Version of Windows Affected by Malware Ransomware WannaCry

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Lots of news about Malware Ransomware WannaCry attacks, but some others are also exaggerated in scaring readers. In fact there was a broadcast message that tomorrow tomorrow is prohibited to turn on the internet a full day and night if you want to avoid WannaCry. Of course this advice is incorrect.

See: How to anticipate the threat of Malware Ransomware Wannacry

Microsoft actually has released a “patch” to make Windows immune to exploit attacks exploited by WannaCrypt (WannaCry) is since March 14, 2017 ago. Details can be found on the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 page.

So for you who are accustomed to routinely update Windows, would have been immune to this Ransomware WannaCry. Well the problem is for you who never / seldom update Windows and have missed this important patch.

See: Here’s how to still get Windows 10 for free

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Viewing the list in Microsoft Bulletin MS17-010, all versions of Windows get the security patch. This means that all versions of Windows that have not been installed MS17-010 MSB patch have exploit security holes exploited by Ransomware WannaCry.

However, Microsoft stated that specifically the exploit code of WannaCrypt is designed to infect Windows 7, Windows 2008, or other older operating versions of support – including Windows 8.x, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. Not updated with the patch above.

Windows 10 Safe from Ransomware WannaCry

Microsoft has confidently asserted several times that Windows 10 is safe from Ransomware WannaCry attacks. So for all Windows 10 users, especially those that are up to date with the latest security patch, do not worry about being infected with WannaCry.

But remember, never underestimate security. Although Microsoft says Windows 10 is safe from the current WannaCry attacks, make sure you regularly update so that if the future of this ransomware evolves and targets Windows 10, your OS is in the safest and most up to date position.

See: How to Get the New Windows 10 Creators Update

So if it is concluded there are several versions of Windows are easily affected by WannaCry, namely:

  • All Windows versions other than Windows 10 that have not been in patch with MS17-010 MSB update security. However, for Windows that is still supported when MS17-010 MSB patch released – such as Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Vista, still have a chance to immune to WannaCry if the automatic update feature is on.
  • The highest risk is owned by Windows whose support security period is over, because then there is no chance OS is updated automatically. Here includes Windows 8, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.
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