Use These Tips To Avoid Tears From The WannaCry Ransomware

Use These Tips To Avoid Tears From The WannaCry Ransomware

What is WannaCry Ransomware and what does it do?

The WannaCry ransomware attack started on Friday, May 12, 2017, and is unprecedented in scale, already affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries. So far, the ransomware hit Russia, Ukraine, India, and Taiwan the hardest.

It spreads across local networks and the Internet to systems that did not update with the most recent security updates. It will then encrypt your hard drive and ask for a ransom in Bitcoins to get a decryption key. Most of the time, infected hard drives must be completely wiped to remove the malware and only about 50% of the time are the contents recoverable. This also impacts USBs. It uses software developed by the NSA.

Should I worry about it?

If you’re worried, don’t be just yet. Microsoft had released a patch back in March for this vulnerability, however, there are many machines worldwide that had not applied this patch and are therefore vulnerable to this attack. You should set your computers to automatically download and install the updates from Microsoft. but it is possible that some of your machines have not had this patch installed. and you should check the vulnerability of your computers. If you want to check if the patch is installed, you need to go to Start-Control Panel-Programs and Features, click on the link on the left side that says “View Installed Updates”. Scroll down the list to the section labeled “Microsoft Windows” and look for the following:

a. If you have Windows 7, look for KB4019364
b. If you have Windows 8, look for KB4019215
c. If you have Windows 10, look for KB4016871

What should I do if my computer is still vulnerable?

If your machine is still vulnerable, you can download and install the patch indicated from the following links:

a. Windows 10: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4016871/windows-10-update-kb4016871

b. Windows 8: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4019215/windows-8-update-kb4019215

c. Windows 7: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4019264/windows-7-update-kb4019264

For those still with Windows XP, Microsoft made the unprecedented step of releasing a patch yesterday to fix this exploit. You can download the patch here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55245

What else can I do to protect my computer?

Besides these security updates, what can you do to avoid this ransomware? Always be diligent to not open suspicious e-mails or e-mail attachments and never click a link that you’re unsure about. Always exercise caution if you’re suspicious. If you need help with your computer, we will always be by your side!

Give us a call at (310)-817-2700 or email us at info@vanguardsolutions.org, we will take care of the rest.

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