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WannaCry Virus Spread and Prevention.

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I'm sure many of you are aware of the Ransomware virus going around called "WannaCry".


For those that don't know, it's a virus spreading around the globe at this current time. Once your computer contracts the virus a majority of your files gets encrypted, and a popup comes up claiming you have pay a certain amount of funds to get your files decrypted and useable again.
It was estimated 3600 computers were hit with this virus every hour, infected over 150 countries and has infected more than 200,000 computers already. (Increasing slowly as we speak since people are now updating and protecting themselves)

Although the virus was stopped, new versions and methods are starting to spread up again.

Windows 10 is protected against this attack. (Provided you've updated in the last couple months)
However, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, 7, 8 and 8.1 are not.

To protect against this attack, and stop the chance of your computer getting infected and losing your files forever, you'll need to download and install the new released Windows patch for those systems.(I know, who updates windows these days? Noone, thats why the virus was so effective.)

For most systems and versions, you simply go to Control Panel > Security > Windows Updates and look for the most recent patch.
If this isnt available for you, google is an amazing tool, search how to install it.
If you cannot find a patch after googling and checking your updates list, click here and download your correct version.
Note: If you are running auto-updates you most likely already have the fix installed by now.

 

FAQ:

"Why do we care? The chance of us being hit is low isnt it?"
No, infact according to IPBoard statistics, a majority of users on the forums are in countries that have been hit and spread the most.
So I'm being nice and informing everyone, as you once you get the virus, kiss your files good bye. I've already seen 2-3 status updates with members saying some of their family and people they know have been hit with it.

"What do we do if we are hit with it?"
Install Antivirus software immediately or run your current one you have on your system, although it won't save your files, it'll stop the virus from encrypting any more files on your pc and remove the annoying popup.
Unfortunately to my knowledge, unless you have a backup, any files that were encrypted in that time are forever lost.(Which is why you should patch now.)   

"If we pay the ransom do we get our files back?"
No, it's a virus, intended to steal money and its impossible for the devs to track your computer down after payment, so no.
Do not pay the money, as you will not gain any decryption key as promised.

 

This post is probably useless to many of you who have heard of this before and already protected themselves, this post is intended for those who are not. As I said before, the original Wannacry virus was halted, however new versions and methods have released work arounds, so the virus is still spreading, although slowly, it still is, hence me writing this post.

PM or Google any questions if need be, or if I got anything wrong.

 

 

 

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