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:bulletpink: Intro :bulletpink:


Funny how all these years of me picking and choosing updates to keep my computer functioning how I want it (you know... to have what you paid for and keep my product without others stealing it and modifying it *cough*badupdates*cough* ... basic consumer rights... but anyway) came to haunt me.

So I finally decided that I'd bite the bullet and update my updates... only to find out Windows Update was refusing to update and would forever stay stuck "searching for updates". Just my luck. When I really don't want updates they try to install, and when I really need them they don't.
Anyhow, why am I so desperate to update, you might ask?

I'll tell you. And you should tell everyone you know too, if they haven't already seen the news...


:bulletred: The RansᴏmWare Global Epidemic :bulletred:


Perhaps the largest cyber-attack in the history of computing has just happened this weekend.


(13/05/17)

A group called the Shadᴏw Brᴏkers have released a really nasty piece of malware called "WannaCry" which is spreading like wildfire.

It has already infected over 75,000 computers in 99 countries across the globe. This has screwed over the NHS (British health service) and various hospitals around the world, ruined university computers, bank computers... even factories like those belonging to Nissan have halted production.

And here's the really f*cked up thing about the malware... it's not just disruptive... it holds your system hostage:

If it infects your computer, it will encrypt your files and provide a countdown, holding your files for ransom. If you do not pay within the allotted time, they'll delete everything.


DO NOT PAY THE RANSOM if you do get infected.

There's no guarantee that criminals will even bother giving your files back. Once you get the malware, you might as well consider your files gone. 


:bulletblue: So what can I do to stop it? :bulletblue:


These tips will (hopefully) help you prevent it affecting you.
If you're already infected, then I'm sorry but it's too late.


  • TURN OFF YOUR INTERNET RIGHT NOW. Disconnect your laptop/computer. Turn it onto flight mode if you can. Now take this opportunity, while you're not linked to the internet, to back up your files and folders to an external hard drive. If you don't have one, then buy one now if possible. If you can't, then choose the files most important to you and back them up to a normal USB. Just at least back up whatever you can to a storage device that isn't connected to the internet. It might also be handy to back up installers for the programs you have on your laptop, or even the folders in Appdata or Program files (if you know what you're doing).
  • Once you're finished the first step, turn the internet connection back on and update your Windows Updates fully up to date and download the patches Microsoft is offering. The malware seems to target out of date systems. Windows 10 seems to be unaffected. But if you're using Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1, don't hesitate to update your updates.
  • Update all your Antivirus software. Check the blogs of the antivirus company's websites to see if they've specifically responded at all to the "ransᴏmware" epidemic or "WannaCry". If they haven't, consider installing other antivirus software from trusted sites. AVG, Avast and Malwarebytes seem to be good choices.
  • Update your browser. That yellow bar on DeviantArt makes a lot more sense now. It's best to follow it's advice and update your browser. 
  • Download the MS17-010 security update. This is the patch specifically for the ransomware.
  • If you can't find or install MS17-010 for whatever reason, the second safest thing you can do is to disable SMBv1:

How to disable SMBv1:

:bulletblue: If you're using Windows Vista or 7. :bulletblue: 

Look at the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2696547.

:bulletblue: If you're using Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 or other later systems. :bulletblue: 

  1. Open your Control Panel, go into Programs, and then click Turn Windows features on or off.
  2. In the Windows Features window, clear the SMB1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support checkbox, and then click OK to close the window.
  3. Restart the system.

The SMBv1 protocol will now be disabled. If you want to undo it, just retrace these steps and check the box instead.


:bulletblue: If you're using Windows 10. :bulletblue: 
For once Windows 10 is good for something! Windows 10 is currently unaffected by the ransomware. Windows 10 can be affected too if you're not updated. Luckily Win 10 doesn't have the same SMBv1 problems, so all you need to do on 10 is keep it updated.

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If you have any further questions, I may have already answered them in this FAQ:  Ransomware Epidemic FAQThis journal is a sort of extension to my previous journal, which I'd highly recommend you read since it contains info about how to protect your computer: PLEASE READ - The Ransomware Epidemic
In this journal I'll answer some of the frequently asked questions in relation to the ransomware epidemic.
:bulletgreen: How does it spread? :bulletgreen:
From what I can gather, WannaCry sets up infected machines to act as servers that spread it to other computers nearby on connected networks. 
Also it appears to spread via emails as well, so be cautious and don't click on unfamiliar links in emails.
:bulletorange: Which systems are being affected? :bulletorange:
So far it's only older Windows computers being affected. Windows XP and Vista are most at risk since


Stay safe everyone!

