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Old Windows PCs can stop WannaCry ransomware with new Microsoft patch

Users of aged Windows systems can now download a patch to strengthen them from this week’s large ransomware attack.

In a singular step, Microsoft published a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8—all of them handling systems for that it no longer provides mainstream support.

Users can download and find some-more information about a rags in Microsoft’s blog post about Friday’s conflict from a WannaCry ransomware.

The ransomware, that has spread globally, has been infecting computers by exploiting a Windows disadvantage involving a Server Message Block protocol, a file-sharing feature.

Computers putrescent with WannaCry will have their information encrypted, and arrangement a release note perfectionist $300 or $600 in bitcoin to giveaway a files.

Fortunately, Windows 10 business were not targeted in Friday’s attack. In March, Microsoft patched a disadvantage that a ransomware exploits—but usually for newer Windows systems. That’s left comparison Windows machines, or those users who unsuccessful to patch newer machines, vulnerable to Friday’s attack.

The ransomware was primarily found swelling by attachments in email phishing campaigns. In certain cases, a fraud emails simulated to paint a bank warning about a income transfer, according to Cisco’s Talos confidence group.

Users can strengthen themselves by being clever about such emails, Microsoft said. The company’s giveaway antivirus program Windows Defender, along with other third-party confidence products from those including Kaspersky Lab and Avast, will also detect and mislay a threat.

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