Free Ransomware Protection?
Right now around this area Ransomware is all over the schools and on some of our break-fix clients. So, I found this Acronis Ransomware Protection (Known as ARP from here on) "FREE for Everyone". This seems too good to be true. I first heard about this on a webinar yesterday. I don't exactly understand how this works. I've read the KBs and other pages, but I'm still left unclear about this. I want to ask, "What's the catch?" I don't want to push this out to all my clients and it just be something extra on their PC or they get a pop-up for them to have to pay after 6 months or whatever. I just installed it on my PC and it almost seems too easy; it makes me nervous.
When I installed it, it asked about a few processes. When ransomware gets on the PC and it pops up to asks if we want to allow this process, if we are not in front of the PC does the ransomware process keep running or does ARP stop it until checked good or not. (Thinking about servers)
The files that get hit with the ransomware, do they have to have been backed up with Acronis to be restored properly or does the ARP do some kind of restore? In the webinar it says you won't even know you've had ransomware with ARP installed. I want to know if I install this on a PC that they don't want to get backed up, like a patron PC at a library. They don't want it backed up, but if a patron using the PC opens a ransomware infection will ARP stop the infection and then revert the files or will it only revert if it was being backed up by Acronis?
If I don't setup the Acronis Backup when installing ARP and it's being backed up by Veeam will this just be an extra step I have to perform to restore the files? Will ARP stop the process and I have to use Veeam to restore the encrypted file?