The latest reports show that “WannaCry” ransomware has emerged as one of the biggest threats to the Windows PC in which the attacker demands a minimum of $300 in the form of bitcoin. The worst part is that the attackers encrypt all of your important files and if you don’t pay the price, the ransom amount will start increasing on the basis of every day.
Which Versions of Windows Are Under Serious Threat
As there is no permanent solution discovered yet to encounter this problem, some of the Windows versions are under serious threat and need to be updated immediately. These versions include:
- Windows 8
- Windows XP
- Windows Server 2003 etc.
Also the systems with latest versions of Windows but without the latest security patches, are potentially the prey to this cyber attack. These versions include:
- Windows 10
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2016
How To Get The Security Patch
Microsoft is well aware of the problem and they released a security patch for some of the versions of Windows in March. This security update was primarily focused on the Ransomware issue. If you haven’t got the security update, install it from this link by selecting your Windows version.
Turn On The Automatic Update Feature Of Your PC
It may be irritating for you when Windows pops up a restart instruction after automatically installing the updates but this has to be done in order to protect your PC from the attackers. If you have turned it off, you must proceed to your PC’s Control Panel to turn on the notifications.
Best Protection Available
Keeping in mind the level of seriousness of this issue, a normal antivirus software won’t be enough. Try Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware or Cybereason Ransomfree to ensure your system’s security.