Protect Your Computer From WannaCrypt & WannaCry Ransomware

A cyberattack involving ransomware has been infecting computers and critical systems worldwide since Friday. The main ransomware programs, WannaCrypt and WannaCry, and their variants are infecting computers by exploiting a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system.  The malicious software then encrypts the contents of a computer and holds the information hostage until a payment is received.  University Information Technology Services (UITS) has been scanning our wired and wireless networks to identify potential weaknesses and has been actively engaged with our IT community to patch vulnerabilities.

Protect Your Computer with Security Patches

You should ensure that your work and personal computers that run Microsoft Windows are up-to-date on all security patches.

If you are running a supported operating system (Windows 7 – Windows 10), you should go to Windows Update to check the status of your updates and download, if needed, the latest security patches. If you have not been keeping up with your Windows Updates, then you may have to run it multiple times to get your computer completely up-to-date.

If you are running an unsupported operating system (anything before Windows 7), click on your operating system below to get a download link for the Microsoft-provided patch.

Windows XP (32Bit)

  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Select "Run..."
  3. Type "cmd" (without quotes) and click "OK"
  4. In the cmd window type wmic qfe get hotfixid | find "KB4012598"
    If you nothing comes back then you do not have the patch installed.
    You can download it from Microsoft here.

Windows XP (64Bit) / Windows 2003 Server (64bit)

  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Select “Run…”
  3. Type “cmd” (without quotes) and click “OK”
  4. In the cmd window type wmic qfe get hotfixid | find “KB4012598”
    If you nothing comes back then you do not have the patch installed.
    You can download it from Microsoft here.

Windows 2003 Server (32bit)

  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Select “Run…”
  3. Type “cmd” (without quotes) and click “OK”
  4. In the cmd window type wmic qfe get hotfixid | find “KB4012598”
    If you nothing comes back then you do not have the patch installed.
    You can download it from Microsoft here.

Protect Your Computer With Antivirus Software

Windows 10 – Windows Defender

Windows 10 - Windows Defender is natively installed on your computer.  To determine if Windows Defender is able to protect your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Start button
  2. Select Settings
  3. Update & Security 
  4. Windows Defender
  5. Look for and select Open Windows Defender
  6. Select Update tab in Windows Defender
  7. Select Update Definitions

Windows 7 – System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP)

Please follow the download link - http://software.uconn.edu/antivirus/