Anti Ransomware software for MAC

I am most familiar with the Windows platform, so  when I recently received a question regarding software to protect a MAC against ransomware, similar to CryptoPrevent (FoolishIT.com), hitmanpro.alert (http://www.surfright.nl/en/alert) or the like, I was at a loss to recommend any software in particular.  Does anyone have standard recommendations, or barring that any recommendations, preferably with which they have had some experience?
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rindiCommented:
As far as I know OSX currently isn't really being targeted by Ransomware, as currently it can't be installed without the user being tricked into doing it himself. Check the PCWorld article below which is pretty current:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3003987/business-security/ransomware-for-mac-is-nothing-to-worry-about-for-now.html

At the moment I think basic precautions/User education is the best way to prevent Ransomware on OSX.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
Except as I have been watching the daily creep of ransomware, I have come across several articles that should at the very least put users on the alert.

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/news/symantec-confirms-macs-are-vulnerable-to-ransomware/article/453158/files/234/453158.html

http://en.koreaportal.com/articles/4177/20151112/mac-ransomware.htm/files/256/mac-ransomware.html
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rindiCommented:
The links you provided don't show me any articles, but as I mentioned above, User education is the best precaution you can take (in any environment).

Besides that, if you have "anti-ransome-ware" tools or similar installed, you might get too in-cautious and just depend on those tools, and as you know, those tools can never be fail-safe, particularly for new threats.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
I had to edit the links because they were on 2 lines. I must have mistyped.

That is basically what I already told the user.
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RobOwnerCommented:
Hello,

Of course education is the best preventive for MAC but a reactive solution I find worked well is:
http://www.adwaremedic.com/index.php

They have been acquired by Malwarebytes, another software I suggest often for Windows clients.

Best of luck.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I use Avast anti-virus on my Mac and it seems to do a pretty good job of scanning web links and email.  They keep a pretty current database of unwanted software and links.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your input.  I agree that user education is paramount, but I like to suggest at least some software to augment that.
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