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:iconwildesigner:
WilDesigner Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I'm pretty sure Shadow Brokers were the ones who made the NSA tool leak, not the creators of the ransomware it was made using, who haven't fully been identified.
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:icondeterminedtodie:
DeterminedToDie Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Student Filmographer
welp, fuck.
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:iconfullmetal0thunder:
Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Filmographer
These people need to be arrested for the damage they have caused. 
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Yep. But given the nature of the crime I doubt they'd be caught. :(
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:iconmasked-kindness:
Masked-Kindness Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Maybe that's the reason why my computer nearly got infected
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:iconcreationcomplex:
creationcomplex Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
generally speaking, if you can download ublock plus / adblock, that helps massively.

i don't keep antivirus software on my computer due to the tendency to slow the computer(s) down, unfortunately.
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:iconrestlessparadox:
RestlessParadox Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yo thanks for sharing this when it happened lmao
luckily i didnt have internet around when this happened but my parents are in information security and work with a large corporation so i heard all about it :0
it was pretty wild but i think someone (accidentally!! amazingly!!) found a way to reverse it 
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:iconparadoxsketchbook:
ParadoxSketchbook Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I was writing in the app which accidentally posted to a journal featured on the bottom as related ^^;
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:iconjytteh:
JytteH Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see!
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:iconparadoxsketchbook:
ParadoxSketchbook Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I was trying to post the comment on the HARPG Wishing Well journal
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:iconcomfy-walf:
Comfy-walf Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This honestly reminds me of something which happened once before...

Back in 2012-2013(?) I had Windows 7, but for some odd reason, right after I logged on, it was pitch black (with nothing but my cursor), so later my bro installed Windows XP Media Center.

After a while of using Windows XP, there was a fake FBI ransomware virus which infected my computer, so I was really scared, but luckily I:
1. held the power button for a while until the ransomware's popup disappeared, then hurried up and canceled the shutdown (forgot how I did it)
2. did more research on it and deleted suspicious looking folders (I had to be careful and examine the contents of the folder to see if they're important or useless)
3. started using antivirus software (always important!) and it probably got rid of it

I forgot what happened later on, but nowadays I use Windows 7 and Linux Mint 18.1 dual booted, so in case Linux Mint has a problem I can switch back to Windows 7 to fix it, and if Windows 7 has a problem then I can switch back to Linux Mint to fix it, and etc.

But hearing about the WannaCry ransomware makes me want to stay on Linux, because I don't want to go through that again...
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:iconglitcher:
glitcher Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'll take you off my block list if you transfer $100 to my Paypal account. :devilish:
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Student General Artist
Nah. I'd rather be blocked. :P
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:iconidrawcountryballs:
Idrawcountryballs Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
>>Le on windows 7

>>No WannaCry things

>>WannaCry linked to North Korea

>>Life is well
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:iconartofengineering:
ArtofEngineering Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
Just a little heads-up, someone actually reverse-engineered WannaCry and was able to activate its kill switch. WannaCry and WannaCrypt should not be a threat anymore unless you somehow got it on a system that is not connected to the internet.

As always, though, make sure your system is up to date and protected, and be proactive with your web browsing. You never know when the next big cybersecurity threat is going to rear its ugly head.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Student General Artist
I already covered that in the FAQ. That did happen, but since then new strains of the malware have emerged. Luckily most of those are either hindered in their circulation or protected against now. :)
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:iconghostlynxx:
Ghostlynxx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sheesh, good thing I use windows 10! I knew absolutely nothing about this ransomware. Luckily, I have enough coding knowledge to keep it away but good god I just did more research on it and now I'm paranoid as hell. Good on you for warning people! All of the advice you gave is very relevant in dealing with this nasty stuff. So pat on the back and a cookie for you! ^w^
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MetroidHedgie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are kind of just looking for attention because it was found WannaCry only attacked corporations and important business workers, not artists that aren't popular enough to be globally known
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student General Artist
:facepalm: Sorry but that's a load of horsecrap. The Wannacry malware doesn't discriminate. It targets all computers and networks it can.

The only reason it seems as if it does is because Win 10 has privacy issues and is less stable than older versions, so many businesses stick with the older ones, and since the ransomware targets older systems, that's why it would seem that way.
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:iconmetroidhedgie:
MetroidHedgie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And where the hell do you think it started? Lmao, do your research. 
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student General Artist
Do yours. I'm right and you're wrong to say that it doesn't affect non-business computers, because it does. Fact.  It targets older Windows systems. It can affect EVERYONE who isn't protected against it.

