A recent global-scale cyber-attack hit thousands of computers, locking them down of their own personal files and demanding up to $300 worth of bitcoin to restore the original state of the computer – that amount doubles up after three days whether you want to get the decryption key or lose your files forever. Making matters worse, it goes through networks and servers that infect like a worm virus. This is now called the WannaCry ransomware. As of writing, it has infected more 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries – comprising hospitals, government authorities, banks, and even universities. Personal computers are also vulnerable – targeting old Windows OS without the latest patch available.
RANSOMWARE AFFECTED OS
Only three old OS can be affected by the WannaCry ransomware: Windows 8, XP, and Server2003. The latest OSsare free from the attack IF they are installed with the latest update: Windows 10, 8.1, Vista, 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016. Non-windows OS is free from the attack.
If you are one of the unlucky ones, here is a step-by-step process on how to protectcomputer from ransomware update 2017 .
KEEP WINDOWS UPDATE AND TURN ON AUTO-UPDATE
The best way to keep yourself from being attacked by the ransomware is to update to the latest Windows patch that you are using. You manually check all the available updates here. To download and install automatically from your computer: click the windows logo at the bottom-left, type “Windows Updates”, and open “Check for Updates”. Most users hated the auto-update feature of Windows 10 – as they turned it off, for good. But in this case, auto-updating might just save your files from being deleted.
INSTALL RANSOMWARE BLOCKER UPDATE 2017
One antivirus software is not enough to protect your computer, sooner or later, it can get passed by the security that the computer is currently using. To make sure that you’ll be able to protect yourself from ransomware, it is ideal to install a dedicated ransomware blocker like Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware or CybereasonRansomfree – both are free.