Ransomware Alert And How To Protect Yourself Against It

In response to friday’s ransomware outbreak, which used recently revealed weaknesses in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to spread further and faster than any before, has prompted the Redmond-based developer to break its own rules on software maintenance in an effort to keep users safe. We at Dell Laptop Repair In Center in Palam Vihar Gurugram want our users to be safe from this ransomware.

The ransomware, also known as “WanaCrypt0r”, “WeCry”, “WanaCrypt” or “WeCrypt0r”, used a vulnerability in a Windows Server component to spread within corporate networks. The weakness was first revealed to the world as part of a massive dump of software vulnerabilities discovered by the NSA and then stolen by a group of hackers calling themselves “Shadow Brokers”.

Microsoft fixed the flaw shortly before the stolen data was published, leading many to conclude it had been surreptitiously tipped-off by the security agency about the existence of the flaw.

But Microsoft’s policy is that some commonly used versions of Windows no longer receive security patches; those versions include Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, both of which have not been sold for over a decade; and Windows 8, which some users prefer to the supported Windows 8.1 because of differences between the two versions of the operating system. Typically, the company only provides support to organisations which pay expensive fees for “custom support” for these out-of-date platforms.

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Once WeCry began spreading, however, Microsoft took the “highly unusual” step of releasing free security updates for those out-of-support versions of Windows, which can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website. Although, the vulnerability does not exist within Windows 10, the latest version of the software, but is present in all versions of Windows prior to that, dating back to Windows XP.

Hence, we at Dell Laptop Repair Home Service in Gurugram urge our clients as well as our readers either to upgrade as soon as possible or protect your laptops and computers at all costs. For those who have been infected, paying the ransom may seem a tempting way out of trouble. But experts recommend against doing so, arguing that not only does it not guarantee restoration of any files, but it also funds future crime. And, for now, it appears that victims agree: fewer than 100 have actually paid up.

Although, we are trying our level best at Dell Laptop Repair Center in Gurugram to find a solution for people who have been affected by the ransomware, but it seems a little too far fetched to even assume that a solution can be found. So, if you have not been affected as of now you can either take all the precaution yourself to avoid getting affected or you guys can even contact us to either upgrade your windows and even to install an antivirus in your laptop or computer to protect you from such ransomwares in the future too. Ransomwares like this are not the only reason due to which we urge our clients and readers to install a genuine windows and an antivirus, there are other threats out there too. This is it for now, stay tuned for more informative and interesting articles.

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