I can't be bothered with people who deny the facts, especially about something so serious. :/
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:iconmetroidhedgie:
MetroidHedgie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, are you a fucking idiot? I want you to go onto wikipedia and see if it's in present or past tense. 
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student General Artist
I'm far smarter than you apparently. Jesus... you're as annoying as a 9/11 denier. Please stop denying the facts.
And I sure hope you're not telling people your drivel because you're putting their files at risk if you do. Please stop being so ignorant and just listen to me, a person who's good with computers and has actually done a few good hours of research into this thing before even posting this journal.

It's still out there. Most outbreaks have been contained by now or protected against, but ultimately there will be some strains of the malware still circulating.

And read your own wikipedia article:
"12 May 2017 – 15 May 2017 (initial outbreak)" That was the initial outbreak. It's not over.

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MetroidHedgie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how you don't even know what an internet troll is, look how easily you get mad at people. You're the kind of person that acts all high and mighty. What a dumb ass lmfao
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student General Artist
Sorry, I've dealt with a lot of ignorant people recently and frankly I'm getting tired of the levels of ignorance and stupidity around me. Nice to know that you're actually trolling. :)
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cryssi-the-acid-slim Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to spread this! WARN PEOPLE! Someone i know almost got Wannacry! She luckily avoided it. And do you download it?
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Student General Artist
Check the FAQ at the bottom too. :)
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:iconcryssi-the-acid-slim:
cryssi-the-acid-slim Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I just did.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Student General Artist
Did it help? :? :)
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:iconcryssi-the-acid-slim:
cryssi-the-acid-slim Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Student General Artist
Great! :D
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:iconlesi-chan0911:
Lesi-chan0911 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Student General Artist
But, even if they do hold your computer at ransom, and they delete all the files, it would be the same as accidentally breaking or spilling water on your device right? I mean, if they give such a high ransom, wouldn't it be a better scenario for a person who broke their computer and then bought a new one?
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Student General Artist
You can actually just take it to a repair shop and wipe your entire hard drive, reinstalling the OS, and putting your backed up files back on. Cheaper than buying a new one.
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GriswaldTerrastone Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
I back up my files periodically on a USB drive.

If the ASUS is too badly fouled up...I just reset the whole works to "just out of the box."

But my setup is relatively simple; for example I do not have social media or play multiplayer online games, or have games that require an Internet connection to play, so is it that easy for everyone?
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Student General Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconraysonic01:
Raysonic01 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Luckily I have Win10 on my laptop so I'm safe. But seriously,this is sick! Like what kind of a sick,twisted person would do this?! My guess is they want money from those poor people who paid the ransom. (Ny home country has been infected by this ransomware as well.) 
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:iconghostlynxx:
Ghostlynxx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, people don't care about others. All they want is money and nothing else, that's the main reason why malware and ransomware exist unfortunately.
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:iconraysonic01:
Raysonic01 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep.
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:iconghostlynxx:
Ghostlynxx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, stay safe! ^^
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:iconraysonic01:
Raysonic01 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I will! ^^
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:iconn30n-t3ch:
N30N-T3CH Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly...
I don't believe in this, its probably something to distract us once more from the government, especially since that attack in the UK happened pretty soon after (I have sympathy for the victims and their families/friends, I'm not that heartless), but then again, I am a conspiracy theorist. (Please do not yell/attack me for it, thank you)
Besides, my grandfather says its for pirated copies of Windows (We dont have that, we buy everything and dont cheat), and my neighbor is an IT guy, and he says nothing has happened/changed. Also, Kapersky expired a long time ago on my Lenovo laptop, and nothing ever happened, my drivers/files/games/music/etc are still available. Although, if I'm not playing games or watching YT vids, I turn off my internet connection and put my computer on airplane mode.

But that's just me. :)
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Student General Artist
It doesn't matter whether you believe in it or not. The objective fact remains that it is very much real.

Given the insane state of our current world, I don't blame you for being a conspiracy theorist, but really I know that the malware exists and think that in this instance you are jumping to incorrect conclusions about the malware. 

That being said, given your online habits and your computer, you sound like you'll be fine anyhow. 
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N30N-T3CH Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, didn't mean to seem to jump there, I know that it is very real, its affected the UK Health systems. And I've dealt with malware before on our old XP, and my mom went nuts updating everything on our Win.7 during that April Fools virus thing. Plus, when WannaCry came out, my grandfather immediately shut down his and my moms computers, and told me to disable the wifi from my laptop. Believe me, I didn't use it for almost a week since the attack.

Thank you.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Student General Artist
I see. Stay safe. :)
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:iconn30n-t3ch:
N30N-T3CH Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, you too :)
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polsonous Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Advice on ransom

Experts advised against paying the ransom due to no early reports of people getting their data back after payment and as high revenues would encourage more of such campaigns.

found on wikipedia.

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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconpolsonous:
polsonous Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
mhm
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