Recently Bigbearjedi and I began a conversation in another thread about our beliefs on how ordinary users can stay protected in today's very difficult climate of ransomware and encryption laced infections so lets share our beliefs as we both have active businesses and tell everyone how we protect our clients. Anyone else here is free to join in based on experiences. My basic protection begins with Emsisoft Antimalware which is both Antivirus and AntiMalware. All browsers are protected with Adblock Plus and WOT (Web of Trust) individually installed in each. Win Patrol used to lock down startup, registry and home page from changes. All users have Spywareblaster installed to further protect browsers and Crypto Prevent (to keep our Crypto Locker Virus) as an additional layer of defense. Clients are given a paper with instructions on how to update Spywareblaster and Crypto Prevent and reminded to update Java, Adobe Reader and Flash Player regularly. No toolbars are allowed on any browser and they are shown the proper way to search with Google set as the only search engine in all browsers and of course regular updating with Windows Updates suggested on all versions of Windows except Windows 10 which of course is automatic. With "Unchecky" installed half of the attempts to pollute systems by third party software providers are prevented and clients are advised to carefully uncheck all services offered by such vendors.