 2017 at 9:35 am

        I did the same as you with Comodo a few years ago. I also tried the Comodo Icedragon browser & was not impressed at all so dropped it.

  5. Steve said on December 5, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Sounds interesting, but I’m wondering if this program will conflict with other AVs
    such as KIS or Malwarebytes, both state that they can prevent Ransomware from
    taking over our systems.

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