Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware is a simple tool which aims to block ransomware - even the very latest, undiscovered variants - before it even starts to encrypt your files.

The package is lightweight, essentially just a Windows service, so can run alongside other Malwarebytes products or antivirus tools without difficulty.

You won't spend any time managing it, either, because there's hardly anything to do. The interface has a "Dashboard" tab where you can turn protection on or off, a Quarantine tab to delete any detected malware, an Exclusions tab to tell the program a particular application is safe, and that's it. You may never need to even look at any of this.

What's the program doing, we wondered - and does it work? Right now, it's too early to say, but the initial signs are good.

Malwarebytes hired the developer of the highly regarded CryptoMonitor to work on Anti-Ransomware, so this isn't some me-too starter product: there's real long-term experience behind it.

What's new/improved in build 0.9.17.661?

- Further fine-tuned behavioral detection techniques
- Main GUI now closes to the tray instead of only minimizing to the taskbar
- Added support to allow exclusion of folders in addition to individual files
- Performance improvements to prevent high CPU and memory usage
- Further enhancements to prevent false positives
- Numerous enhancements to harden the product against malicious tampering attempts
- Added basic command line functions for Business version to allow ability to start or stop protection, add or remove exclusions and restore an item from quarantine
- Created an MSI version of the Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware installer for Business version (coming soon...)
- Improved side-by-side usage with other Business versions of Malwarebytes products:  Malwarebytes Anti-Malware v. 1.x and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit v. 1.x

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Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware is lightweight, a real set-and-forget tool, and if it performs as well as the company claims then it's going to be a must-have. But it's still a beta, so problems are guaranteed, and even Malwarebytes recommends "you to try it out in a non-production environment first".