First Things First–If you already have WannaCry Ransomware on your computer:

If you’re getting this WannaCry Ransomware screen or anything like it, saying your files have been encrypted and demanding payment, immediately shut off the computer and all other computers on your network. The malware spreads through networks, so if one computer has it, another can be easily infected. Please call us at 757-337-5186 to help walk you through the next few steps.

WannaCry Ransomware lock screen example

How to Avoid Getting WannaCry Ransomware:

WannaCry Ransomware is in the news, and for good reason! It has affected at least 200,000 computers globally in the last few days, and this NBC report estimates that it’s just getting started! There are plenty of articles around describing what WannaCry Ransomware does and who is to blame, but the purpose of this post is to help you harden your systems against this attack, so let me get right into it!

1) AntiVirus Will Stop WannaCry Ransomware

I know, coming from an IT company it’s not a surprise that we are recommending you have antivirus software and to make sure it’s updated. Most A/V companies have already put out updates that will stop this malware in its tracks, so please make sure you have antivirus running and up to date. There are a LOT of different antivirus products out there, so I won’t cover how to check all of them here, but if you’re running Windows 10 (if you’re not, you should be) just right-click on the Start Button, then Control Panel. (It’s about the 6th item from the bottom of that menu)

Windows 10 Right-Click Menu with control panel selected

Next you’ll want to click in the top-right corner of the control panel where it says “view by” and make sure it’s on “large icons” or “small icons” that way it’s easier to find what you’re looking for than the “category” setting. Find “Security and Maintenance” and click on that. Then click on the “Security” heading to display something that looks like this:

Windows 10 Security and Maintenance Window

You want to make sure that you see “on” next to network firewall, virus protection, User Account Control, and Windows SmartScreen, and OK next to Internet Security Settings. If you need help changing any of those, please give us a call!

2) Windows Automatic Updates Will Stop WannaCry Ransomware

Microsoft put out an update in March that prevents WannaCry Ransomware from infecting computers, so if you have Windows Update set to Automatic, and it’s done updates recently, you should be protected from this strain of malware. Even if you’re running a non-supported Windows version, like Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, Microsoft has made patches available at the bottom of this page. 

Windows 10 Update screen

To make sure your Windows version is up-to-date, check your Windows Update area by clicking on the Start button, typing “windows update” and then click the “check for updates” or “Windows update” results. It should bring you to a screen that shows when the last update was applied to your computer. Again, if you have any questions or need help, please call us at 757-337-5186 or email us!