What is WannaCry Ransomware?
Ransomware is basically a type of malicious software that blocks a user from accessing the data until a ransom is paid to unlock it. In the case of WannaCry, the ransomware encrypts the data on your computer and asks for a ransom in form of bitcoins to get your data decrypted again.
The WannaCry started attacking computers on Friday, 12 May, infecting more than 200,000 computers in over 105 countries. A ransomware can be delivered through malicious links or files contained in emails or websites.
How to Protect Your PC From WannaCry?
1. Install Security Patches and keep your System up-to-date.
As soon as Microsoft realized that WannaCry is a big problem and spreading worldwide, they pushed out security patches to all the versions of Windows, including discontinued, Windows XP. You must enable automatic updates if you haven’t already and keep your system up-to-date.
2. Install A Good Anti-Malware
It’s always a good idea to have an anti-malware installed in your computer. We do know that recent versions of Windows come with Windows Default by default, but there are times when it’s not just good enough. Especially, if you are running an older version of Windows, do install any good anti-malware, as it will remove any malware and ransomware as soon as it detects one. Here is the list of some good ransomware removal software.
- Malwarebytes 3 (Free trial / $39.99 per year)
- Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 (Free Trial / $44.99 per year)
- Kaspersky Internet Security (Free trial / $54.99 per year)
3. Backup All Your Data
Once a ransomware like WannaCry infects your system, it will encrypt all the data on your system and then either you have to pay the ransom or forget all your data, so it is much better to take the backup of your system, so in case of ransomware attack you will be able to restore using the backup.