WannaCry Ransomware has created havoc in the world and till now when we are writing this more than 150 countries are infected and more than 200000 computers are out of work. The hackers in return were asking up to $300 in Bitcoin at the start which doubled in next couple of days.
What is more frightening is that this malware behaves like a warm and it has a potential to infect those computers and servers which are on the same network. There are few clear things which have emerged, and we would like to focus on that first before going further.
- Mostly business institutions, governments, hospitals are affected. There are some individual computers also affected.
- WannaCry Ransomware targeted the older versions of the Windows operating system.
- The help given here is on how you can protect your PC from the WannaCry ransomware.
- Windows 8
- Windows XP
- Windows Server 2003
The most recent Windows Operating System mentioned below are NOT vulnerable, but still, you need to have an up-to-date system as well.
- 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
The MacOS, ChromeOS, Linux or iOS and Android users need not to worry because this virus does not harm those operating systems are safe.
Update the Following Windows Versions Immediately
If you are using any of the below-mentioned versions of Windows OS, the best solution is to upgrade them to Windows 10/8.1/7 but if you don’t then update it at least. These Windows OS are
- Windows 8 x86
- Windows 8 x64
- Windows XP SP2 x64
- Windows XP SP3 x86
- Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86
- Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64
- Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86
How to Protect Your PC from WannaCry Ransomware
Solution #1: Turn ON the Windows Update if it is disabled
Because of many reasons users used to disable the automatic Windows updates primarily because it used to appear at any time even in the middle of the work. But let us inform you that Windows have finally sorted out that issue and now you can put the automatic updates ON. This will also help you to fight against any prospective malware including WannaCry Ransomware.
Solution #2: Install a Dedicated Ransomware Blocker
We know that you already have protected your PC with latest anti-virus and anti-malware but to fight with such a strong enemy like WannaCry Ransomware you need a dedicated anti-malware software. You may try Google to find such malware, but we have found two free options for you which are currently available in beta version. Here are the links.
Solution #3: Block port 445 for Extra Safety
Some of the analysts who are the expert on PC security have come out with an interesting solution. The solution is to block TCP port 445, and that will help the vulnerability if you have not patched your Operating System till now.
Follow the steps to Block port 445:
Step #1. Open Windows Firewall on your PC → Click ‘Advanced Settings.’
Step #2. A new window will pop-up on your screen. Click on the ‘Inbound Rules’ option in the left pane and then click on ‘New Rule’ on the right pane.
Step #3. Now, Choose the ‘Port’ option and then click ‘Next.’
Step #4. Next, check the ‘TCP’ option
Step #5. Now, Type ‘445’ right beside ‘Specific local ports’.
Finally, check the ‘Block the connection’ option and then click ‘Next.’
Now, you can finish this process by simply giving a random name.
Solution #4: Keep an Eye on What’s Happening
There are chances and plenty of them that those malwares may just come back with different names. So you need to keep your knowledge updated on these new names, and for that, you need to keep an eye on latest happenings in the tech world.
Solutions #5: Smartphone/Tablets are Safe But Take Care
It is a given that as of now Android and iOS are safe from such malware, but that doesn’t mean you can remain carefree. Do not click on any suspicious link in email or websites. If you are in doubt, do not tap.
Solution #6: Take Cloud Backup
It is always good to keep a backup on various Cloud platforms like Dropbox and its alternatives because whenever your system is attacked by malware such as WannaCry Ransomware you always have the backup to restore as without paying you will not get your data back.
Hope, you are now understood about how to protect your computer from WannaCry Ransomware.
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