How can we stop ransomware files from executing if it is downloaded?!

hi guys,

Is there anyway of stopping Ransomware files from being executed? We've got Watchguard firewalls, Symantec.cloud for emails, yet I've seen ransomware files slip through the net and get opened.

Is there a free way of doing Ransomware prevention? Or if there are paid ones, any recommendations?

Cheers
Yashy
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Russ SuterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There are ways to limit ransomware's ability to execute. You can set group policies that restrict applications from running in "unauthorized" places (like the AppData folder).

CryptPrevent attempts to automate this approach.

https://www.foolishit.com/cryptoprevent-malware-prevention/
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McKnifeCommented:
Russ' link is surely the best way. Please note that foolishIT uses built-in mechanisms that can also be controlled using group policy.
Those mechanisms are called "software restriction policies" (for the professional version of windows) or "applocker" for the enterprise or server version of windows.
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YashyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help and feedback guys. I'll check out the foolishit site stuff and work on the content given.
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McKnifeCommented:
Do you have a domain? I guess you do.
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YashyAuthor Commented:
Hey McKnife,

I do indeed have a domain:).

Yash
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McKnifeCommented:
Then why not use my recommendation but instead foolish IT? You don't need 3rd party software when you have a domain.
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