How to protect yourself from the recent worldwide WannaCry ransomware SMB exploit attack May 15th, 2017
I’ll show you how to check to see if Windows XP Vista 7 8.0 or 8.1 is protected and where you can get the security patch / update. Windows 10 is protected by default and no patch is needed.
Windows XP, Vista and Windows 8.0 see the bottom of this page to get the update.
If you have installed all the recent (March, April or May 2017 cumulative rollups) Windows Updates for Windows 7 or 8.1 updates then you should protected. However if you have some doubt or have fallen behind in keeping Windows updated, you can download the following update to protect yourself.
2a) For Windows 7: Scroll down the “Operating System” column list and look for Windows 7: March, 2017 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4012212) March, 2017 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 (KB4012212)
2b) Windows 8.1 users: Scroll down the list and look for Windows 8.1: March, 2017 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1 (KB4012213) March, 2017 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB4012213)
3) Click on the link for you operating systems. This will take you to the “Microsoft Update Catalog”
4) Find your version (32 or 64Bit) version of KB4012212 for Windows 7 and click on the “Add” button to place this update in the “basket” located in the upper right corner.
5) Start the process of downloading the update by clicking on “view basket” and you should see the following for the 64Bit version of Windows 7: “March, 2017 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4012212) Windows 7 Security Updates 3/28/2017 33.2 MB”
6) Click on the ‘Download’ button and choose browse to a folder to download KB4012212 to. Best location is your Windows 7 “Download” folder (C:\Users\User Name\Downloads) then click on the ‘Continue’ button in the lower right corner.
7) The download progress will be displayed and you will be notified when the download has completed. This should take a minute or less depending on the speed of your Internet connection. After the download has completed ‘Close’ the download progress window. Then exit the Update Catalog’s “Thank you for downloading...” window by exiting your Internet browser. 8) To run the update located the folder created in step #7. Windows 7 64bit folder name example: March, 2017 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4012212).
9) Double click to open the folder. You can expect to see a very long file name with a .msu file extension. Windows 7 64bit example: AMD64-all-windows6.1-kb4012212-x64_2decefaa02e2058dcd965702509a992d8c4e92b3.msu
Please note that both Intel and AMD processors have a file name that start with “AMD64”.
10) To either install the update double click on the file. There will be a brief (if you kept your computer updated periodically) “searching for updates” followed by a prompt asking “Do you want to install the following Windows software update?” with the “Security Update for Windows (KB4012212)” listed.
11) Click ‘Yes’ to start the install. A “Restart” may be required.