We review the latest release from IObit, Malware Fighter 5.
New data has shown that ransomware attacks, specifically ones that target certain industries, are on the rise. Hospitals and medical centers were highly sought after targets due to the fact that many organizations chose to pay the ransom rather than face the breach of confidentiality fines and the lawsuits from interrupted patient care. Shortly after, schools became high on hackers’ lists because there was again a legal mandate to protect students’ information, as well as a crop of hundreds or even thousands of children’s unblemished identities, perfect for using or selling for identity theft.
But just because you’re not part of a major medical network or university, that doesn’t mean blocking access to your files for a fee isn’t a threat. With the record-setting numbers of hacking events, data breaches, ransomware attacks, and more, it’s foolish not to have some measure of tech protection to safeguard your system. The real key is finding software that protects you from multiple modes of attack without slowing down your entire computer.
New release from established name
IObit Malware Fighter 5 is the latest version of a flagship title from a longtime name in the business. It’s always been known as a malware and spyware removal utility, one that seeks out and removes these kinds of issues. It also protects your computer from a wide variety of known spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers. Now, however, in response to the ever-increasing threat and changes to methods criminals have employed, there are some key upgrades to this version that are intended to keep users safe from some of the most common current threats to their cybersecurity.
The first major upgrade is the real-time protection. Ransomware attacks crop up without any prior notice. Therefore, rather than treating this as a “scanning” tool to be run periodically or if issues arise, Malware Fighter 5’s new Anti-Ransomware Enginge protects your files from threats as they attack.
The new Download Protection feature instantly scans new files and programs before they’re fully downloaded, making sure nothing takes root that shouldn’t be there. Given the propensity of hackers to rely on instant downloads through malicious links and popup boxes, this feature will alert the user to anything out of the ordinary before it’s downloaded, and block any perceived threat before it can infect your system or your entire network.
New Camera Guard
One other key change to this version is the new Camera Guard. Once thought of as the paranoid ramblings of the “tin foil hat crowd,” unauthorized access to your laptop’s camera or your webcam is actually now known to be a serious matter. Malware Fighter 5 incorporates protection that blocks this unauthorized access, which can be used to extort victims due to the camera’s recordings or be used to infiltrate other connected devices in the user’s home or office.
Easy to use
Fortunately, one thing that hasn’t changed about Malware Fighter 5 from previous versions is the focus on making this a simple tool with an easy-to-read interface. You don’t have to have whitehat hacker level tech skills in order to seek out infections and remove them. The four windows – Scan, Protect, Update, and Action Center – are just about as straightforward as it gets when it comes to protecting your PC. While there are other features that users can access, they tend to be tucked out of sight in the menu, readily accessible but not obtrusive. All of the tools are set up as on/off switches, meaning changing your settings or running a scan is as easy as clicking the mouse.
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