WannaCry Ransomeware is one of the worse malware attacks I’ve seen in years. It comes onto your computer (Windows only. Mac/Linux/Mobile Devices are safe and don’t need patching) and demands you pay $300 in Bitcoin or you can’t get access to any of your data. There are articles at the end of this post that go into more details about what it is and how it works. For this post, we are just showing you how to make sure you’re protected against this horrible malware.
If you aren’t a “detailed person” – here are the quick 3 things you can do right now to make sure you’re protected from this threat
- Get Malwarebytes paid-for version, install it and run a full scan.
- Do a Windows update on your system/Confirming all updates are complete
- Backup Your System
The Details of Protecting Your system and Finding out if Patch has been applied
Protect system with Malwarebytes
If you have the paid-for, updated version of Malwarebytes, you are safe. Malwarebytes is a product we recommend for all Windows (and Mac – although it’s free-only and does not do live-scanning for viruses on Mac) Computers – whether you have other protection or not. It usually will not slow down your machine. The only downside is the company is very clumsy with regards to implementing updates to itself and forces you to manually run the updates. Sometimes the protection randomly turns itself off. You may have to re-install product once in a while ton fix these minor annoyance. I’m hoping in future versions they stabilize the product.
They have a pretty goofy home page right now, but please make sure you click on above links. There are many nefarious companies claiming they are Malwarebytes but are just copycats who actually give you a virus.
Run Windows Updates / Check to see if you’re protected
To run Windows Update on Windows 10 computers, do a Windows (not Google) search, “Check for Updates.” Once you click on that link, Click “Check for Updates” and Windows will update you to the most recent version of patches.
Most likely, as almost all systems (Individual computers – not servers) I’ve checked, Microsoft has pushed through the Windows update on your system, unless you didn’t have “automatic updates” checked. Go to your Windows Update History and see if you have a current “Cumulative Update for Windows” installed in the last couple of weeks. This should (I can’t guarantee it) include the Security update – as this patch was pushed out on March 15, 2017. Many people seemed to have this pushed through – a “Cumulative Update” – within the last 2 weeks.
As previously mentioned, the vulnerability that caused all these problems in Windows computers was patched (aka fixed) in March of 2017. Unfortunately, many computers don’t have Windows Updates automatically turned on, so they don’t get patched. The key way to know you’re protected is to check your Windows Update History and see if MS17-10 (The patch that fixed the problem) was implemented. For more details on this, click on the security bulletin, find your version of the patch and check your updated History for Windows Update. Once again, running Windows updates until all Windows Updates are completed, will patch your system.
Back Up Your System
As we always recommend, backup, backup, backup. If you ever get hit unexpectedly with a virus/malware and you have a good backup, you can wipe affected system and reinstall your data. Make sure to keep a disconnected backup – so unplug USB drive and/or use cloud backup. If you keep same device on computer, then the backup could suffer the same fate at your computer.
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