The consequences of antivirus missing a zero-day ransomware attack are calamitous enough that many individuals and businesses choose to supplement standard antivirus protection with a separate ransomware protection app. Some such apps work by preventing unauthorized changes to protected folders, while others apply behavioral analysis to detect encrypting ransomware. NeuShield Data Sentinel makes no attempt to detect ransomware! Instead, it focuses on reversing the effects of a ransomware attack. It did a fine job in our testing, though it does have some limitations.

How Much Does NeuShield Data Sentinel Cost?

At $23.99 per year, Data Sentinel is a little on the pricey side. Check Point ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware goes for $14.95 per year. CryptoPrevent costs almost the same, at $15 per year. You can get three Data Sentinel licenses for $59.99 per year, or five for $79.99. At that five-license level, its per-device price is about the same as the other two. Trend Micro RansomBuster remains free. The positive side of paying for protection is that NeuShield isn’t likely to vanish due to lack of income. Furthermore, its substantial online management console justifies the ongoing yearly subscription charge.

Data Sentinel’s main window is mostly white, with touches of grays and blue greens. It defaults to an Overview page that displays what the company calls the Data Protection Matrix. This page is more window dressing than anything, but it’s attractive. Points on a circular matrix move based on disk activity, forming a big green blob that changes shape. If Data Sentinel detects activity related to boot-sector ransomware, the shape turns red for a while. That’s it.
Three menu items down the left open pages devoted to Anti-Ransomware, Anti-Wiperware, and Mirror Shielding. Clicking NeuShield Explorer brings up a special view of Windows Explorer that I’ll explain in detail below. One more menu item opens your NeuShield account online.
This review covers the Home edition, the one most suited to consumers. A free edition exists, but it lacks remote management and the all-important One-Click Restore feature. There’s also a Business edition, with business-oriented features like server protection and integration with the Kaseya VSA management framework. The what? Yeah, it’s not for the average consumer.
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