Microsoft Patch for Ransomware

With the recent outbreak of ransomware drawing attention across the world many are looking to protect their computers from attacks.  Remember the most recent attack is only one ransomware package- there are many many more out there.

This is what you need to know….

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Will Windows Update itself?

The current WannaCry ransomware has a windows patch solution.

Good news!  The current version of Windows 10 is not vulnerable to the most current attacks.  The vulnerability however is existent in all previous versions of Windows – all the way back to XP.

Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 machines will have the patch for the most recent attack  included in their regular updates.  ( this is a special exception for Windows Vista as it is no longer supported )

If you run Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows 8 ( not 8.1 ) you will need to install the patch manually.

Get your updates manually from Windows update Here :

Windows XP – 64 Bit

Windows XP – 32 Bit

Windows 8 – 32 Bit

Windows 8 – 64 Bit

Additional O.S. choices are available here

What else can I do?

All users should be wary of malicious emails with attachments.  Please do not click on any links in emails from unknown senders.

Backup your data.  Backup your important data on a removable drive or key.  Once backed up .. please disconnect it from the computer until the next backup.

I am infected… now what?

Never pay the ransom!  We do not negotiate with terrorists!

If you are infected your operating system will need to be reinstalled.  Take your computer to a reputable computer repair shop to have Windows reinstalled.

If you have created a backup of your files – we can restore them back to your computer after the reinstall – and hopefully it will feel like nothing ever happened to your computer.

Here is a video that describes ransomware really well.

 

 

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