WannaCry Virus 2017

How to protect yourself
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What is Wannacry Virus?

WannaCry is a worm based Ransomware virus infecting computers around the globe in at least 99 countries affecting windows based computers from Windows XP up to Windows 10. WannaCry ransomware encrypts your pictures, videos, docs, bank details and other files and folders on your computer and makes them completely inaccessible.

In exchange for decrypting your files, the hackers are requiring you pay $300 in bitcoin. DO NOT pay the ransom. as of this time, no files have been released to people who have paid the fee.


What if I’m infected?

Unfortunately, if your computer becomes infected there is nothing that can be done. Your files are simply lost. Do not believe anyone who says they can be saved as this is simply not possible.

The hackers are using high levels of encryption that can not be broken.


How Do I protect myself?

Step One: backup your computer

Start by backing up all important files on your computer to an external hard drive or flash drive. once you have completed your backup remove the drive from your computer and store it in a safe place.
It is very important you do not leave the drive connected to the computer. 

Step Two: Force Windows updates

Next, you will need to make sure your computer is fully up to date. Windows has already released a patch for this virus but you may still need to update your computer.

If you are unsure how to update your computer please call us as we will walk you through it at no charge 701-330-8596


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