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Windows ransomwareYou're probably aware that there's a massive ransomware epidemic spreading right now. It's already affected companies and computers in more than 150 countries, and causing untold misery for hundreds of thousands of people whose computers have been rendered unusable.

If you're running Windows 10 and you have enabled automatic updates, then you have nothing to worry about. The same goes for Windows 7 and 8.1.

However, if you use Windows XP, Vista or 8.0, you are at serious risk. Microsoft has released a patch which will protect you from this particular issue, which you'll find at http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598, and you should install it as soon as you can.

 

 

 

 

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Microsoft released a patch for most Windows systems in March 2017, including Windows 7.0, to protect against WannaCrypt

It seems all Windows versions are vulnerable, if you dont have mandatory updates - and specifically March 2017 update
The only reason Windows 10 is a little safer, is that it has mandatory updating

Search "Wannacrypt"Microsoft" to find the official Microsoft advice

"Microsoft solution available to protect additional products" (Microsoft, 12 May 2017)
"Customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March.
If customers have automatic updates enabled or have installed the update, they are protected.
For other customers, we encourage them to install the update as soon as possible"

I have Windows 7, and with some difficulty, I found the Microsoft page with the March 2017 patch for Windows 7, for those who dont like mandatory updates

Running Windows 10. Home.
Read article and looked if latest patch/update had been accessed.
Tried 5 times to load:-
Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4019472)
Dowloaded but would not install???

I had to uninstall my security software before this update would install. Then reinstalled it.

I don't know, but if you have active security software running, perhaps you security software is blocking it. If you have automatic update enabled then you're already protected; if not then go to the updates page for Windows 10 and have the updates installed, but make sure your security software will let it pass through - it should automatically, but if not you will have to adjust your settings.

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