The most advanced and a devastating virus named WannaCry (Wanna Crypt0r 2.0) which is basically a Ransomware, has spread. This is the worst virus ever found and it spreads like fire.This ransomware infects computers by using a flaw in the SMB protocol in Microsoft Windows Operating systems. What this virus does is that it encrypts the data in targeted systems and demands a ransom to be paid by the victim to restore his precious data.
HOW THIS RANSOMWARE SPREADS ?
IS WINDOWS XP PROTECTED ?
DOES IT AFFECT OTHER OS PLATFORMS ?
HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM THIS VIRUS ?
STEP 1 : Install a leading Antivirus program for your PC.
If you dont have money to buy advanced protection, then go for free ones. There are plenty of antivirus companies in the internet giving free antivirus softwares. If your unsure which one to download , then go for Kaspersky free antivirus which is one of the best. After downloading,make sure you update your antivirus. Antivirus are worthless unless they are updated.
Antiviruses use virus definitions to identify whether the file is a virus or not. So make sure you update their virus definition, to ensure your up-to-date with latest ones.
STEP 2 : Install latest updates for your Windows Operating System
Make sure you install the latest updates provided by Microsoft on your PC. This is applicable for Windows 7 and later version of operating system’s. As for Windows XP and Windows Vista you can download Anti-WannyCry ransomware update from Microsoft. Note that Windows 7 and later version get this update automatically through Windows Updates.
Download Anti-Ransomware from here (Official link).
STEP 3 : Install an Anti-spyware software for your PC
Most of time, people ask me whether installing anti-spyware along with antivirus is good for the PC ?.The answer is Yes, as long as you dont run them together its fine. Disable your antivirus for sometime and then scan using your anti-spyware software so that both dont clash together 🙂
Also if your ever infected with a malware, first scan with your antivirus,remove threats and then scan again using your anti-spyware.
You can download Malwarebytes Anti-malware (the best one) from here.
STEP 4 : Stop using Windows XP
Microsoft itself stopped supporting windows XP, even though there are thousands of people who use it. From this move Microsoft wants all windows XP users to upgrade to a newer technology and secure operating system because Windows Xp is not capable to meet with the newest security features.
You can either upgrade your PC to Windows 7,8,8.1,10 or try installing Linux if your PC wont support windows 7 or newer versions. Trust me, linux is the most advanced and the most secure version of OS you can get for free. At some points it is better than Windows Operating system. Linux is has a huge open source community , so your problems wont be left behind and will be patched up faster.Some of them are very light like Tinycore (20mb) while some are more popular like Ubunu-linux.
STEP 5 : Install a firewall to monitor your network traffic.
There are so many firewalls on the internet. The best one is Comodo Firewall and Glassfire firewall which is free. A firewall monitors your internet traffic and alerts you if there is any incoming connection which is harmful. In order to save yourself from this dreadful Ransomware, you must install a firewall on your PC along with the above steps.
FINAL WORDS :
Installing all these utilities is not enough, make sure you use the Internet safe and know what you are downloading onto your PC. Always make a backup of your precious files on to a CLOUD SERVER like google drive, drop box etc. If your PC is somehow infected, don’t panic and don’t pay the sum of money the ransom ware asks for($300). Take your PC to a tech and try to recover your data.
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