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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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:iconkurinasemao99:
KURINASEMAO99 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  New Deviant Professional Interface Designer
thanks
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AnimeCupcake268 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
YAY! For once my windows 10 is not useless!! 
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TheXoriginalXSans Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Student General Artist
I know it has died down, but can you show me all 99 Countries affected by WannaCry like idk, Ctrl + C, V from a website?
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Student General Artist
Sure, go ahead. :) I've probably heard it before but it'd be handy for people reading the comments.
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:iconthexoriginalxsans:
TheXoriginalXSans Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Student General Artist
You know what is really funny about some viruses?
They'll avoid attacking specific computers if they have a language keyboard native to the hacker.
:D
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Student General Artist
XD That is quite funny!
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:iconthexoriginalxsans:
TheXoriginalXSans Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Student General Artist
even if u don't use that keyboard!
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:iconihypehackzftw:
iHypeHackzFTW Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  New Deviant
something simular to wannacry fucked up my botnet 
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Student General Artist
That's not good. Sorry to hear that.
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:iconraichurai:
RaichuRai Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Phew! I am glad to have Win10 Tamako Kitashirakawa (That's a relief) [V1] 
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:iconanimecupcake268:
AnimeCupcake268 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
me too! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconlydomi:
Lydomi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Why did I just found out about it omg
well for once I'm glad that I have windows 10
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:iconsmol-ketchup-packet:
Smol-Ketchup-Packet Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am super overprotective so I am up-to-date. I cannot get a anti-virus though, So I all have is the dumb windows thing. The Puffnines website almost gave me a virus which scared the heck out of me. I feel bad saying that because I love the Puffnine species. But the ad sent me to a random place. 


And, you are doing GOOD spreading this around, So I ended up giving you a watch. I favorited this and I am about to share.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Hope it helped and thanks! :)

Why can't you get an antivirus? What messages/errors are coming up or does it not install at all? I might be able to help give you advice for that if you'd like?
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:iconsmol-ketchup-packet:
Smol-Ketchup-Packet Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, It is just I am not over 13 ( And I am supervised by my older sister who is 13+ ) So I don't have permission too, So... Yeah. I really don't want deviant banning me though, It's not like I don't know what happens I know what happens, Heck been using computer since I was 4. 
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:iconbadcatalex:
Badcatalex Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017
Windows XP got a WannaCry patch.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Nice! :)
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:iconbadcatalex:
Badcatalex Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2017
Vista did too. As well as Server '03 and Windows Embedded + POSReady.
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:iconpyro-mxniac:
pyro-mxniac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
I'm running Windows Longhorn. Would that be affected?
Remember, where I come from, it was released and will be supported 'till 2025.
But, electronic technology where I'm from is much more advanced.
Longhorn runs on older technology than Windows Vista and above, but at the same time it's much more advanced technology.
It was ahead of its time, shame it was canned on Earth.
But those who make this shit need to be arrested!
I know I'm not much better than them, since I'm a vigilante, but at least I don't hurt people who are IN HOSPITALS! :facepalm:
I hate malware creators.
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:iconhexicpyth:
HexicPyth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Are you running Vista or LongHorn? I'm pretty sure LongHorn lost support in 2007 when windows Vista was released :P
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:iconpyro-mxniac:
pyro-mxniac Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017
Vista was released in 2012 here.so it's still new. Longhorn was released  on time in 2004.  But both OSes were intended to be supported for a long period of time. Ya see, this version of Longhorn shares a lot of features with a version you from Earth call Windows 7. 
Windows 7 never existed here, instead we got Longhorn SE. 
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Student General Artist
I honestly don't know. :shrug:
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:iconpyro-mxniac:
pyro-mxniac Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017
Whatever the truth is, people who make malware should be punished. 
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Aiyukilove7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
I should add(as a person who used to work in IT and have had this happen to me T.T) Do NOT have your storage account directly linked to your computer(as in a computer app) One woman had her Cloudbox(not google drive thank god) synced with her computer and it hit those files too. Thankfully it was an account she didn't use often.

Having cloud storage hooked up directly to your computer can make saving and "backing up" easier, but it also puts those files at risk.
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:iconryanthescooterguy:
ryanthescooterguy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Photographer
More importantly, you should disconnect from the internet before you archive your resources.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017  Student General Artist
:nod: :thumbsup:
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:iconcrystalshineofec:
CrystalShineOfEC Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017
Does this affect T&T?
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Student General Artist
I don't know...
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:iconclaw-san:
Claw-san Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I don't believe I've been affected by this, thank gosh!
Sucks for them, my dad works on computers and cars. ; )
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SonicBoomFan14 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Professional Photographer
I think something has hit my pc, after one of the updates. It wouldn't load, it would say "personalising settings" 
R.I.P my shit pc
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Student General Artist
;-;
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:iconw5446:
w5446 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhh... when was this virus made? I must know if its still active!
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Student General Artist
I think it's died down and isn't circulating nearly as much... apparently there's a new one called Petya now.
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:iconw5446:
w5446 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How does one get it, so I know how not to get it.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Student General Artist
I think it's only through infected networks and emails now.
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:iconw5446:
w5446 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK... WAIT! NOT OK! MY BROTHER SHARES THE SAME WIFI NETWORK WITH MY FAMILY! HE IS VERY GULLIBLE! HE ONE TIME HAD IS ROBLOX ACCOUNT AND HIS WINDOWS 10 LAPTOP WASTED BY DOWNLOADING BILLIONS OF VIRUSES SAYING THEY TILL GIVE HIM 10000+ ROBUX! IM SCARED! PLZ SAY BY "networks" YOU DONT MEAN WIFI! Im not affected by the email part because I only email Julian (AnimalJam Youtuber) and YandereDev.
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:iconbadcatalex:
Badcatalex Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017
Then install Avast Free Antivirus. Windows's builtin virus protection, Windows Defender/Security Essentials is trash. After installing Avast, explain to your brother that these messages are fake. There MIGHT also be a way to disable messages from people who are not friends with his account.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Yes, I mean wifi, intranets, all sorts.

Your best bet is to follow the above instructions to protect yourself against it.
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:iconw5446:
w5446 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mkay thanks, my brother uses the house computer now JUST to use Minecraft, so im safe. My parents are smart, so more safeness! But I was slightly scared that when I woke up and got on my laptop it would either A.Be have all programs deleted. B. Blue Screen. Or C. Say a core file is missing or corrupt.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Student General Artist
:)
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Yowafan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
We have a new problem to deal with... NotPetya.
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Student General Artist
Not another one... that's not good.
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RessurectedNightmare Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What are some good antivirus softwares I can get? uwu I'm a bit wary because I watched a vid of this guy downloading an antivirus on a virtual machine and he showed it had downloaded a buncha malware and stuff even though it said that was what it was supposed to get rid of! >->
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MiidnightForest Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I recommend that you put all downloads into the website virustotal.com which uses antivirus programs to scan a file. I don't download anything without scanning it in there first and I am yet to get a virus.
(unless you count all of that malware that was installed on my laptop before a got it...)
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Student General Artist
Avast, AVG and Malwarebytes are all good.
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:iconpyro-mxniac:
pyro-mxniac Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
AVG is actually very poor. It doesn't detect more than 39% of viruses out of every 100 that you'd catch. 
I use BitDefender like my admin does. Except I use the full version and he uses the free version. 
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:icontheartfrog:
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Student General Artist
Malwarebytes is better than AVG imo. 
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