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WannaCry Ransomware Attack
Ransomware is probably the most destructive and hardest forms of computer virus to remove from any computer system. There are many variations of this virus the most recent being the WannaCry Virus.
The WannaCry Virus has quickly spread all over the world starting in May, 2017. The virus has spread to more than one hundred countries and several hundred thousand computers.
This type of virus can be installed by a phishing scam. A phishing scam is when you receive a spam email with an attachment. If you click the link, the virus tries to infect your system.
WannaCry can also be installed through vulnerabilities in your computers operating system, or other software. This is why you need to make sure that you always install the update patches on your operating system and that your software always has the most recent version.
The WannaCry Ransomware Virus generally appears on your screen with a message telling you that your computer has been compromised and your files have been encrypted. The message will also tell you that to fix this you must send an amount of Bit Coins in order to get the code to unencrypt your files.
How to protect yourself? Update, Protect and Backup.
- You need to update all Microsoft (and non Microsoft) security patches and updates on all of your computers.
- You need to have really good anti virus software installed on all of your computers. Keep it updated and run it on a regular basis.
- You must have off site backups completed on a daily basis.
If you already have the WannaCry Ransomware Virus, in some cases it can be reversed. In others you can pay the ransom and sometimes your files will be unencrypted.
In both cases if your system has become compromised, you will need to either start with a clean install or try to make sure you have removed all the remnants of the virus.
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