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….
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 :
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.